Paneling in your home?
I'm sorry for you :-( I really am.
From a home sale perspective here in the Hoffman Estates area, it's the kiss of death for your home sale!
Buyers consider it an eyesoar and will refuse to deal with it. So what should you do? Here's my thoughts from past marketing experience:
- REMOVE IT
- DRYWALL OVER IT
- PAINT IT
My personal preference is going to make you unhappy. I recommend removing it and re-drywall the area with 1/4' drywall. Basically think of it as a thin fresh coat over the ugly 60's paneling. There might be glue residue and numerous nail holes that need to be covered over and patched. I would recommend calling in a professional drywaller for 'mudding' help. These guys make quick work of 'taping' and if you don't know what you're doing you can make the situation worse!
I have sellers that recently fessed up about the extra work that I requested they do. Guess what? They loved the result. They said they should have done it sooner rather than look at it for a minute longer! I normally would do a 'before' and 'after' photo for you but the walls were so ugly in this room my camera REFUSED to take a picture of it! This picture shows you the final result.
Ok, moving on to your next solution - paint it. This should be your last resort because everyone will notice the lines running down the wall. Don't forget that you will have to prime the paneling before painting it and better get prepared for 2 coats of paint if the paneling is very dark.
So no more excuses - it's never coming back in style!
Just get started on the project BEFORE you put your Hoffman Estates home on the market!