If you are considering removing a wall, you are not alone. We hear from people every day that are interested in taking out a wall in their home. One of the first questions they ask is, “How much does it cost to remove a wall?” And our answer is always, “It depends.” There are multiple factors to consider that can affect the price. But if you are looking for a general idea, it usually costs between $300 and $1,000 to remove a non-load-bearing wall. It can cost between $1,500 and $10,000 to remove a load-bearing wall.
Calculating the Cost to Remove a Load-bearing Wall
When you read that it can cost between $300 and $10,000 to remove a wall, it’s not that helpful. That’s a big range in cost. We know those numbers aren’t that useful, which is why we encourage you to get a more accurate estimate for your situation from a professional contractor. Here are some of the things that a contractor will consider when estimating the cost to remove a wall:
Is it non-load-bearing or load-bearing?
This is the biggest thing that will affect the price. You can remove a non-load-bearing wall, patch up the holes, and be done. But a load-bearing wall is different. As the name states, a load-bearing wall is helping support the load of your home’s structure. Taking it out and not replacing it with a beam risks the structural integrity of your home. If you do remove a load-bearing wall, you must replace it with a beam to hold the load the wall was holding.
Any contractor can come in and knock out a wall. Not many can replace that wall with a beam as we can. Our services are focused on more than just aesthetics. They are also focused on leaving you with a safe, structurally-sound home for you and your family.
Is the house 2 or more stories?
Removing a load-bearing wall in a single-story home is less expensive than in a multi-story home. There is significantly more load to support in a multi-story home so it requires more skill and attention to do the job safely.
What’s in the wall – pipes, electrical, etc.?
Even non-load-bearing walls are more expensive to remove if they are filled with things that need protecting. You don’t want a contractor cutting through things that make your home livable, like plumbing and electricity. What’s in the wall also affects the cost of removing a load-bearing wall. If we need to move stuff around or deal with hazards like asbestos, it costs more.
The Bottom Line
Load Bearing Pros only removes load-bearing walls. We can tell you what it will cost to remove your load-bearing wall and we can do it quickly and safely. Just give us a call at (385) 300-8322 to talk to a wall removal expert or complete our online form for a free bid.