When you’re selling your home, the goal is to make it as appealing to potential buyers as possible—and that may mean removing wallpaper that’s old, worn, or just a little too eclectic for mainstream buyers.
Should You Remove Wallpaper When You’re Selling Your Home?
First, you need to talk to your 30A real estate agent to make sure removing the wallpaper is a good idea. Sometimes the cost outweighs the potential benefits, and when your agent performs your comparative market analysis, he or she will determine what your home is worth in its current condition—and that can help you decide whether you need to remove the wallpaper or leave the house as-is.
If you’re determined to remove the wallpaper before you sell, it makes sense to call local experts (your agent can give you referrals to pros who can help) to get quotes. Sometimes it’s worth bringing in an expert.
Before you do that, though, you’ll need to find out what type of walls are beneath the paper and what type of wallpaper you’re dealing with.
- Homes built more than 50 years ago typically have plaster walls. A plaster wall makes a dull “thud” when you knock on it, and it’s harder than drywall.
- Homes built less than 50 years ago usually have drywall. Drywall is lightweight and sounds hollow when you knock on it.
There are numerous types of wallpaper, too, and each has its own removal methods. You could be dealing with:
- Strippable wallpaper, which you can simply pull off the wall by hand. If you pull at a corner, it’ll come away easily.
- Peelable wallpaper, which requires you to peel off the vinyl topcoat by hand and use a water-removal method to take off what’s left behind.
- Washable wallpaper, which has a plastic film on the surface that you’ll have to puncture and apply water to in order to remove.
ARE YOU SELLING A HOME ALONG 30A?
Call us at 850-213-3048 or get in touch with us online to find out how we can help. Our expert 30A real estate agents will begin your comparative market analysis so you know exactly how much your house is worth on today’s market.