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How Much Does It Cost To Repair Drywall?

$150 – $325

The average cost to hire a drywall contractor to patch a small to medium-sized hole in drywall is $75 to $150 while larger holes, water damage, or cracks cost between $220 and $380 to fix. Typically, a handyman charges $50 to $65 per hour with a minimum service fee of $50–$125. Get free estimates from drywall repair contractors near you.

Drywall Repair Cost

The average cost to hire a drywall contractor to patch a small to medium-sized hole in drywall is $75 to $150 while larger holes, water damage, or cracks cost between $220 and $380 to fix. Typically, a handyman charges $50 to $65 per hour with a minimum call-out fee of $50–$125.

Ceiling repairs add an additional 20% to the cost. For DIY repairs, you can purchase a repair kit for $6 to $16 for small holes, or spend around $50 on materials and supplies for jobs that require one 8x4 foot sheet of drywall or less. [1]

Average Cost To Repair Drywall
National Average Cost $220
Minimum Cost $75
Maximum Cost $872
Average Range $150 to $325

Table Of Contents

  1. Drywall Repair Cost
  2. Average Drywall Repair Cost Per Square Foot
  3. Cost To Repair Drywall Ceiling
  4. Drywall Hole & Patch Repair Costs
  5. Cost To Repair Water Damage
  6. Drywall Crack Repair Costs
  7. Drywall Whole Wall Repair Costs
  8. Sheetrock Repair Cost
  9. DIY Drywall Repair
  10. Handyman or Drywall Contractor?
  11. Drywall Repair Near Me

Average Drywall Repair Cost Per Square Foot

With a minimum trip charge, drywall repair costs $50 to $70 per square foot with most homeowners spending between $75 and $150 per hole. For larger drywall jobs such as a whole wall or crack repair, costs are between $1.60 and $2.35 per square foot. Prices depend on the amount of labor required and how much damage exists. The main issues you’ll hire a drywall repair professional for are:

Drywall Repair Cost By Type
Drywall Damage Issue Repair Cost*
Water Damage Can grow mold or collapse $2/sq. ft.
Holes in the Wall Ventilation and insulation problems $45 – $150
Holes in the Ceiling Ventilation and insulation problems $54 – $180
Popcorn Ceiling Lowers resale value $1 – $2/sq. ft.

Repairs mostly include patching holes and replacing portions or panels of wet or moldy drywall. Ceiling repairs add an additional 20% to the cost. Drywall is easily damaged when moving furniture or roughhousing, and sometimes the damage is unseen until the problem has grown, as with water damage.

Drywall Repair Costs Per Hour

Drywall companies charge $50 to $65 per hour for holes up to 4’ x 4’ while others will charge a flat rate based on the job. For example, many drywall repair contractors have a flat rate for certain time blocks, such as $150–$200 for about 3 hours of your contractor’s time. Others offer flat-rate prices that seem low but watch out for add-on costs for materials. [2]

*Some companies will charge a minimum service call fee of $50 to $125, so ask the companies you get bids from before the work starts.

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Cost To Repair Drywall Ceiling

The average cost to repair holes in a drywall ceiling is between $50 to $300 per hole. Holes in the ceiling cost the same to fix as holes in the wall but with an additional 20% charge. Because of the inherent difficulties in patching ceilings from below, the percentage may rise again if the ceiling is higher than usual. Your contractor might need to bring in scaffolding or special ladders.

Textured Wall and Popcorn Ceiling Repair

The average cost of popcorn ceiling removal is $1 to $2.50 per square foot. Having popcorn removed will require some scraping followed by repair, texturing, and repainting. If the ceiling has asbestos in it, your best option is to install a sub-sealing to contain it rather than pay to repair it to federal law standards.

Drywall Hole & Patch Repair Costs

Generally, drywall hole and patching repairs cost between $45 and $150 per hole with the average homeowner spending $125. Expect to pay more if you have high ceilings, difficult angles, or other tricky areas in the room. [3]

The costs to patch a hole in drywall depend on the damage to the drywall and, more specifically, on the size of the hole(s). Bigger holes take longer to repair regarding labor costs, and they require the use of more materials, and possibly more than one installer.

