Popcorn ceiling was popular from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, especially in the bedrooms of a home. Today, you might be wondering what the purpose of this ‘ugly’ texture was back then? Supposively, the bumps of this texture supposedly absorbed sound and also made it easier for builders to hide imperfections (there were less building restrictions in the 50’s).
Nowadays, having popcorn ceilings can make selling your house much more difficult, depending on the market and price range.
Can I do this task myself?
Popcorn ceiling removal is costly and also quite messy. Removing a popcorn ceiling can be expensive and leave fine white dust everywhere. Although this is a tasks people take on themselves, they generally aren’t prepare for the amount of labor that it requires or the dust it produces.
Because of this, homeowners in the midst of preparing a house for sale often don’t have the motivation to take on this type of project themselves.
Someone flipping a house, who isn’t living there while the work is underway, is more likely to do it. It does cost a bit of money and the inconvenience factors very high, especially when trying to sell a home.
Is popcorn ceiling removal worth it?
To help answer this question, let’s break down the cost. For a home of about 2,000 square feet costing about $250,000, the estimated increase of value would come out to around $4,000. The estimated cost of hiring a company to remove the ceilings would be around $2,000-$3,000.
While this may not seem worth it mathematically, just having popcorn ceilings can decrease the value of the home by simply making it less appealing. By removing popcorn ceilings, you are increasing your home value and ridding your home of the “outdated” look.