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Posted By: Liam MillerOctober 17, 2023
Liam Miller

How Much Does a Sidewalk Repair Cost?

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A typical residential sidewalk repair may cost between $1,000 and $5,000. However, a larger or commercial sidewalk repair may cost upwards of $10,000. On average, the cost per square foot is around $15-$18.
There are several factors that affect the cost of a sidewalk repair.

Factors that Affect the Cost of a Sidewalk Repair:

1. Total Square Feet

The total square footage of the sidewalk you are looking to repair heavily influences the total cost. The more square footage, the higher the overall cost. However, if you go with more square footage, the price per square foot becomes lower.

2. Thickness of the sidewalk

Depending on the thickness of your sidewalk, the cost will vary; while typical sidewalks are 4 inches thick, there are some that are 7 inches. These requires more concrete and work to complete.

3. Location

If you live on a busy street, certain permits need to be taken out, which can increase the cost of the repair. In addition, if you reside in a historic district, then the cost goes up significantly as drawings, approvals and additional permits need to be obtained. If you’re unsure whether your property is a historic district, you can visit https://www.nyc.gov/site/lpc/designations/maps.page to find out more.
An easy trick is to see the street sign, if your street sign is brown, that means you’re in a historic district.
If it’s green, then you are in the clear and know it’s not in a historic district.

historic district street sign brown

4. Timing

If you waited until the last minute to do the work after receiving a violation and need to have the work rushed, then that will cost you more. Generally, contractors will work with you; however, same-week projects will incur an additional cost as their schedules need to be adjusted to accommodate your project with more urgency.

5. Curb Repairs & Corner Property

If you need curb repairs along your sidewalk, that can also increase the price to repair your sidewalk. In addition, if you are on a corner property, bubble ramps will need to be installed. These factors can affect the overall price of the project.

6. Tree Roots and Damage

If your sidewalk has damage from tree roots, you may or may not be eligible for NYC’s trees and sidewalks repair program, where the city may perform repairs for free for qualifying damaged sidewalks. There are certain restrictions, such as being a 1, 2 or 3-family home – if so, you can schedule an official inspection, and the city will determine if you’re eligible for this program.
If you are NOT eligible for this program, sidewalk repair contractors will handle the work for you and may adjust the pricing to handle the sidewalk repairs due to the tree.

If you’re looking to get your sidewalk repaired now or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today so we can discuss your project needs. With over 2,000 sidewalk repairs all over NYC, we’ve seen and heard it all and we’d be happy to help you.

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