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How Much Does it Cost to Remove Wallpaper?

Wallpaper may be one of the most attractive ways to transform the look of any space, but removing it from the walls is not always an easy job. Although removing wallpaper doesn't necessarily involve a lot of special equipment, it does take time. For that reason, many homeowners prefer to hire professionals to remove the wallpaper in their home. Whether you want to remove wallpaper to paint the walls or just to put up a new pattern of wallpaper, this guide can help you know what to expect from professionals in the field.

National Remove Wallpaper Costs

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National Remove Wallpaper Costs
Average reported cost $700
Number of Cost Profiles 1257 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $65
Maximum reported cost $1,684
Most homeowners spent between: $477 to $813

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Average Costs of Professional Wallpaper Removal

Before you agree to have a team of professionals remove the wallpaper in your home, you should have an hourly rate agreed upon as well as an estimate for how long the process will take. The cost of this project will depend heavily on the type of walls you have, the type of wallpaper that was initially installed and the size as well as height of the room. On average, homeowners can expect to pay between $800 and $1,140 to have wallpaper removed in a large room.

Identifying the Walls and the Type of Paper

Believe it or not, the type of walls you have will play a role in the cost of wallpaper removal. Plaster walls are easier to deal with, and if you have these in your home, then the removal process will be faster and cheaper. If you have drywall underneath the wallpaper, however, removal techniques are limited, and the process can be more expensive overall. In addition, the type of wallpaper used influences total cost. Dry strip paper is by far the easiest to remove, and it will likely be far cheaper than you anticipated.

Wallpaper Removal Techniques and Their Costs

There are three major wallpaper removal techniques that professionals rely on to removal wallpaper in residential homes. The first, dry-stripping, requires no special equipment and is by far the fastest. The next option is using a wet chemical solution to remove the adhesive behind the paper and then slowly scrape it away from the wall. The last option, reserved for the hardest cases, involves steaming the wallpaper away from the wall beneath.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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