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Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

When you shop the job, be sure to ask them how they remove the product. I have done it dry and wet and the wet is the better method; a lot less dust. Last job I had done was $1.50.SF, including disposal.

May 01, 2015 11:15 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I sold a property and learned something about these ceilings. Some of the older popcorn ceilings have asbestos in them and should not be a DIY project.

May 02, 2015 04:32 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Inna. In this area it is both expensive and messy.

May 01, 2015 06:44 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I agree that only wet method should be used. This very short video (1.39) is the neatest way I've seen so far ( after you received results from a lab that there is no asbestos!):

How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling:


May 02, 2015 06:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Inna -- it can vary.  When I did on my own home --- prior to taking occupancy(it's the only way to do it in my opinion) it was around $1.50 per square foot(about ten years ago).  It included removal of the ceiling, preparing the celing, painting and proper disposal.   Testing was addressed separately and was relatively inexpensive($50 or so as I recall).

I've had clients receive quotes ranging from seemingly too cheap to outrageously expensive.   The company who did it for me is no longer in business.   


May 02, 2015 02:45 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's very expensive in our area. 

May 01, 2015 11:11 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am with Michael Thornton on this one - but I hope someone gives you a number

May 01, 2015 10:19 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Most homeowners will do this project (removal) on their own in my area of florida. From prep to clear out a full day (12 hours) is needed for 1,000 square feet of ceiling.....then five days to heal the aching back. 

When the last area of ceiling paint has dried, the owner knows they have acccomplished something outstanding.

May 01, 2015 10:05 PM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ
urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com

great question, messy a lot of labor but well worth it to take it off ; have a great day Inna

May 01, 2015 09:29 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Inna. There is no simple way, lots of scraping and it makes a mess. Almost impossible to repair, but have done it, but only in very small areas and then the entire ceiling needs to be repaired.

Make it a great weekend!

May 01, 2015 08:44 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's an expensive big job; don't have real numbers, but I do know that buyers can walk away from a home with a popcorn ceiling. 

May 02, 2015 10:20 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I had a popcorn ceiling removed in 12' x 32' room and replaced with a plaster ceiling....it cost $1,200... done in two days....and what a mess!!!

May 02, 2015 06:31 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It really varies a lot.

Nov 09, 2018 05:51 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

No idea.

Aug 02, 2018 11:37 PM