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Plaster Repair Costs

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There are times when it is necessary to replace entire sections of interior walls, and this is drywall or plaster replacement. What about drywall or plaster repair? There are many differences and you may find yourself in need of plaster repair because of small or large holes, cracks due to stress and age, deterioration of vintage plaster, and chips when there is some sort of damage but not an actual hole made through the plaster. There may be the need to do some plaster repair when water is to blame.

Drywall, sheetrock, and plaster can be damaged by everything from a doorknob crashing through the wall or because of the pressures and problems caused by the passage of time. Household accidents, roughhousing kids, and work being done in a home are all underlying causes of plaster damage, and water is also a common problem.

Plaster repair: 10 sq.ft. area, by type of issue.

Issue Cost Quantity Line Cost
Small holes: may vary based on the cause of the damage. As an example, if a doorknob is to blame, the project may cost more as the expert recommends a doorstop installation too. $50-$80 per sq.ft. 10 $500-$800
Large holes: similarly priced to small holes, a larger hole may come with added costs of debris removal. $70-$100 per sq.ft. 10 $700-$1,000
Cracks and chips $20 per crack or chip 10 $200
Water damage $75 per hour 4-6 $300-$450
Ceilings: even a simple bit of patch or crack work being far greater because of the ladder work, slow labor, and specialized tools. $75 per hour 4-16 $300-$1,200


Other considerations and costs

  • Mold remediation may be necessary with water damage.
  • Repairing an entire wall or installing a full sheet of drywall may be necessary.

DIY considerations

  • Small cracks and chips, and even small holes may be a DIY project and some big box stores sell kits to do it, but most homeowners opt to leave this very detailed work in the hands of experts.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(Varies by type of issue)
  • New York, NY$1,205
  • Bronx, NY$990
  • Brooklyn, NY$825
  • Philadelphia, PA$1,029
  • Washington, DC$893
  • Atlanta, GA$808
  • Miami, FL$735
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$770
  • Minneapolis, MN$903
  • Chicago, IL$1,052
  • Houston, TX$1,085
  • San Antonio, TX$729
  • Austin, TX$825
  • Denver, CO$697
  • Phoenix, AZ$735
  • Las Vegas, NV$807
  • Los Angeles, CA$910
  • San Diego, CA$825
  • San Jose, CA$997
  • Seattle, WA$730

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