Andrew, My house was built in 1967 and I wanted to remove the popcorn off of my ceilings also. From what I have been told MOST contractors stopped using asbestos in the mid to late 70's but I would still have it checked out. That is a reasonable price to check it. I have also been told the going price to remove it is $8.00 to $10.00 a square foot! if it is asbestos. Good Luck!!