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Selling Your Home? Get Rid of That Popcorn Ceiling First!

Selling Your Home? Get Rid of That Popcorn Ceiling First!

You're getting ready for a home sale, and there are many things to do to make sure your home makes a great first impression on potential buyers.

But even if the rest of your rooms are freshly painted, a popcorn ceiling can stick out like a sore thumb. We recommend popcorn ceiling removal and ceiling repainting as one of your priority interior painting projects ahead of your home sale.

Why Get Rid of Popcorn Ceilings?

Sure, the buyer will do their own room improvements once they decide to move in. But removing popcorn ceilings should be done before they get there for a few important reasons:

  • They Could Be Toxic: Since some popcorn ceilings were applied decades ago, there could be asbestos lurking in the surface. Complete popcorn ceiling removal is the most effective way to remove this health risk for you, your family, and any potential buyers.
  • They Date the Room: Popcorn ceilings have a way of instantly dating a room that can be off-putting to a buyer, especially when it doesn't match the style of the rest of the paints, finishes, or decor. Popcorn ceiling removal brings the room aesthetic up-to-date, giving your rooms a more cohesive, contemporary appearance. You don't want any distractions taking away from your hard work when a buyer comes for a tour. Removing those popcorn ceilings ensures your home is the focus, and that each room gets to shine in its own unique way.
  • They Hide Issues: One of the key reasons popcorn ceilings were installed in the first place was to camouflage surface imperfections. That's an appealing prospect, since no one wants to be preoccupied with ceiling painting and repairs. But it means that surface imperfections could be worsening without your knowledge. Rather than being uncertain about the condition of your interior rooms, remove popcorn ceilings so you can understand the true condition of your surface. After all, you want peace of mind when selling your home, and there's no reason to pass along problems to the buyer.
  • They Trap Dirt: The texturing that gives the ceiling the "popcorn" look is adept at hiding dust and dirt, too. But that's because it's trapped in the ceiling! Cleanliness is key when prepping your home for sale, and in the case of rooms with popcorn ceilings, getting them clean must be a top-down effort. Neither you nor the buyer want any unpleasant surprises, so it's best to take a proactive approach and remove that popcorn texture completely.

How is a Popcorn Ceiling Removed?

When you think of popcorn ceiling removal, you may imagine someone going to town with a scraper. That's certainly a part of the process, but there's a lot more to it.

The room must be prepared, with as much moved out of the area as possible, since there's no way to avoid the mess of ceiling strips falling to the floor. Once everything is taken out of the room, and all remaining surfaces are covered, all lighting fixtures will have to be taken off, and electrical components protected by additional covering, before the project can begin.

Once these initial steps are completed, the ceiling is ready to soak. This is not a step to be skipped. Going straight into soaking before scraping could mean significant damage to your ceiling (like nicks and holes caused by the sharp ends of the scraper). There's no need to add unplanned repairs into the mix when getting your home ready for sale. So soaking popcorn ceilings thoroughly before beginning removal is a must.

When it's time to scrape, a wide-blade scraping tool will likely be used first to cover as much area as possible. Problem areas will be re-soaked and re-scraped. Corners and other hard-to-reach ceiling areas can be tackled with a smaller tool, like a putty knife.

Painted popcorn ceilings, or ceilings applied with blends rather than a sponging technique, will have a more complex removal process, since paints and blends have their own unique demands when it comes to removing them from a surface.

After removal, you're not quite done. Exposed nails should be hammered into the ceiling drywall and sealed, so that the surface will be smoother when it's time to sand it and prep it for primer and paint. And don't forget the cleanup. Popcorn strips will need to be removed from the flooring, and all the debris cleaned up, before fixtures can be reinstalled and furniture brought back in.

Stress Free Popcorn Ceiling Removal is Possible

Selling your home is already a stressful time, especially when you come face to face with the growing list of home improvements you need to address. So there's no need to add a messy popcorn ceiling removal project to your long to-do list. Trico Painting offers professional popcorn ceiling removal as part of our full line of interior painting services. We remove it completely, and get it ready for fresh paint. We never leave a mess, and always respect your space as our own. Plus, we know how to safely check for and remove asbestos paint, so there's no need to expose yourself or your family to unexpected risks.

We have the people power to take on multiple painting projects, including home exterior painting. We can help you knock out that to-do list, starting with those outdated popcorn ceilings. Call Trico Painting for your interior painting estimate today, and leave the dirty work to us!