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$671
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$329 - $1,015
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$150
High End
$2,000

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If your walls have formed cracks, chips, or holes and you need to have them repaired, judging the cost can be difficult. To give you an idea, homeowners spend an average of $671 per repair. Most projects will fall between $329 and $1,015.

Here are a few common factors that affect the final project price. The price to hire a handyman or wall repair contractor is approximately $60 to $80 per hour. Handymen are less expensive to hire than contractors. Whether you can complete the job as a DIY project, hire a handyman or hire a specialized contractor depends on the complexity of the task, type of material used, and the extent of the damage. Materials typically run $70 and up. While contractors bring their own supplies, homeowners who choose to complete tasks on their own must purchase their own materials.

On This Page:

  1. Cause of the Damage
  2. Repairing Water Damage
  3. Cost to Fix Wall By Material Type
  4. Exterior Vs. Interior
  5. Final Touches
  6. Handyman or Contractor?
  7. FAQ

Cause of the Damage

Chips, cracks, and holes can be caused by impact from heavy objects and projectiles. In cases like this, a simple patching repair should last a long time. However, if holes or cracks are caused by a settling foundation or water damage then the damage may be a symptom of a more serious problem. This can require extensive repairs. Talk to your professional for help. If you are not sure where the cracks and holes came from, hire a structural engineer to assess the stability of your home.

Small Holes - $50 to $300

Damage is typically caused by household accidents, rodents, and removal of obsolete fixtures. Factors that affect cost includes whether the walls need to be repainted, finished or textured, location of the problem, materials used, and if a contractor must be hired to complete the task. Drywall is among the most common type of household materials and may be the easiest to repair. Other materials, such as plaster, will drive up the cost due to more expensive materials and labor.

Larger Holes - $150 to $400

This type of problem can be caused by household repairs (plumbing work or remodeling), water, fire, and other household accidents. Factors that affect the costs includes the finish and texture, location of the damage, materials used and if a remediation contractor (for mold) must be hired. If structural damage was incurred when the hole was made, this too will affect the cost. Homeowners who can repair large holes on their own may save money, but larger holes may require special tools and equipment. Unless the tools are already on hand, this can negatively impact your savings.

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Stress Crack - $100 -$150

Settlement of the foundation, seismic activity, structural problems, poor installation, and similar issues cause stress cracks. This problem can be inexpensive to fix; however, cracks could be indicative of larger repairs that need to be made. Cracks that are 1/4 of an inch or wider are considered more serious and should be inspected by a professional contractor. Smaller hairline cracks are typically fine to work on without getting an inspection.

Bowing - $75 to $400 per square foot

Typically, bowing is caused by foundation problems and structural issues, which means more expensive repair to solve the root of the problem. Basement walls may bow inward because of soil pressure pushing on the outside of the home, while exterior may bow outward because of foundation settling and shifting soil. Either way, repairs cannot occur until the foundation is stabilized. Contact a foundation repair contractor and discuss the cost to have it fixed quickly and properly.

Restore Deteriorating Ornamental Plaster - $360

Ornamental plaster can be chipped, scuffed, or scratched by natural wear and tear. Small holes and other problems are common in parts of the home where people are likely to touch or clean the walls regularly. Water and smoke can also damage it. Factors include the complexity of the design, location of the problem, number of qualified contractors in the area, and the physical size of the restoration area.

Efflorescence - $100 Per 150 Square Feet

Efflorescence is a white flaky crust that appears on brick, often a few months after construction. It is caused by the presence of water soluble salts and moisture. It can be removed from bricks by a cleaning company but may return if the moisture and salinity aren’t addressed. To prevent it from cropping up the future, moisture flow through the brick must be cut off. Sealants may be used, but care should be taken to ensure the house can still "breathe". Consult with a contractor to get the job done properly.

Sagging - $90 Per Hour

Sagging can be caused by a variety of problems including structural issues, water intrusion, and design flaws. The cost to fix it depends on size and the method of repair. If the problem is caused by a leak, the leak should be repaired first. If the damage is caused by foundation problems, those should be addressed first or sagging will reappear.

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Repairing Water Damage

Water damaged drywall costs between $250 and $700 to repair. Bubbling, peeling, or warping will require the removal of old drywall and installation of a new sheet. Plaster runs between $200 and $900 to fix. The cost to waterproof a concrete wall runs between $3 and $9 per square foot, while the price to fix wood averages between $30 to $100 per hour for a carpenter.At the first signs of an issue, it's important to hire a restoration company quickly to prevent mold from growing. Homeowners who feel uncertain about who should fix the job (contractor versus handyman) should contact both professional types for a quote and consultation.

Damage in Walls - $400 per 100 Square Feet

Water damage can be caused by a plumbing, roof, or water heater leak, condensation, faulty gutter system, and other problems with the drainage systems in your home. These may be inexpensive to repair, but mold remediation costs more (on average around $2,300) and may be necessary to ensure the health and safety of the people in your home. In addition, if structural damage has occurred, studs, joists, and other parts of the wall may need to be repaired. A qualified contractor can determine what needs to be fixed and give you a quote.

Damage Around Tub or Shower - $400

Water damage can also occur around tubs and showers if there is a slow leak or crack in the caulk or grout around the shower. This can lead to mold. Cost factors include the size of the problem and whether mold has accumulated in the area. The cost to remove mold from the home depends on the extent of the issue.

