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End of Tenancy: Removing Wallpapers

We will soon move out of our rented house and wanted to know what is the best way to remove wallpapers? Unlike UK, the walls on our house seems to have an extra layer of padded cardboard type wall coverings where the Decorative wallpapers were applied and wanted to k is from fellow forumites what’s the best way to remove the wallpapers safely without leaving marks?

We also have painted one of the walls, but that will be easy to paint it over with a white coat of paint.

Furthermore, if anyone can recommend a good removal company in Basel then that would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: End of Tenancy: Removing Wallpapers

I guess you need to remove the wall paper and underlying texture (which is itself just like wallpaper) and then re-apply the texture and re-paint.
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Re: End of Tenancy: Removing Wallpapers

You might also want to check with the landlord that they would like you to remove the wall paper. They might prefer it, or are planning on renovations after you move out.
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Re: End of Tenancy: Removing Wallpapers

Our place has bizarre wall material like a 3mm think plaster board / cardboard.. As I discovered soon after moving, i put up a picture hook and with one soft blow i left a hammer size hole in the wall.. Wondering if you have similar, that would be a pain in the ass..

We have some big areas covered by this and I'm sure we'll end up with a big hole at some point.
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Re: End of Tenancy: Removing Wallpapers

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You might also want to check with the landlord that they would like you to remove the wall paper. They might prefer it, or are planning on renovations after you move out.
This. Not everything in your appartment is meant to last forever, and especially if you've been living there a long time (which I assume, based on the changes you made), the landlord cannot expect stuff to be in new and perfect condition, and may after a certain number of years, be planning to renew it anway. Maybe you can find some way to meet him halfway rather than spending a lot of time and money fixing something that he's going to rip out anyway.
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Re: End of Tenancy: Removing Wallpapers

We also had this padded cardboard and it's a bu***r to remove. Done professionally they use steam and charge a fortune!

But why do you want to remove it? You can just remove the wallpaper and repaper over it. You'll likely find the wallpaper comes off very easily. In our case we (well the mrs actually!) wanted to have the walls painted instead so with a lot of elbow grease, scraping and hot water she, a friend and the painter did it manually.

From memory we had a ridiculous quote of about CHF12,000 for the removal and paying the friend + the painters hours it cost about CHF1,500.

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