Selling a house with textured (stucco) walls
Our house has textured (stucco) walls from the 70s in the living and dining rooms and hallway. I've talked to a couple real estate agents who agree it's a problem for the house, but not one they had a solution for. I've talked to a few drywallers, and one said he could skim coat, but the other two said it wouldn't look right and needed all new drywall. They all seemed think that I couldn't possibly really want to go through all that, though, just to get rid of the texture, and that's what's scaring me off.
The money itself (at least $5K) isn't an issue, since a small part would come back in a higher selling price, and being able to sell more quickly would also end up saving money (for reasons I won't get into), and any money we don't get back I think of as buying some peace of mind that our house won't sit on the market for years because no one will buy a house with these walls. We plan to put the house on the market in the spring.
Should we try to get rid of the stucco, or just factor it into the listing price?
If it matters in the calculation, the house has one other major problem, which is that it only has 1 1/2 bathrooms, and other otherwise comparable houses have a minimum of two -- I'd say 90-95% of houses in this neighborhood have at least two. One real estate agent said people won't even look at houses here with 1 1/2. I would consider putting in another full bath, with the same consideration that I don't have to get all the money back, but the house would sell more quickly. Other than those two things (and a few other decor problems that I am working on fixing), the house is very nice and would probably sell as long as it is priced right.
One more thing, there are plenty of houses for sale in the same price range in the area (Chicago suburbs). I'm sure the there are far more sellers than buyers. If this were an average market, I wouldn't be so worried -- we bought the house knowing these things were problems, but they weren't problems for us. As it is, I'm getting butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it.
Thank you so much for any feedback.