Asbestos in Seattle

We all hate popcorn ceilings, right?  I mean what does it really have going for it besides temporarily masking uneven ceilings or cracks.  Before 1978,   this fabricated binding material was used for insulation around the boiler room, in roofs, windows, and electrical wiring and you got it – texturing on walls and ceilings.  Don’t let the age fool you – some homes in the 80’s have it too.  

If a buyer has the option of purchasing a home with or without popcorn ceilings, guess which one they’ll choose?  And as a seller, do you want your home to be overlooked just because you didn’t want to go the extra mile to make your home standout and get sold?  Depending on the square feet, what could cost you around $2,500 before a buyer puts an offer on your home might cost you 4x that if a buyer asks you to do while in contract.

First of all, not all popcorn ceilings are considered asbestos.  And don’t rely on the “sparkle test” because that doesn’t cut it anymore.  The best action for you, Mr. Popcorn, is to get it tested for asbestos first. 

There’s a great place in Seattle to take your sample to: 

NVL Laboratories Inc
4708 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA
(206) 547-0100

 The cost is $30 and the turn around time is 24 hours.  If it’s not abestos, a spray gun full of water and a lot of scraping will do.  If it is abestos, try calling Tony at Affordable Environmental (206) 793-1321 or  

A license and bonded contractor, his bids start at $3.00 per square foot.

Now don’t even get me started with lath and plaster.  That’s another post!

Green Lake has plenty of homes built before 1978, before asbestos was banned.  So if you’re a seller looking for some answers on your popcorn ceiling, give me a call – I’d love to help!  Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, feel free to give me a call for a free consultation.  Popcorn ceilings begone!  Molly 206-841-6800 or

Green Lake Pathway Of Lights 2012

Plan On Attending The Green Lake Pathway of Lights 2012

The Green Lake path will be lit up again in a tradition that has been going on since before Elvis died.  You don’t want to miss this beautiful and very cold event – there is nothing more beautiful than Green Lake and some of its docks lit up!  Green Lake neighbors and friends get together and the event is FREE.

From to the Seattle Parks & Rec Site

This years event is Dec 10th, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. (every 2nd Sat in Dec.). This yearly event brings neighbors, friends, families and Seattle together to light up the night in one of the darkest months of the year in a celebration of light and the many holidays of December. Volunteer music groups, and people setting up and taking down the candles and helping with the event wanted!

The event is free and open to the public and this year is December 10th, 2011 from 5-8pm. The event includes 4 music stages around the 2.8 mile lake, with holiday performances by music groups of 20 or less (unamplified). The 2.8 miles of the interior of the lake are light by over 2500 candles; in addition docks and some paths leading to the lake are also lit. You are encouraged to light up the night yourself, with glow sticks and other items.

Green Lake is a wonderful Seattle neighborhood – if you are interested in Green Lake homes for sale, please let us know what we can do for you.  We have excellent Green Lake listing agents and also some of the very best Green Lake Realtors for buyers.  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate is different and we want to show you why.

About Cooper Jacobs Real Estate’s Seattle Branch:

 My office at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate LLC is located centrally near all my favorite Puget Sound neighborhoods just a few blocks up from Lake Union & just South of Green Lake in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate is a wonderful place filled with talented Seattle real estate brokers and I count myself extremely lucky that I get to spend so much time with these wonderful people.  We specialize in different Seattle neighborhoods and suburbs in both residential and commercial real estate and are all very passionate and excited about each of our favorite Seattle neighborhoods and industries!

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