National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Would you do this project? According to our survey, 56% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.
The average price to Build a Retaining Wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.
What does it cost to build a retaining wall? A landscape contractor charges $1,219 to build a retaining wall or do it yourself for $501 and save 58 percent.
Today, there are a variety of choices when it comes to choosing a retaining wall to hold back runoff in a terraced area. Those made of concrete are particularly popular because they are easy to use and come in a nice selection of natural shades and a variety of shapes and textures that enhance a landscape.
Stacking concrete blocks with an interlocking lip or tongue-and-groove systems are a good choice especially if this is your first landscaping project. But it’s tough work that takes time and involves laying out the design, digging a trench for the blocks, and hauling all the materials, including the blocks, soil, or pea gravel used for backfill.
For a 30-foot square concrete block retaining wall, a landscaper will charge $1,219 which includes labor and material. You can buy the materials for $501 and do it yourself and save 58 percent.
If more than one level and terracing are needed, and if soil erosion is an issue, consider hiring a landscape architect to design the project. Specify you want to use materials designed for a do-it-yourselfer, and get recommendations for the type of plantings to use. Large garden and lawn centers often offer this service if you buy the materials there for a nominal fee.
To help you estimate the materials for a wall project use the calculator at www.versa-lok.com.
The materials to build a retaining wall system can be heavy and bulky to transport. Unless you have a pickup truck it’s a good idea to have the supplier deliver and unload them near the job site in your yard.
The average price to build a retaining wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.