If you've got walls, more than likely they're made from drywall. Unlike floors, countertops, siding, fences, and many other home installations, drywall outperforms and underbids nearly every other wall material out there. It's light, easy-to-install, and durable. The only big drawback of drywall is that it's not the strongest material in the world. It'll take a good amount of abuse, but an angry household member can fling open a door and send the knob part way through a wall. Drywall isn't the stuff they line the space shuttle with, but it's still the material of choice for your home.
The Demand for Drywall Repair in Houston
The need for drywall repair, in Houston or anywhere else, is a common problem. ServiceMagic tracks over 450 separate kinds of home improvement projects and drywall repair is the 19th most common request we receive. So you're not alone. Don't curse and scream. It's something that happens, and it should be a relatively inexpensive fix. The exception to this rule is when you have a large area to repair or drywall repair associated with water damage. In the latter case, a water leak may need to be taken care of along with your drywall replacement and a waterproof backing may need to be applied. The extent of the repair may also determine whether you can take the task on yourself. Patching drywall isn't difficult, but it takes a professional's touch to match the new drywall to the old.
Cost of Houston Drywall Repair
As you might imagine, the nature of the drywall repair also influences the cost. From the same data that tells us drywall repair is a common problem, we know the national average for drywall repair is about $525. Our Houston drywall repair projects show a similar average, but also show small repair projects that consistently cost $50-$250 and larger projects that run around $700-$900. Several Houston homeowners also end up hiring Houston handyman contractors who take care of other home improvement projects at the same time. Here's what one homeowner in Richmond told us about his project: "I added the tiling of two bathroom floors to the job once he arrived. The initial project, sheetrock (drywall), only took about 3 hours."
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Project Length of Houston Drywall Repair
Many homeowners are concerned about how long their home improvement projects will take. You shouldn't have to fight with your contractor and wait two weeks for a project that shouldn't take longer than a day. With drywall repair, though, your primary focus should be the quality of the work. As a testament to just how difficult it can be to match textured drywall, even professional Houston drywall repair contractors may not get it exactly right the first time.
Be clear with your contractor about what you expect. Drywall repair takes only a few hours to complete and then a day or two to dry. If the repair doesn't meet your expectations, you may need to call the contractor back. Of course, hiring someone who's willing to come back to touch-up or redo your drywall may also cost more. You may need to ask yourself whether you want to spend only $200-$300 for a passable repair or $400 or more for a seamless job. Just make sure you discuss these issues with each contractor you talk to so that you can compare bids on an equal scale and so there's no arguments or disappointment later.