Cost to Remove Wallpaper

Updated: April 2015

Wallpaper Removal Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Wallpaper Removal Labor
Direct labor to remove wallpaper. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
2.6 hours$40.97$159.95
Wallpaper Removal Job Materials and Supplies
Cost of supplies that may be required to remove wallpaper including: masking tape and paper, surface repair and preparation material, primers, and cleanup supplies.
125 Square Feet$23.38$26.88
Wallpaper Removal Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: 115 v wallpaper steamer stripper and remover.
 $22.50$41.25

Totals - Cost to Remove Wallpaper - 125 Square Feet $86.85$228.08
Average Cost Per Square Foot  $0.69$1.82

Searching for a quick, accurate estimate of the cost to Remove Wallpaper? This FREE online calculator uses current material prices, proven productivity rates and region specific wages to estimate costs for your Wallpaper Removal project.

For a basic 125 square feet project in zip code 47474, the cost to Remove Wallpaper averages $0.69 - $1.82 per square foot* - but costs vary by size and location. To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Location Enter the location is where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.


NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


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Cost to Remove Wallpaper - Notes and General Information

Homewyse cost estimates are "ballpark" ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Wallpaper Removal, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Wallpaper Removal jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, finish, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Wallpaper Removal. Add 11% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Remove Wallpaper - References


Wallpaper Removal - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the high end of the estimated price range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor and for complex or rush projects. Hire carefully, only after verifying prior work quality.

For the best value on Wallpaper Removal: combine related projects; get bids from several pros; and be flexible about project scheduling.


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