My wife is a real estate agent. One of her fellow agents has a listing that went under contract, ranch house built in the mid-1960s. It has popcorn ceilings (ugh) with 3% asbestos per the home inspector and the drywall compound on the walls has 2% asbestos. Thoughts on abatement? My thought was to have the popcorn removed professionally, and then to encapsulate the walls and ceiling with wallpaper underliner and then paint. Tearing out all the drywall and redoing it would be a colossal expense. I've also seen a more durable covering used mainly in old plaster homes that is a fiberglass matt that is used to cover walls. Covering it all with a thin layer of drywall would be almost as bad as tearing it out. For homes of this era, asbestos is becoming a game of musical chairs, in today's world you try to sell and the music stops and you're left standing without a chair.