Our 5 cents on popcorn removal
Owner: Should I really remove the popcorn from my ceiling?
Realtor: Preferably. Good friend: definitely.
Ah, the popcorn question. It is very much a dated thing. HGTV has helped the buying public refine their tastes but no one likes the popcorn in Austin. Why did they use them in the first place? It was cheaper than painting. The problems? Besides the dated factor, they get dirty (they collect dust, cannot be brush them off), serve no purpose (besides an easier job for the painters) and are very messy to remove (vacant is best).
In Austin, buyers walk into a house (most buyers, not all) and when they see the popcorn ceilings actually say “ugh.” Generally, the top 3 things you can do to update a house (besides removing orange and green and / or golden things) are wallpaper, kitchen basics & popcorn ceilings.
It’s not all that difficult to remove, but it’s very messy so best done in a vacant home before you move in. I have done one room myself personally. That was fun. Now, from here on out, I’ll hire it out. If you live in the home, you want to seriously tape off the room and seal any vents as dust is a big issue with this project.
How to remove? Simply put: spray with water, scrape, repeat.
If the texture was applied before 1978, it may contain asbestos. The only way to know is with a lab test through a certified asbestos testing agency. I think you can get a kit at Home Depot.
A more detailed how-to: http://www.ehow.com/how_15096_remove-popcorn-texture.html
If you’re selling your house, you’ll want to seriously consider the popcorn “ugh” factor. Austin buyers are picky and we want to optimize their first impression of the home. Everyone talks about curb appeal (very important) but there is the open-the-front-door appeal and popcorn ceilings will get an immediate mild groan … happens all the time.
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