How much does it cost to remove wallpaper?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA

Q:  How much does it cost to remove wallpaper?

A:  That is a very good question.  And my answer is $30,000.

What?!?  $30,000!!!  That's insane!

Let me explain.  When trying to sell your home in today's buyer's market, it's essential that you do everything you can to get your home in tip-top, sale-ready shape.  Because wallpaper patterns are very personal choices, the chances are that your potential buyers are not going to like your wallpaper.

The last thing you want to do, you tell me, is remove wallpaper.  It's messy, it's time consuming, it's difficult.  Well guess what.  That is the exact same thing your potential home buyer is saying!  And they will most probably pick a different home from the many that are available that doesn't need wallpaper removal.

So where does the $30,000 come in?  Here is a real example from the area I work in.  A nice home is for sale.  Well kept.  Great neighborhood.  Priced in-line with the competition.  But it's full of very dated wallpaper.  And it just sits on the market.

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So what does the listing now say -- after sitting for six months on the market?

Reduced $30K -- All wallpaper of high quality and professionally installed and can be removed easily.

Harrumph.  If it can be removed that easily, then it's something the seller should do as quickly as possible!  Or if he cannot do it himself, hire a professional.  Because I can guarantee you this - a professional is not going to charge $30,000 to remove wallpaper!

Sadly, this seller lost his opportunity for a quick sale at a good price.  Don't let this happen to you!  If you have wallpaper or other easy to remedy deficiencies -- handle them before you put your home on the market.  Otherwise you may end up with a $30,000 wallpaper job!

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Richard Strahm
Realtor, ABR, SFR, SRES
REMAX Realty Group
439 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438

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Rainmaker
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Gaye Granice
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So true! Such a turnoff to buyers, knowing the amount of work involved to take it down.  Worth it for the seller to hire someone, pay the money, and present nice clean walls to the potential buyers. Makes a difference!

Feb 13, 2011 09:20 AM #1
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Kathryn Maguire
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Oh you said it! If the seller says "I don't want to re,move it, it is too much of a pain." I respond "Then why do you think the buyer is going to want to remove it?"  It is costly if you choose NOT to remove it!

Feb 13, 2011 09:23 AM #2
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Get rid of the wallpaper!!!!Yes it is expensive to do, but use a little elbowgrease and get it done. I have definitely lost sales during negotiations because the sellers would not accept the wallpaper argument. 

Feb 13, 2011 09:24 AM #3
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Roger D. Mucci
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Silly sellers, I'm sure they had no idea something so simple would cost them so much money!  Good post Richard, point well made.

Feb 13, 2011 09:27 AM #4
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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Richard, this is just great!  I am forwarding this to a couple of folks that are getting their home ready to put on the market that have been balking about the wallpaper discussion.  Also I'm going to bookmark it so I can easily find it again.

Feb 13, 2011 09:31 AM #5
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Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

Your response is perfect!

Feb 13, 2011 10:11 AM #6
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Gosh, wallpaper was such a yesteryear decorating style -- no one likes it now.  Sometimes I see it in a modern fashion a neutral color, with texture -- that doesn't look bad.  Your points are very good.  If the seller doesn't want to do it, and will offer a reduction, it still is a messy job for the buyers.

Feb 13, 2011 02:40 PM #7
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

As a home stager, I couldn't have said it better myself! Lets review: Take down the wallpaper or it could end up costing you $30,000 - this isn't rocket science! 

Feb 13, 2011 09:38 PM #8
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The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Richard,

So true, but so many sellers are absolutely opposed to doing it.  I'll have to remember your response.

Lisa

Feb 14, 2011 09:25 AM #9
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Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
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So many of us are simply terrified of taking down wallpaper . . .especially if we have done it before!  In the best scenario, it comes off easily and you do a quick paint job.  In the worst scenario, the top layer of drywall comes with it and your home becomes a construction nightmare as all the drywall gets replaced!  I think that was what lead to the invention of paneling . . . heaven forbid we go THERE again!  :)

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