How Much Does It Cost To Remove Asbestos Ceiling Material?


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Asbestos Ceiling Removal Costs

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Removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials may be necessary to comply with code requirements or to improve a property appraisal quotation.

You will find that the cost to remove an asbestos “popcorn ceiling” of an average home of 1,500 square feet depends upon the difficulty of the material removal, the construction details of the home, and the professional services rate.

In the following table are the typical costs to remove asbestos “popcorn ceiling” hazard.

Asbestos ceiling material removal: regulation compliant removal and disposal.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Set up: move furniture; install confinement and ventilation systems; cover walls and floors. $2.88 per sq.ft. 1,500 $4,321
Removal: spray on remover encapsulant; hand scrape material; prepare waste for transport; dismantle confinement. $0.57 per sq.ft. 1,500 $858
Disposal: landfill charges and transport costs. $35 per drum 15 $525
Equipment, Fees, and Material Cost $3.80 per sq.ft. 1,500 $5,704
+ Labor Cost $32 per hour 120 $3,840
Total Cost $6.36 per sq.ft. 1,500 $9,544

Other considerations and costs

  • To apply a textured sealing finish on the ceiling will add about $0.29 per sq.ft. to the cost above.
  • Most all State Air Quality Agencies provide extensive information on the subject. Look at:
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • The work area must be free of all objects including furniture, rugs, etcetera.
  • Re-testing following any repair work will probably be necessary.

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DIY considerations

  • This activity requires professional certification as well as specialized testing equipment, and is not suitable for DIY.
  • The task is a complicated and dirty one, and the dirt is toxic! For example, regulations require a full protective-suit be worn and to be changed every two hours.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

per sq.ft. (1,500 sq.ft. ceiling)
  • New York, NY$10.22
  • Bronx, NY$8.40
  • Brooklyn, NY$7.00
  • Philadelphia, PA$8.73
  • Washington, DC$7.57
  • Atlanta, GA$6.85
  • Miami, FL$6.23
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$6.53
  • Minneapolis, MN$7.66
  • Chicago, IL$8.92
  • Houston, TX$9.20
  • San Antonio, TX$6.18
  • Austin, TX$7.00
  • Denver, CO$5.91
  • Phoenix, AZ$6.24
  • Las Vegas, NV$6.84
  • Los Angeles, CA$7.71
  • San Diego, CA$7.00
  • San Jose, CA$8.45
  • Seattle, WA$6.19

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