house staging, staging houses business training
home staging for profit, staging homes business training
home staging, staging homes for profit, home staging business training

How to Replace Old Acoustic Ceilings

by Barbara Jennings, CRS/CSS

While popular in past decades, acoustic ceilings have become less popular and tend to date a home. So you might think about replacing them with other types of texturizing. Some of the reasons are that they are dirt traps, collect dust and other allergens and are plain impossible to clean. When they get dirty you have to paint them; you can't clean them. They also tend to collect spider webs too.

If you replace your popcorn ceilings and retexture them, you'll enhance your home's appeal which increases its resale value too. It can be a cost-effective upgrade for your home, especially if you live in an older home.

The average home can be completed in one day if you use an experienced professional. First they will enclose the room with plastic sheeting to protect your furnishings. Then they wet the ceiling with diffusers and remove the popcorn. That great because you don't want a mess afterwards. If you try it yourself, you can do it, but you may find it difficult to get an entirely smooth surface once the popcorn is removed.

Once removed, then the ceiling imperfections have to be fixed, it needs to be retextured and finally painted.

By choosing a modern texture, you will instantly update your home and give it a custom look instead of a "track home" look. That's kind of like decorating with a custom look instead of a "Levitt's look".

You can also match the texture of your ceiling to your walls. This brings an attractive continuity throughout the home. With many different textures to choose from, you can really customize your selection to suit your taste.

Try orange peel as an alternative to smooth finishes. It will add just a light texture, nothing heavy. Then there are the popular finishes such as Italian or art deco. These types of finishes are smooth overall with random texture applied by hand. You can instruct your professional worker to add whatever amount of texture you want as they can control it. "Skip trowel" is another finish that is ideal for camouflaging defects or wavy ceilings, which are often found in older homes. Because the finish is applied by hand, it also gives your home that "one-of-a-kind" look.

Barbara Jennings, is a leading home staging and interior redesign trainer. Author of 9 books on decorating, she is one of America's leading experts on how to start, manage and grow a home staging or interior redesign business.

More Quick Tips

Business and Mortgage Loans, Part I
Business and Mortgage Loans, Part II
Landscape Lighting Tips
Paint Color Tips
Closet Planning Tips
Save with Tankless Water Heaters
Expanded Free Tips List

2006 Copyright HomeStaging4Profit.Com


home staging for yourself

At last the perfect check list for staging your home. This brand new 80-page guide is so comprehensive, it will virtually leave no stone unturned in its quest to help you completely stage your home to sell for the highest price possible in the shortest time possible.

Developed for the homeowner as well as the professional stager, this professional check list guide is exhaustive, helping anyone to tackle the awesome job of determining what needs to be done to prepare a property for sale, and do it in a logical sequence that makes total sense.

No long dissertation on how to do it, it just give you in bulleted, outline format the "to do" list for every spot in your home, beginning at the curb and ending in the back yard and every place in between. You'll love it. So easy to use. So thorough.

If you're a stager, use the Guide to help you in your consultations. If you have a homeowner who insists on doing all the work themselves, give them the Guide as part of your consultation service, or sell it to them as an additional value-added product to augment your consultation. Absorb the cost as part of your consultation fee, or pass it on to your client.

If you're a homeowner and aren't working with a stager, use the Guide as your personal, custom guide for preparing your own home for sale. If you then decide to hire a stager, give them the guide with your personal notations included so that you make sure they do every task you have circled in the outline or detailed in the notation places.

The Guides are currently in transit and will be available as soon as they arrive. We expect an early run on them, so get yours immediately, as we may run out. Homeowners can purchase a single copy to assist them; professional stagers can buy them at a discounted price in small quantities.

For more details, visit: Home Staging for Yourself