Drywall Hole Repair Costs
Size of Hole Cost of First Hole Additional Holes, Same Visit
Less than 6” x 6” $75        $45
Less than 12” x 12” $125 $75
Less than 24” x 24” $150 $90

Patching Small Holes in Drywall

Patching and repairing small holes in drywall costs between $45 and $75 per hole on average. Small holes in Sheetrock are usually caused by picture-hanging hardware, nails, bumps, doorknobs, and everyday activity. They’re easy to fix, and you can most likely fix them yourself.

Handyman Repairing Drywall and Patching a Hole

For the smallest holes, a good smear with some spackle, a little sandpaper, and some touch-up paint means you’re good to go. You can also purchase a DIY drywall repair kit at your home improvement store for $6 to $16 each.[4]

The difficulty with any type of drywall hole repair is in the fact that there’s a lot of empty space behind the drywall panel, hence the need to patch it before applying drywall compound.

Fixing Large Holes in Drywall

Fixing large holes in drywall typically costs $75 to $150 per hole depending on the size and scope of the damage. Large holes will most likely need the services of a handyman, as repair is a more detailed operation. Drywall companies will already have the materials and the tools they require on hand and will charge $40 to $60 per square foot.

Compare the cost of patching, adding three layers of joint compound, sanding, texturing, and painting a large hole yourself vs. the $150 a contractor might charge, and the DIY job might actually cost you more.

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Cost To Repair Water Damage

The average cost to repair drywall water damage in ceilings and walls is $120 minimum to fix the leak, and $50 to $125 minimum call-out charge to replace the drywall. Overall, you can expect an hourly rate of $50 to $75 plus materials.

  • Wet Walls – If the drywall is soft to the touch, it’s wet. You can also check for water with a penetrating moisture meter. Many times if the drywall gets wet, the water can also spread to the insulation in the wall. Wet insulation–fiberglass or cellulose–has a lower R-value than when it’s dry, so you’re losing more heat or cold air in the house.
  • Wet Ceilings – If you notice dripping from your ceiling, or even a spot that is actively wet, you should immediately evacuate the room and move all valuables away from the area. Put a plastic tarp on the floor to minimize damage should the ceiling look like it’s about to collapse, and call a drywall contractor right away.

Drywall Contractor Repairing Drywall From Water Damage

If the cause of water damage is not repaired, the water will continue to leak into the drywall, and a wall or ceiling collapse is inevitable. Also, the problem of mold on drywall adds high costs to the project. The average cost of mold remediation is $2,325, with most homeowners spending between $1,500 and $3,150.

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Drywall Crack Repair Costs

The average cost to repair drywall cracks is $2 per linear foot for walls and $2.30 per linear foot for ceilings. On average, professional contractors will charge $60 to $80 per hour plus materials for substantial crack repairs.

Even if you don’t know how to fix cracks in drywall, small cracks can be as easy as filling in a nail hole. Larger cracks or chipped paint can easily be repaired with spackle, sandpaper, and touchup paint, or you can get a drywall patch kit from your home improvement store for $6 to $16. It can take up to three coats of joint coating to cover the cracks adequately.

Drywall Crack Repair

One thing to keep in mind is to find out why the drywall is cracking because it could be indicative of foundation troubles. A sure sign of this is if you have difficulty opening windows or doors in the same area as the cracked drywall. In this case, take to a foundation repair contractor right away to prevent further damage.

