Cost to Remove a Wall – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 356

$ 200

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The average price to Remove a Wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to remove an interior wall? A contractor charges $356 but you can do the job for $200 and save 44 percent.

Combine two small adjacent rooms and create one large room by removing the wall between them and redefine the space. Making two rooms into one is a frequent solution empty nesters use when the kids’ bedrooms are empty and the walls come down to create a master suite.

When a larger or additional bathroom is needed, you can create found space by removing a wall to expand into an adjoining room. If you plan to deconstruct or remove a wall keep in mind that it was built in an organized way so it should be removed in an organized, not haphazard way.

This demolition works when the wall being removed is non-bearing, or a partition, not a bearing wall that carries a structural load. A partition wall only divides space in the interior of a house, but a bearing wall in the interior is one that encloses an opening or is in line over the posts and girders in the crawl space or basement.

Before you consider removing a wall, consult with a general contractor, engineer, or architect to determine if it can be removed without damaging the structure of the house. To determine if a wall is non-bearing, look in the attic for exposed joists or in the basement at the rafters. If they run parallel to the wall you want to remove, it isn’t a bearing wall.

A contractor will charge $356 to remove a 10-wide-by-8-foot high non-bearing interior wall between two rooms and remove the debris. Removal of the material is a key factor to consider because if you do it yourself, you have to rent a 20-yard roll off container or dumpster which will cost at least $200. The job will take the better part of a day to complete, and for your work, you’ll pocket a 44 percent saving.

Breathing the dusty dirty air that surfaces when a wall is removed can be a health concern, not to mention a mess. Be particularly careful removing electrical receptacles and outlets in the wall. If there’s any doubt, hire an electrician to find and remove them.

To remove the wall material, including wallboard and woodwork, you’ll need framing and sledgehammer, hand sledge, pry bar, and shop vac. Wear leather gloves, a hat, a dust mask, and eye protection.

The Spruce has this advice: How to Remove a Full Interior Wall (non-load bearing).

The average price to remove a wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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