Popcorn👍 or Not👎? That’s the dilemma many real estate investors and owners face when they buy older homes that have Popcorn ceiling.
Jo Dixit, Designated Broker of BricksFolios Real Estate Solutions, joins Vinod Sharma, our Founder CEO, to resolve this dilemma – forever!
Many homes built in the late 1930s through the 1990s have popcorn ceilings or some type of texture applied to the ceilings. This style of texture is also known as cottage cheese, or more formally as acoustic or stucco ceiling.
Don’t they say everything comes back in style? We’re darn sure Popcorn ceiling isn’t one of those things. Here is why.
4 Reasons To Remove Popcorn Ceilings:
1. Health Risk
The use of asbestos in textured ceiling paint was banned in 1977. Inhaled in large quantities, asbestos fibers can cause lung disease, scarring of the lungs and lung cancer. However, not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos.
2. Hard to maintain
Popcorn ceiling catches dust with all those bumps and crannies. It is easily marred but is impossible to clean.
3. Impossible to patch or paint
In case you need to patch, you can buy kits and spray but it’s impossible to get the same look. Don’t even try painting since its impossible to get even coverage on an uneven surface.
4. Hurts resale
If you are not yet convinced, this one should convince you especially when you are flipping properties or renting homes even in the crazy piping hot Seattle area. Popcorn ceilings are from yesteryear, they make your home feel more outdated. Ultimately when a home has tired elements, it tends to sell for less or need to spend more time on the market to sell to the right buyer. If you are trying to rent, be prepared that your home will not rent quickly or rent at lower rent.