How Much Does It Cost to Repair Window Blinds?

Typical Range:

$77 - $171

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Updated October 27, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Blind repair costs can range between $77 and $171, with an average cost of $117. Some fixes are simple and suited to homeowners with basic home improvement skills—such as replacing the pull cord or valance blind clip—and only cost parts and your time. However, if you need a more complex repair, such as replacing brackets or repairing the tilt mechanism, you may need to hire a handyperson. In that case, your project cost will fall at the upper end of the range.

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National Average $117
Typical Range $77 - $171
Low End - High End $49 - $300

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 3,532 HomeAdvisor members.

Window Blind Part Prices

Parts for window blinds start at around $8 for a basic multipack of standard window blind clips or a new blind pull. A replacement blind motor or window blind retrofit motor kit costs up to $180 without installation.

Window Blind Repair Costs Near Me

Because parts are inexpensive, you’ll mostly be paying for labor to fix or install new blinds. Therefore, how much it costs to repair blinds can depend on where you live. Below is a breakdown of average costs across the U.S.

City Average Cost
Los Angeles $119
Denver $88
Chicago $96
Minneapolis $94
New York $179
Portland, OR $73
Dallas $132
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Location and Labor Costs

If it's a simple fix you can do yourself, it costs nothing to repair your blinds, apart from some of your time and necessary parts. For example, if you need to add a new cord pull, clip in a damaged slat, or change a broken clip, you can tackle this project in less than an hour with minimal know-how.

However, if the fix is more complex, you'll need to hire a handyperson near you to get the job done right. A handyperson costs around $55 to $75 per hour, and they usually have a minimum call-out fee. Therefore, even if the job takes only 20 minutes, you'll still pay for at least an hour or two of their time. Most window blind repair jobs take less than 3 hours.

Window Blind Repair Costs by Blind Type

Types of window blinds vary by cost and quality, and so do the repair costs for each. In some instances, the repair is impractical. For example, the cost to replace lower-end blinds is sometimes less than the cost of repairing them. 

Similarly, repairing isn't viable for blinds such as pleated or Roman types, where the shade consists of a single piece of fabric. If the fabric tears, stains, or is otherwise irrevocably damaged, the attempted repair would be noticeable, making replacement the best option.

Let's look at the most common types of residential window blinds and how much it costs to repair them—or replace them when a repair isn't practical.

Blind Type Cost Range Average Cost
Cellular $10 – $110 $60
Cordless $8 – $135 $72
Motorized $10 – $480 $245
Panel $20 – $300 $160
Pleated $8 – $125 $67
Roller $8 – $140 $74
Roman $10 – $130 $70
Shoji $20 – $160 $90
Solar $20 – $120 $70
Venetian $10 – $215 $113
Vertical $8 –$115 $62

Cost to Repair Window Blinds by Repair Type

Different blind problems require specific solutions, and the cost varies considerably between each.

Damaged Slats

Replacing a damaged slat costs $10 to $35 per slat for the materials. The type of blind material and the length of the slat determines how much you'll pay for a replacement. Budget-friendly vinyl, bamboo, and aluminum are all inexpensive to replace, while wood, leather, and some fabrics carry a higher price tag per slat.

If you don't want to perform the repair yourself, you'll need to hire a window blind specialist, adding $55 to $75 to the project total. This is assuming a minimum call-out charge of one hour.

Loss of Tilt

A replacement tilt mechanism costs about $8 to $20. If your blind refuses to tilt, it's likely the tilt mechanism is no longer functioning. If this is the case, you'll need to replace this usually inexpensive part located inside the headrail. While this is a reasonably straightforward fix if you have some basic skills and experience, it's best to hire a pro if you're not confident in your abilities—in which case, add at least an hour's worth of labor to the project cost.

Lift Cord Damage

Replacing a blind lift cord costs $10 to $30 for the re-stringing material. If the cord is damaged and your blind won't rise or fall smoothly (or at all), then it most likely needs re-stringing. While this task is simple, it's time-consuming and can go wrong if you don't follow the original lift cord path. So, while you can complete this repair yourself, it's a better option to hire a local window blind repair pro, which will add between one to three hours of labor to the final price.

Vertical Blind Carrier Clip Replacement

Vertical track carrier replacement costs $8 to $100 for materials, depending on how many carrier clips you need, the quality you opt for, and whether you need the carrier clips with stems or without. If you also need to replace the headrail, plan to spend another $30 to $70. If you want professional help, you'll need to budget for at least an hour of labor to hire a vertical blind specialist near you.

Motor Replacement

Electrical blind motor repair or replacement costs $70 to $200 for the motor and labor. Motor replacement is the most costly type of blind repair and one of the most time-consuming, so you'll need to allow for up to three hours of labor.

Window Blind Repair Cost Factors

Aside from those outlined above, a few different factors impact the cost of repairing window blinds.

Warranty

If you have custom blinds or high-end premade ones, check the paperwork, as some come with a 5- or 10-year warranty or even a lifetime or limited-lifetime warranty. Check the warranty terms to see if it includes labor and parts. If the warranty covers the repair, it won't cost you anything. 

Repair vs. Replacement

Although there are some instances where repair isn't possible—such as when a single-piece roller blind has torn fabric that's beyond repair—it can be challenging at other times to decide if you should repair or replace a blind. And this decision has a big impact on the project cost.

Consider how much the blinds originally cost and whether the repair price would extend the life of the blinds enough that it's worth it. For example, if a $20 roller blind costs $10 to $20 to repair, you may save money by buying a new blind. On the other hand, if you've got custom blinds, which tend to be comparatively costly, a repair is usually a smart choice as it'll extend the life of the blinds without the expense of a full replacement.

DIY vs. Hiring a Window Blind Pro

Replacing a cord pull, tilt wand, or simple slat are all straightforward jobs you can complete yourself with minimal know-how. However, for complex repairs and electric blinds, hiring a pro is a smarter option to avoid ruining the blinds and having to pay for replacements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you re-string blinds yourself?

Yes, you can re-string blinds yourself as long as you have the time and patience. It should only take a couple of hours and about $10 to $30 for a blind string or blind string replacement kit. Have a tape measure, scissors, and pliers on hand. You’ll need to pay close attention to the path of the existing cord so you can replicate it.

Can you replace just one vertical blind slat?

Yes, you can replace just one vertical blind slat, and it’s reasonably easy to do yourself. Purchase a replacement slat that matches your existing one (check for size and color). Then remove the broken slat from the clips, and slot in the new one. Doing this repair yourself will cost less than what you would spend on brand-new vertical blinds. 

How do I know if my blinds need to be repaired or replaced?

How much you paid for your original blinds and where they came from will significantly influence whether you choose to repair or replace them. For example, it may cost more and take longer to disassemble, ship them back to the manufacturer, and reinstall them versus getting new ones.

You should consider replacing blinds when slats or fabric are damaged, as it may be challenging to find a single replacement that matches the existing blinds. Furthermore, extensive damage may mean replacing them is less costly than repairing them.