December 3, 2023

For some reason homeowners no longer understand, popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet, we’ve since learned how much dust and cobwebs they hold onto, how difficult they are to paint, and, if necessary, repair. If you live in an older home and you want to remove popcorn ceilings, keep reading for a breakdown of costs, tips, and warnings for this DIY-friendly home improvement project.

One important fact to note is that your popcorn ceilings could contain asbestos, a substance known to cause lung cancer. And according to Scott Langmack, COO of the proptech company Kukun, its presence could impact the cost of removal. ‘Asbestos was frequently used before 1980, and it will cost three to four times more to remove it safely with an asbestos removal group,’ he says.