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Drywall Whole Wall Repair Costs

Replacing an entire wall of Sheetrock in a 12’ x 12’ room costs about $220 or $1.60–$2.35 per square foot. This is still considered a small job by drywall contractors, and includes the following:

Drywall Wall Repair Costs
Item Average Cost
New drywall panels $48
Labor* $144
Equipment and supplies $30
Total $222

On a small job like this, there could also be a trip charge of $50–$125, depending on where you live. Drywall setup and cleanup are always included. The dust is horrendous when working with drywall, so you’ll need to plastic tarp off the room and cover vents. Outlet covers may need to be removed, and old drywall must be removed and disposed of. Then the contractor has to hang new drywall, tape, mud, sand, and texture. The average cost of drywall installation is $1.60 to $2.35 per square foot

Cost To Replace Lath and Plaster With Drywall

The average cost to replace lath and plaster ceiling with drywall is $4 to $9 per square foot. A complete replacement includes removing and disposing the old lath and plaster, installing new drywall, texturing, and painting.

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Sheetrock Repair Cost

Fixing Sheetrock costs the same as fixing drywall because Sheetrock is a brand name for drywall. Most contractors use the term Sheetrock rather than drywall. Sheetrock comes in 4 x 8 sheets in different thicknesses.

  • Sheetrock Thickness: 1/4”, 3/8”, and 5/8
  • Sheetrock Cost: $11.50–$12.50 [5]

You can also buy Sheetrock that is mold resistant for $11–$25 a panel, which is double the cost, but it might save lots of money in the long run.

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DIY Drywall Repair

For DIY drywall repairs, you can purchase a repair kit for about $6 to $16 for small holes. Larger DIY drywall repair jobs typically cost about $42 for the drywall and supplies, $14 per day for a drywall sander rental, $38 for a sawhorse, and $70 to $80 for a spiral saw. This comes out to a starting cost of $164.

DIY Drywall Repair - How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

Drywall repair is within the ability of most DIYers. All materials and drywall tools can be purchased at your local home improvement store, and a sander can be rented. However, working with drywall can be very messy, and drywall dust in the air can also trigger breathing issues for those with allergies or asthma. Use a plastic tarp to seal doorways and any other openings through which drywall dust might escape. Wear protective masks while working.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

To fix or patch a hole in drywall, you’ll then cut out the section of damaged drywall, insert backing or a patch from a drywall patching kit into the wall cavity, and apply 2–3 coats of joint compound before sanding it smooth. Alternatively, you can replace the square of drywall you’ve cut out with a new piece and then mud and tape the seams and let it dry. Some professionals use dryers to speed this part up. After sanding, apply another coat of joint compound or drywall mud and let dry. Sand until smooth, texture if you need to, and then paint.

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Handyman or Drywall Contractor?

Handyman hourly rates are $50 to $80 plus materials for the average drywall repair job. Most handymen are also qualified to do more complex tasks. Check with your handyman about his experience and knowledge before you run to hire the more expensive contractor. [6]

If you have damage that is more involved, such as water damage, huge holes, or repairs needing multiple sheets of drywall, you might want to use a licensed, insured contractor, who will cost about $75–$90 an hour. [7]

Common Drywall Repairs
Handyman Repairs Contractor Repairs
Numerous nail holes Holes over 5’ in diameter
Small (less than 4” in diameter) Large cracks
Small cracks Holes over 5’ in diameter, or multiple holes in multiple sheets of drywall
Popped screws in the drywall Cracks or holes in the corner of your rooms
Water damage

Hiring Your Drywall Repair Contractor

Aside from filling the small holes left from hanging a picture, which is an easy DIY job, it’s a good idea to get an estimate from a professional for any larger drywall repair jobs, especially if the drywall problems are due to water damage. They’ll have the repair supplies you don’t usually keep on hand, a few tools you may not have, and the expertise and experience needed.

For all it’s apparent strength and rigidity, drywall is a fairly fragile product. It doesn’t take much to make a dent or hole in it. The good news is that it’s easy to repair and drywall prices are not high. There are many qualified handymen and drywall professionals on HomeGuide ready to give you a bid on your drywall repair needs, and they will all take care of setup, cleanup, and trips to the hardware store, so you don’t have to deal with it.

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Author: Daniel W.
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