Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Construction & Renovation > Sidewalk Repair

Sidewalk Repair Cost


How Much Does Sidewalk Repair Cost?

 
low costLow: DIY Basic Repair Runs $10-$50average costMedium: Simple Repairs Run $50-$200high costHigh: Hiring a Contractor to Pour Concrete Can Run $750-$4,500
post Post   Comments (1)  

Although sidewalks are usually built on a public right-of-way on the edge of a property, in many areas the property owner is financially responsible for installing and maintaining the sidewalk and replacing it if it becomes cracked or damaged. Some cities have 50-50 programs where either city staff or a hired contractor does the work, then the city bills the homeowner for half the cost of the new sidewalk. In other places, especially in new developments built in the last few decades, homeowners are responsible for all the costs, and may hire their own contractor to build a sidewalk or replace a damaged one.

Typical costs:

  • Hiring a contractor to pour a concrete sidewalk runs around $5-$9 a square foot, or $1,500-$2,250 for a sidewalk 5 feet wide and 50 feet long. Depending on the type of finish used, costs can be as high as $10-$18 or more a square foot, or $2,500-$4,500 for a 5-by-50-foot sidewalk.
  • Materials and rental tools for a do-it-yourself project run about $3-$4 a square foot, or $750-$1,000 for a 5-by-50-foot sidewalk.
  • Most sidewalks are repaired by removing and replacing the old concrete, but if the damage is minimal (short cracks only 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide or if a portion of the sidewalk is raised no more than 1 to 1-1/2 inches) repairs may be possible. For small cracks you can patch the concrete with ready-mix concrete patch, concrete grout or caulk. For a slightly raised edge you can grind it down[1] . Do-it-yourself materials will cost $10-$50, depending on materials used and whether you need to rent a masonry grinder.
  • Hiring a handyman or concrete worker to do simple patching or grinding runs about $50-$200, depending on the amount of work needed (and most contractors won't handle jobs this small). Some cities will do minor patching work then bill the homeowner, and grinding down a raised portion might be done by city employees at no charge. However, patching or grinding a sidewalk is often considered a temporary fix, and eventually it may be necessary to remove and re-pour the concrete. (And some cities require replacement rather than repair.)
Related articles: Fence, Patio, Deck

What should be included:
  • A quality sidewalk should have a gravel base and be reinforced with steel mesh to prevent cracking or buckling, and the concrete should be at least 4 inches thick. It's best to pour concrete in cool, dry weather. For a strong sidewalk, avoid extremely hot days or days that are followed by freezing nights. Reader's Digest provides detailed do-it-yourself instructions.
  • Be sure to check with your local planning department for the minimum sidewalk standards, and whether a building permit is required.
Additional costs:
  • In replacing a cracked or buckled sidewalk where the damage was caused by tree roots, there may be additional costs for removing the trees or cutting back the roots.
Discounts:
  • Check to see if replacing a damaged sidewalk is covered under your homeowner's insurance. Coverage will depend on the type of damage to the sidewalk and the specifics of your policy.
Shopping for sidewalk repair:
  • Get several estimates, making sure what is (and isn't) in each quote; understand whether all prep and clean-up work is included. Request and check references. Ask about the contractor's length and type of experience; and be sure they're properly bonded, insured and licensed in your state[2] . Check if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[3] .
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Sidewalk repair
Amount: $750.00 total
Posted by: Chris D in Richmond, VA.Posted: February 20th, 2011 04:02AM
Had my 55 yr old sidewalk (180 sq ft.) resurfaced and a 3'x 10' section repoured due to extensive damage. Called 8 contractors and only 2 gave me quotes on repair, Which is what I asked for. The other contractors wanted to rip out and repour. Very happy with repair job. Yes the sidewalk may crack again, but so can a new sidewalk.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Sidewalk Repair
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * total
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  /www.portlandoregon.gov/TRANSPORTATION/article/82742?&login=1
  2.  www.contractors-license.org/
  3.  search.bbb.org/
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Heating Oil Cost? How Much Does Painting a House Cost? How Much Does a Fence Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Complete Spine MRI
Paid: 3990.00
The total charged was $15554. Insane in the tube for an hour and 15 minutes. and charged for 4 separate MRIs... [more]
-Stacey C
Spinal MRI Cost
Microdermal and lip piercing
Paid: 110.00
Leslie is my piercer,she's a rockstar. She's very gentle... [more]
-Dee Garland
Body Piercings Cost
StoneScape pebble resurfacing
Paid: 12500.00
I drain my pool to rebalance new water and left it empty for a couple weeks. Plaster began to crack and pop off. Costly mistake for well performing 15-year-old plaster. Side job cost negotiated from $15,000 including coping repairs... [more]
-Big mistake
Pool Resurfacing Cost
Golden Shepherd cross breed
Paid: 356.42
My 1 year old puppy was spayed yesterday. It was $356.42 for surgery and meds. The cone was an extra $12.76. She also had her umbilical hernia repaired for an additional $183.23. Grand total $553.18... [more]
-Dog mom
Dog Spay or Neuter Cost
Typhoid Oral Vaccine
Paid: 100.00
NOT COVERED... [more]
-
Typhoid Vaccine Cost
AC repair
Paid: 847.56
AC was blowing only cool air not cold. Took driving 15 miles before cabin of truck cooled down. Mechanic thought it just needed freon but that was not the case. It needed the whole new system... [more]
-Frustrated mom
Car Air Conditioning Cost