you move into a new house...and you want to make it your own. maybe some of you never look up, for those of you that do, if your house is 15+ years old, you are probably face to face with the BIG UGLY (AKA the 'popcorn' ceiling). URGH.
There are many ways to remove this eyesore, but all are messy! AND NONE OF THEM ARE FUN.
I have now tried two with so-so results.
1) scraping (it will go every everywhere! If applied pre-1978 TEST for ASBESTOS!)
2) skimming (messy in a runny liquid way)
Key lessons learned:
1) spraying with water (lightly) helps--got this idea form where water had been applied--thanks kiddos--through and the popcorn had flaked off.
2) if it was painted over, OY! The person who did this clearly has a death wish.
Here are great step by step directions I found. A bit jealous on how clean they made the process look.
I need to pace myself.....I still have the vaulted ceiling to go. Perhaps next year, I have to mentally prepare myself.
Have you ever found something you thought was utterly beautiful?
You go & share your excitement & get the look of WTF?
Then you find yourself questioning your judgement, questioning your point of view.
Take this picture for example. Its a 'patch' on a floor discovered when pulling up carpet. Part of me wants to know what is under the patch, but the other part of me is thinking, its been there for 70+ years, its working, leave it alone. It has so much character. Its amazing. Its beautiful. Then I immediately start thinking, how can the floors be refinished to showcase this long hidden gem?
So how do you get past the WTF moment?
That can be frustrating or eye opening. Like it or not, that can & does happen in real estate.
You go to show a property, you are excited to share with someone else. Sometimes the client is excited too, sometimes not. So, how do you align your perspective of real estate beauty with that of the client? Well, that is when understanding the client is KEY. Taking the time to get to know each other is part of the process. Maybe that means meeting up in a coffee shop and chatting (or a pub if coffee is not your thing), texting pinterest ideas you love to your realtor, or becoming friends on facebook or instagram.
This means the real estate agent also has to open up & share with YOU (the client). Comfort & understanding is mutual for the agency agreement to be most productive.
So don't think your agent is being nosy, they are just trying to understand your perspective of beauty.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa.