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 tc@affenv.net.  

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 molly@cooperjacobs.com

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