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Does artex devalue a house?

Back in the 1970s and 80s, artex ceilings were all the rage. But today, they’re amongst the most hated property features. So, does artex devalue a house?

Artex ceilings rose to prominence in the 1970s and 80s as eager DIY-ers could quickly complete them. But less than 50 years later, they’re frequently considered, at best, dated, and at worst, one of the biggest interior design crimes in history.

So, if you have artex ceilings and you’re looking to sell your home, you probably have one question on your mind: does artex devalue a house?

Does artex devalue a house?

Yes, artex ceilings can devalue a house. Although artex was once popular, modern homebuyers now tend to prefer a smooth and seamless finish. So, they’ll often see artex as a problem that needs to be fixed, leading them to favour other properties or put in a lower offer because of it.

However, it’s not just about the aesthetics. One of the main reasons that homebuyers are put off by artex is because of its association with asbestos.

Asbestos in artex

Asbestos is a hazardous substance that can be dangerous if breathed in. It was routinely added to plaster to create the texture for patterning until the practice was banned in 1999.

If you’re aware that your artex contains asbestos, you’ll have to disclose its presence to your buyer. But even if your artex doesn’t contain asbestos, the association is still there and is likely to put off many potential homebuyers.

Ultimately, even if your artex doesn’t devalue your house, it’s still likely to reduce your pool of potential buyers and increase the time it takes you to sell.

Should I remove my artex?

If you’re planning on selling your home soon, removing your artex could be a wise move. There’s a good chance that this could help you to secure higher offers. Plus, it will almost certainly help you to sell your home faster by making it more attractive to potential buyers.

As a general rule, modern homeowners want smooth walls and ceilings. So, if you don’t remove your artex, buyers will see it as something expensive that they’ll need to do later down the line. This could lead them to offer way under the asking price – or prevent them from putting in an offer at all.

On the other hand, if you remove artex from your home before putting it on the market, you’ll be able to give buyers a much more positive first impression. This means you’ll be more likely to get offers that reflect its worth.

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How much does removing artex cost?

Artex removal activityCost + VAT
(Range low - high)
Average cost
Asbestos survey£200
Artex removal cost£5 to £30 per m2£17.50
Artex plastering over£10 to £30 per m2£20

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Your artex removal cost will depend on a number of factors:

  • Your location
  • How much artex there is
  • Whether you’re dealing with artex ceilings or walls (or both)
  • The condition of your walls or ceiling

However, the main factor influencing the cost of removing your artex is whether or not it contains asbestos.

Generally, when it comes to artex removal, you’ll have three options.

1. Skim over it

Most plasterers will be experienced at skimming over artex. They may need to scrape off any loose debris or bumps in the artex beforehand, but after that, the process will be much the same as skimming a standard room, and the cost should be too. You’ll be looking at around £480 to skim a medium-sized room (approximately 3m by 3m).

Just bear in mind that if your artex contains asbestos, it won’t be possible to scrape it, as this could be dangerous. A plasterer may still be able to skim over the artex if it’s only lightly patterned, but if the stipple is quite pronounced, you’ll likely need to remove it completely instead.

2. Remove the asbestos

If your artex contains asbestos, you may need to remove it before it’s skimmed over.

The typical asbestos removal cost is around £150 per m2 for an artex ceiling. That comes to around £3,000 in total for an average 20m2 ceiling.

3. Remove or treat artex that doesn’t contain asbestos

Even if your artex doesn’t contain asbestos, there may still be some circumstances in which your plasterer recommends removing or treating your artex before skimming over it. This will typically cost somewhere between £5 and £30 per m2.

Your plasterer is likely to advise that you go down this route if the pattern in your artex is particularly deep, or if your artex is in very bad condition.

Key takeaways

  • Artex can detract from the value of your home.
  • It’s frequently associated with asbestos, which can be hazardous.
  • Removing your artex can help to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
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