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Question DetailsAsked on 1/3/2014

How much can I expect to pay to repair a hole in my drywall and repair window & door molding that have been chewed?

Brand new home, was vandalized by a dog we were dog-sitting for. He chewed a fist-size hole in the drywall and scratched and or chewed the molding on a window and the door jam and frame.
What can I expect in repair cost as well as supplies?

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Sounds like you need a good handyman, because you have minor drywall, finish carpentry, and painting work to do, and having that done by a general contractor or three separate subs is going to cost $500-1000 probably.

Not knowing the exact extent, so assuming no plumbing or electrical damage in the wall hole (which shouldbe checked for), the overall damaged area in the drywall is no more than a foot or so in diameter, and maybe 20-30 LF of damaged trim and molding and that it is profiles and wood type currently locally available, that makes about $10-30 materials for the drywall repair, about $50-100 for the trim, and about $30-70 for the paint supplies, depending on whether you spot paint the repair or repaint the entire wall so it all matches.

I would estimate labor for a handyman at about 1.5-3 hours for the drywall repair and painting (depending on whether doing whole wall repaint or not), 1-3 hours for the trim (depending on whether it needs staining or painting or not), and 0-2 hours for window and door scratch touchup adjacent to the trim, since they probably got a bit of tooth and nail action also.

Therefore, I would ballpark (sight unseen), with handyman labor cost between $25 and $40/hr, a low to high range of about $150-520 at the extremes - most likely in the $300-400's would be my guess. The big problem on this type of job is a lot of little items and having to come back several times, waiting for drywall patches and touchup compound to dry between coats, then drywall primer and trim stain drying, then finish paint coat drying between coats (likely to take 2 on the wall) - so may take 3-4 visits all told. Maybe less if he can patch it with spackle instead of drywall compound and is able to use pre-finished trim and molding.

I would take a close look at all your house - including furniture and curtains - for other damage, because dogs that chew to try to escape commonly end up taking out their frustrations on furniture legs or table ends too, and that type repair runs at least as much as this list, per piece, typically.

Perhaps Don or Todd will jump in here to say if they think I am all wet or not. If anything, I bet they will say I am a little shy on labor costs.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


A picture is worth a thousand words. I wish there was a picture posted with this question. I would think LCD is correctwith the $500 to $1000 range.If the hole is that small a blow out patch could be done for the drywall and if the repairman uses a hot mix spackle three coats could be apllied in one day and the trim work could be done between coats. There may have to be a follow up visit the following day for paint unless you can do that part yourself.

Remember, no good deed remains unpunished. No more pet sitting.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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