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Our 5 cents on popcorn removal

Owner:  Should I really remove the popcorn from my ceiling?  popcorn

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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December 8, 2010 at 2:08 am Leave a comment

Should I stay or should I go? … I talked a client out of selling & buying today

I have been talking with prospective clients for a couple weeks about selling their central Austin home and purchasing a newer home with more space & less maintenance.  They were asking me to help them analyze their options including staying, adding on, basic rehab, maybe kitchen remodel, doing nothing, selling as fixer-upper, how much equity to use or not to use, what is deferred maintenance, what is improvement, best equity & appreciation outlook.  I could tell one spouse was gung-ho and the other not on board.  It is the proverbial “should I stay or should I go” debate; the add-on / rehab vs. buy a new house discussion.

The sell would be around $250k, the purchase maybe $300k.  That’s over $15k in commission for my business.  I think I just talked them out of moving and I feel good about it.  Here’s why …

They wanted to know what their best equity & appreciation position would be for a 5-10 year outlook.  Based on neighborhood #1 (current & near Mueller, Cherrywood) and neighborhood #2 (prospective new, slightly suburban), the best outlook was to stay put, take care of the deferred maintenance, fix up the kitchen, enjoy the kitchen, grow the equity.  They may decide to sell in a couple years or may stay put for 10, but the neighborhoods surrounding Mueller have an excellent outlook and are better insulated from market fluctuations than the suburbs.

It’s the honest truth and it is my job to look after my clients’ best financial interests.  The Realtor code of ethics says that is my obligation; it’s my shortest job description.

Some things that may have swayed the decision or recommendations the other way include:  if they were both on the same page, if the motivation to move was solidly in place for both, if they needed to sell & buy to create a better financial situation.  Any one of those things solidly in place and we would probably be moving forward to sell the house.

I see couples change their minds all the time and I get that.  It can be a lot of money and a lot of hassle to rehab the kitchen and work through the deferred maintenance … some folks are up to the task, some embrace it, some not so much.  They may call me in a few weeks or six months and want to move forward.  Or they may end up falling in love with their house and their neighborhood and themselves all over again.

The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty in Austin strives to bring you valuable real estate information and news through this blog and our other online resources.  Find more about The Nelson Project and search for Austin homes at www.TheNelsonProject.com.  if you like this blog, you may want to visit our totally useful Austin neighborhood portal.  If you really like what you see, tell your friends to call us with all their Austin real estate needs.

 

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Goodbye pink, hello tight …

Removing old pink insulation …

Continue Reading February 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Home Warranty Coverage – What does it do for me?

The mystical home warranty. This blog tells more about general home warranty coverage, what it costs, and includes a few tricks of the trade you’ll need to know when reporting any problem to your warranty company!

Continue Reading August 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Diary of an Energy Audit

we were pretty sure our 1976 Northwest Hills home could use some efficiency improvements.

Continue Reading July 21, 2009 at 12:09 am 1 comment

Austin Energy Audit – 1st stats

85% of homes are leaking above the “10% or less” that is considered acceptable for energy efficiency

Continue Reading June 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

Trudging through Texas Real Estate: What to expect from the Contract Option Period as a buyer or seller

If you’ve ever put off a ‘honeydo list’ of pesky home repairs, getting to those can be essential if you are getting ready to put your home on the market for sale.

Continue Reading May 18, 2009 at 12:01 am 1 comment

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