How Much It’d Cost to Repair the House Damage in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

updated Dec 13, 2020
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Clark Griswold can’t catch a break in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The 1989 holiday film stars Chevy Chase as the out-of-luck patriarch trying to plan the perfect Christmas for his family. Things go awry when relatives show up unannounced and holiday bonuses don’t come through, resulting in holiday hijinks and plenty of property damage along the way. So much property damage! This holiday season, renovation experts at Power Home Remodeling assessed just how much it would cost to repair the house damage today—and let’s just say it would require a lot more holiday bonuses on Clark’s part. 

Power Home Remodeling’s Michael DiMartino, senior vice president of installation services, and Eamon Lynch, director of warranty services, examined the damage done to the windows, circuit, gutter, and more throughout the course of the film to determine estimates. The windows alone—damaged from the Christmas tree and that S.W.A.T. team invasion—would cost an estimated $1,000 per window, equaling a whopping $10,000 since there are about 10 windows. The blown circuit, on the other hand, would cost an estimated $3,000 after Clark overloaded his outlet with various extension cords for Christmas lights, resulting in a power outage. 

Then there’s the gutter damage. When the Griswold patriarch fell off the roof while holiday decorating, he managed to grab onto the gutter to save himself—but not so much his wallet. The estimated cost to repair the gutter would be about $3,500—and this doesn’t even include labor costs. So far, the grand total is at $16,500. This doesn’t even take into account the ceiling repair after Clark fell through the attic (an estimated $305) and the front door replacement after S.W.A.T. broke through (about $4,000). With every single cost accounted for, the estimated grand total would be over $52,000. It’s a lot, and all the Jelly of the Month Club memberships in the world wouldn’t begin to scratch the surface. 

Scroll through the infographic above for a full breakdown of the cost repair. Spoiler alert: It’s stressful.