It’s not unusual that at some point you’ll need either ceiling repair or wall repair, where there are holes or cracks within the drywall. Drywall repair cost will be largely based upon and affected by the person doing the job, since labour is so expensive. An average small job, around 6 hours worth of labour, will cost between $150 – $380 for a drywall repair project. Jump to our repair costs table below for a full breakdown:
A Cost Comparison of Drywall Repair Costs
|Element of Project||Drywall Repair Cost (Handyman)||Drywall Repair Cost (Contractor)|
|Drywall Sheet||$6.00 – $12.00||$6.00 – $12.00|
|Ancillaries (Tape & Compound||$15.00 – $20.00||$15.00 – $20.00|
|Labour (6 Hours Average)||$25 – $50 (Base) + $40 – $100 (Per Repair)||$40 – $100 (Base) + $75 – $200 (Per Repair)|
|Tools (Usually Have Own)||$15.00 – $50.00||$15.00 – $50.00|
|Total Repair Cost (Small Job)||$150 – $200||$185 – $380|
In his drywall repair guide we cover the following drywall repair topics:
Common reasons for drywall repair are:
- Damage caused by a doorknob, rambunctious child’s toy or swift kick
- Water damage from a leaking roof or plumbing which consequently damages the drywall ceiling
- Home improvements such as adding an electrical outlet or removing old cable or wiring
The good news is that drywall ceilings and walls are usually fairly easy to repair, and when the job is done properly and painted with skill, the damage will disappear.
Understanding how to repair a hole or crack within your drywall is very useful, but you what are your options? Your two options are to make a localized repair of the damage or to replace the entire sheet of drywall. Each has its pros and cons:
Local repair: This is the standard technique for damage to a small to medium-sized area. There’s less mess with a local repair. Small holes require only spackling, no additional drywall. If drywall is needed, a piece of scrap material might be large enough for the purpose, saving you some money. The caution regarding local repair is that any large piece must be fastened to a stud or other suitable bracket for stability, and inserting and securing the mounting material can be difficult.
Full-sheet repair: This is the simplest ways to repair large holes in drywall. The sheet is removed from the studs and a new piece of drywall is screwed in place. The joints are taped, mudded and sanded, resulting in a clean repair that might blend better with the rest of the wall than a small patch.
The main disadvantage to this method is the need for precise cutting out of the old sheet, which is time-consuming and difficult, so sheets next to it aren’t damaged. Also, replacing a full sheet is a larger mudding, taping and sanding project.
Drywall repair costs are determined differently than drywall installation costs for two reasons. First, most drywall contractors and handymen charge a minimum fee for any job. Secondly, repair is more labor-intensive and time-consuming relative to the amount of drywall installed.
A handyman will charge less than a drywall contractor, and as long as the handyman has experience, the job quality can be just as good. We always recommend getting a quote from a contractor where possible. Let’s break down the costs for drywall repair by material and labor:
Drywall Repair Materials Cost
- Sheet of drywall: $6 to $12, depending on type. Acoustical drywall panels cost more.
- Small container of joint compound and a roll of tape: $15 to $20.
- Tools: Most will have their own tools, but if purchased, the cost will be $15 to $50 based on the quality of the tools.
Total materials cost for drywall repair: $40 to $80
Drywall Repair Labor Cost
- Handyman: $25 to $50 minimum plus $40 to $100 per repair.
- Contractor: $40 to $100 minimum plus $75 to $200 per repair.
This makes the grand total for drywall repair costs to be approximately $115 to $380 based on who does the repair, the cost of materials and tools and how long the work takes.
Most small repairs in which a patch of drywall is used require 3 to 6 hours of labor. This is because multiple layers of joint compound need to be applied. Using fast-drying compound can be used in some cases, so that the repair is made in one day.
The following are user submitted prices and costs for their drywall repair project. Help us build our list by submitting your project prices and costs using our simple contact form.
|Type||Details||Where?||Sq. Ft.||Cost Per Sq .Ft||Total Cost|
|Repair||Drywall repair in approximately 6 bedrooms||Bedrooms||3,400 sq. ft.||$1.13||$3,000|
|Repair / Patching||Repair and patch a damaged ceiling within the sitting room area.||Sitting Room||Unknown||$2.00 – $2.25||Unknown|
Helpful Links for Drywall Repair
How to Make Drywall Repairs: Here’s a how-to guide from the experts at This Old House for making drywall repairs.
Repair Drywall Corners: If you’ve got damaged drywall corners, here’s a helpful resource for making the repairs.
Watch Drywall Repairs In Action – Repairing A Small Hole: Watch a homeowner repair small holes and gouges in drywall.
Watch Drywall Repairs In Action – Repairing a Large Hole: This video features a painting contractor repairing a large hole in drywall.