Popcorn ceilings gotta go

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Popcorn Ceilings gotta go

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One of my least favorite features in a house is a popcorn ceiling; and many of my clients who are looking at buying seem to feel the same way.   They are many reasons to get rid of it, but here's my top reasons:

  • It's dingyPopcornCeiling1-main_Full
  • If it's not painted,it fades
  • It can get stained easily
  • It can start flaking off
  • It attracts cobwebs, dirt, and soot
  • It's the mark of an older home
  • AND, most importantly it's ugly

Some Realtors (including myself) think popcorn removal is one of the best improvements to do to a house before selling.

Here's some important steps to keep in mind

The most important step before you start ............ have your ceiling tested to see if it contains asbestos, banned in the late 1970's.   Check out your local yellow pages for asbestos testing as there are many companies than can come and run the tests.   If your ceiling contains asbestos it's not just the removal process that is risky, but you will also have to make sure that the hazardous debris from the ceiling is disposed of properly.  

Here's some of the steps involved in pulling the popcorn off the ceiling.  Also, remember if the popcorn ceiling has been painted it is more difficult to remove than if there is no paint on it.   Unpainted ceilings are wet down and scraped clean whereas a painted ceiling can be a a bit more resistant.

Before you start get your tools ready.

(2)       First step: remove furniture and completely cover the area to keep the debris confined to a specific area.

(2)       The second step: wet the popcorn ceiling with a small water sprayer. The key to removal is to keep the ceiling wet.

(3)       The third step: carefully scrape away the popcorn without damaging the drywall underneath.

(4)       The fourth step: use drywall compound to touch up any areas that need it.

(5)       The fifth step: apply your selected texture by hand.

(6)       The sixth step: prime and paint the ceiling after the texture is fully dry.

Another alternative could be to install a new drywall ceiling over the popcorn. You would lose about 1″ of ceiling height but it might be the most hassle-free way of getting rid of that popcorn.

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    Gita Bantwal
    RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
    REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

    Popcorn ceilings were popular once . Good tips for sellers who are thinking of selling their home that has popcorn ceilings.

    Jan 08, 2010 09:16 PM #1
    Angela Lawrence
    Noble Merit Real Estate Services - Winston-Salem, NC

    We had stains on our popcorn ceiling, there is a product called Kilz Upshot, it comes in a spray can and made for popcorn ceilings - stain sealer......... works perfect.  The color is aged and blends in without notice.  Highy recommend.

    Jan 08, 2010 10:50 PM #2
    Michael Setunsky
    Woodbridge, VA
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    Kathy, this looks like it could be a pretty messy job. I like your alternative solution. Thanks for the info.
    Jan 09, 2010 12:15 AM #3
    Joan Zappa
    Eagles Wings Realty - Montrose, CO
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    I think you hit it. It really can change the feel of a home when it is "upgraded or modernized" by removal, retexture and paint.

    Jan 10, 2010 11:30 AM #4
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