Cost to Replace Drywall

Updated: December 2016

Drywall Replacement Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
Item detailsQtyLow  High
Drywall Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Paper faced 1/2" thick gypsum board. 4' x 8' sheets. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
134 square feet$59.71$81.60
Drywall Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to replace drywall with favorable site conditions. Remove existing drywall surface. Layout, fabricate and fit drywall sheets. With up to 1 cutout per 100 SF. Secure to framing per manufacturer specifications. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
134 square feet$59.71$81.60
Drywall Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to replace drywall including: fasteners, seam tape, outside corner beads and topping compound.
134 square feet$59.71$81.60
Drywall Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: manual drywall hoist, drywall cutting and fabrication tools, auto loading drywall screw gun.
134 square feet$59.71$81.60
Drywall Debris Disposal
Costs to load and haul away old materials, installation waste and associated debris.
134 square feet0.29530.3359
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 4 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
   
Totals - Cost To Replace Drywall   
Average Cost per Square Foot  

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Replace Drywall! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Drywall Replacement project. This estimate is for basic Level 0 drywall installation - physical installation of drywall on existing framing: no surface finishing, taping or corner finishing costs are included in these estimates. For a basic 125 square feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Replace Drywall ranges between $3.69 - $4.56 per square foot* .

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location 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 Replace Drywall - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments 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 Drywall Replacement, 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 Drywall Replacement jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, 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 Drywall Replacement. Add 15% 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 Replace Drywall - References

Drywall Replacement - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Drywall Replacement costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.


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