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Cost to Fix a Wall by Material Type

Most household walls are made from either drywall or plaster. While most newer homes use drywall, many older homes that use plaster. Homeowners who are not sure which one they have can find out by tapping on the wall. If it sounds hollow, it is most likely drywall. If it is cooler to the touch and sounds solid, it is most likely plaster.Each of these materials requires a different type of repair. The process for fixing a small chip, crack, or hole in plaster is simple. Drywall, on the other hand, involves layers of application and sanding. Most experienced handymen or carpenters will charge an hourly rate for drywall repair.

Plaster - $100 to $300

This is the average price to fix small to medium sized holes. Factors affecting how much the job will cost include: repainting, location of the hole, and possibly the cause of the issue. Common types of plaster damage include: cracks, screw holes, nail holes, and chips in high-traffic areas.

Wood - $30 - $100 per hour

Your carpenter’s final hourly rate charged depends on factors like years of experience, materials used, complexity, and area of the home. Wood is easily warped by water and some types are easy to scratch. Finished wood can be re-stained or repainted as needed. Wood that is rotten may need to be replaced altogether.

Concrete - $250 - $800

The cost to repair a crack in a concrete wall can range between $250 and $800. Concrete foundations can develop other problems, such as leaks, bowing and uneven settling. These problems can be caused by settlement or movement of the soil, seismic activity, and similar problems. Factors include the size of the problem and cause of the damage.

Drywall - $60 - $80 Per Hour

Drywall repair costs differ depending on the size of the problem, type of damage, and possible presence of mold. For large issues that occur because of smoke or water, a contractor may be required. Contractors typically charge more than handymen, closer to $80 per hour.

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Exterior Vs. Interior Wall Repair

Exterior damage is generally more serious than interior. For example, a crack in an exterior wall can lead to water intrusion and moisture problems in the home. They must be more water-resistant and capable of enduring the elements. Hiring a contractor to make fixes to the outside of your home is a good choice. Hiring a contractor to fix siding runs between $40 and $50 per hour, whereas the cost to hire a foundation repair contractor is around $4,000. An interior wall is closer to a $500 total to fix.

Basement

Water intrusion and cracks are a common problem in basements. Cracks that run all the way through the wall may need to be repaired from the interior and exterior. Problems can range from water sealing to an insecure foundation.

Interior

Interior walls can be affected by cracks, small holes, large holes, water, smoke, scuffs, chips, stains, and markings. Except in the case of household accidents, the source of the problem must be fixed before the damage itself can be addressed. For example, water stains from roof leaks cannot not be fixed until the roof leak itself has been addressed.

Load Bearing

Load bearing walls commonly experience stress cracks and structural problems. Before the issue can be fixed, an investigation must be conducted to ensure that the home's foundation is not the root cause. Cracks on the exterior can cause water intrusion and interior damage. Cracks inside the home can be ignored without trouble, unless the cracks are 1/4 of an inch wide or more, in which case they need to be inspected by a foundation contractor.

Garage or Shed

Leaks and water intrusion are common problems for garage and shed walls, especially if the roof over the structure has not been well-maintained. In addition, damage from power tools and yard equipment can lead to scuffs, scratches, gouges, and holes. Interior damage is typically cosmetic, whereas water damage must be fixed immediately to prevent mold and structural instability.

Retaining Wall

Retaining walls typically have soil on one side and an exposed surface on the other. Cracks can lead to leaks and structural problems. Cracks that are 1/4 of an inch or larger must be inspected by a contractor. Smaller cracks may need to be sealed to prevent bigger problems. Speak to a contractor before applying sealant to avoid damaging moisture buildup.

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Final Touches

When figuring the cost of any repair, remember to include the final touches that make your wall look identical to the other walls in the room. For small repairs, touch up paint may be adequate. For larger ones, cost of repainting or the cost of re-wallpapering must be factored into your total project budget.

Handyman or Contractor?

Average rate per hour for professional help:
  • Handyman: $60 to $65
  • Mason: $65 to $75
  • Drywall contractor: $80
  • Plaster contractor: $90
  • Carpenter: $30 to $100

Handyman services are most appropriate for minor jobs with common materials like drywall and plaster. The cost of hiring a handyman is typically less than the cost of hiring a variety of contractor types. Wood walls may require help from a carpenter, especially if matching exact wood type and coloring is important. Likewise, the additional cost of hiring a mason may be necessary to repair damage to brick and stone.

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FAQ

How do you fix a hole in the wall?

To fix a hole in drywall, use scissors to cut a patch that is slightly larger than the hole, then press the patch to the hole and apply joint compound to the patch, feathering the compound. Wait for the compound to dry, then sand the surface flat and repaint as necessary.

How do you fix a hole in a plasterboard wall?

Plasterboard is another name for drywall. However, if the wall is made of actual plaster, a hole is patched by applying plaster to the hole and then sanding it once it has dried.

Can you use spackle to fix plaster?

For small cracks and holes, spackling may be used to repair plaster. Larger holes must be patched with real plaster.

Is plaster better than drywall?

Plaster is considered higher-end than drywall because it requires more skilled labor to install. Plaster is also denser, creates a more effective sound barrier, and is more durable than drywall.

How do you remove plaster from a wall?

Use a flat bar to remove plaster, and a hammer to remove the lathe. Hire an electrician to remove wiring.

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