Cost to Remove Wallpaper – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 366

$ 75

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 44% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

What’s the cost to remove wallpaper? A paperhanger charges $366 to remove wallpaper but by doing it yourself for $75 you can save 86 percent. 

Removing unwanted wallpaper is grunt work. The ideal task for a wannabe do-it-yourselfer because it requires no skills or previous experience.

Removing wallpaper is a process you learn on the job, and the tools and materials you need are inexpensive. It’s just tedious, messy and time consuming.

A contractor will charge $366 to remove two layers of wallpaper from a 10-by-12-foot room or about 500 square feet if you allow for a window and door. This includes the labor and material. You can do the work for $75, the cost to remove wallpaper, and save a whopping 86 percent for your effort. Your cost covers a gallon of gel-type remover, a scoring tool, wallpaper scraper, masking tape, and plastic drop cloths. You’ll also need a paint roller and pan.

The room becomes a work zone because you have to remove everything from the walls, move the furniture away from the walls and protect the floors with plastic drop cloths taped to the baseboard. To begin, roll a scoring tool over a wall to attack the glue bonding the wallpaper to it. The tool makes tiny holes in the paper so you can apply a gel remover to break down the old glue and loosen the paper. Follow the manufacturer’s direction for applying the remover. We like to use a paint roller to apply the remover in a section of a wall and then wait a while before scraping off the wallpaper.

To reach into a tight corner of wallpaper to remove, aim a spray bottle into the corner and squirt water to soak the area. You may have to do this a few times until the paper loosens and you can get a scraper under the wallpaper.

When all the paper is removed wash the walls to remove any glue and residue that remains. Then wrap up the scraps in the plastic drop cloth and the job’s done.

You’ll spend a good 14 hours removing wallpaper if you do it yourself while a paperhanger can do the job in about 10 hours

Here’s a Home Depot video How to Remove Wallpaper.

Now you know the average cost to remove wallpaper, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. 

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.