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Selling A Home In Springfield MO? How to Remove a Popcorn Textured Ceiling!

If you are selling a home in Springfield MO, chances are it may have a dreaded popcorn ceiling. Although not absolutely necessary, its a good idea to remove it before listing to make your home more sellable.   Karen Bernetti does a great job explaining how to remove them.

In a recent post, What to Do With a Popcorn Textured Ceiling  I took a survey on ....how buyers and real estate professionals really feel about the dreaded popcorn-texutred ceiling?  I received a lot of thoughtful comments and have concluded that while most people DESPISE this particular feature, it's not necessarily a deal breaker (that is, according to those who responded).

Personally, I haven't had any success convincing a seller to remove a popcorn ceiling - usually there are more pressing concerns.  (Of couse ANY ceiling that is damaged popcorn ceilingpeeling, dirty, stained, etc. definitely should be addressed.) That said, SMART home sellers realize they need to go above and beyond to get their home sold in today's challenging real estate market. 

If they have features in their home that they know buyers will hate, they realize that doing something about it will help them acheive their goal. 

photo courtesy of Rynosoft

My friend Lanre"The Real Estate Farmer" Folayan has a brother who is selling his home and wants to know how to go about removing his popcorn-textured ceilings.    Lanre the good news is: this project is NOT difficult or expensive.  The bad news is:  it IS very messy and can be somewhat timeconsuming. 

Lanre here's what you need to do....

First of all some blown-on acoustic “popcorn” ceilings applied before 1980 could contain asbestos (the use of asbestos was banned in 1978). To find out if your ceiling contains asbestos, send a sample to a certified testing lab of the Environmental Protection Agency. Be sure to wait for the results before beginning any ceiling removal project!   If asbestos is found, you’ll need to hire a certified asbestos removal contractor.  

  • Once you have determined that it is safe to remove the textured ceiling, move all furniture out of the room.
  • Remove any light fixtures from the ceiling - turn off electricity first! 
  • Cover walls and floor with drop cloths. 
  • Use a spray bottle or garden sprayer to wet down the ceiling with water.  Give it time to soak up.   Use enough water to thoroughly wet the ceiling, but not so much that the wallboard underneath becomes damaged. 
  • Using a plastic scraper or a joint knife GENTLY scrape the ceiling (much of it should fall off easily on its own).  Be careful not to gouge the ceiling when you scrape.  Spray stubborn areas with more water. 
  • Apply a thin layer of joint compound to areas that you damaged.  Let dry. Apply as many thin coats as needed. 

  • Sand with a sanding pad and pole. Sand until smooth, then paint. 
  • Call a professional if you find yourself getting into trouble with this project.

Stay tuned .... tomorrow I will share tips for painting a popcorn ceiling - I learned the hard way how NOT to do it and I want to make sure you don't make the same mistake I made! 





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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Author, Speaker,  and the Co-Creator of Ready2Sellin30Days® an innovative, interactive, multi-media educational system designed to teach do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYTHING they need to know about preparing a home for sale during tough economic times! Visit www.Ready2Sellin30Days.com to learn more. 

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Karen Bernetti is also the "Resident Stager" and Realtor® at North Star Real Estate, in Southington Connecticut, where every listing comes with a complimentary Home Staging consultation.  Call 860-302-0333 for more information.

About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!


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Comment balloon 2 commentsBetty Knowles • January 26 2011 07:22AM


Good morning Betty and John,

This is a good re-blog..I missed this one thanks for sharing! Buyers do not like Pop corn ceilings..they can only imagine the agony and expense of removal!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

Popcorn ceilings should be left only in hotel rooms where no one really cares about the ceiling texture.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 2 years ago