What is the average cost to remove a popcorn ceiling?
A popcorn ceiling removal cost averages from $700 to $1,700. It can be as low as $50 to $100 or as high as $3,000 for an asbestos popcorn ceiling.
Most contractors charge approximately $1 to $3 per square foot for a popcorn ceiling removal or $15 to $40 per hour. This amount would include scraping and disposing of the debris, planning, area preparation, and the subsequent cleaning up.
For example, if the process takes about 20 hours of work for a 500-square foot space, you can expect to pay between $300 to $750 as labor cost.
A basic new paint job on your ceiling would cost you around $75 to $130 on average. Remember that rooms with high ceilings can cost you an additional $50 to $150.
Also, most professionals charge $75 to $125 for furniture removal. It’s a good idea to remove the furniture yourself if you want to cut down on some renovation costs.
The total cost depends on the size of the room, the quality and age of the popcorn ceiling, the presence or absence of asbestos, if there is any painting work involved and your zip code.
You also have to include the cost of supplies, such as plastic sheeting, scrapers, a putty knife, drop cloths, painter’s tape, tools to gouge the ceiling, ladders, and protective gear.
If you have a ceiling containing asbestos, you will have to shell out more money. The removal of this dangerous carcinogen needs to be carried out carefully with all the proper safety gear in place. And disposal must be done in batches to avoid health risks to anyone around.
Once you have established whether your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos or not through a testing kit, the next step is to remove it.