How Much Does It Cost To Regrade A Lawn?
An improper slope of your lawn can result in significant damage to the foundation of your house. Unfortunately, repairing foundations is not cheap. Furthermore, an undesirable slope can cause other problems such as areas of grass that are difficult to maintain, damage to paths or sidewalks and unwanted puddles in the yard and driveway. Resloping or regrading a yard fixes all these issues. Continue reading to see all grading costs, as well as why regarding a yard is so important.
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Table of Contents
- Cost to Regrade Yard
- Yard Regrading Cost Factors
- Why Regrade Yard
- When to Regrade Yard
- Regrading Timeline
- What to Do Before Reslope Project
- How to Regrade A Backyard
- Find A Pro
Cost to Regrade Yard
The average cost to regrade a yard is $1,528. Most homeowners reported paying between $1,019 and $1,570 to have this type of work done by a landscaping professional. The lowest price paid for regrading a lawn was $100, while the greatest was $4,500.
As you can imagine, the extent of your yard and whether or not you choose to hire a pro can largely affect the final price. If an extreme slope needs to be reduced or created, this will cost more than a small adjustment of the lawn's slope. While landscape pros are expensive, they have the necessary machinery and the experience to fix even the direst of backyards.
Yard Regrading Cost Factors
The cost factors mentioned above are two of many that can alter your yard regrading price. While the below issues can influence the total price, just know that the extent of the damage and professional help decision will play the biggest role in determining your overall land grading cost.
The cost factors include:
- Quality & Characteristics of Soil
- Size of Yard
- Erosion Control
- Land Assessment
- Extent of Damage
- DIY or Hire A Pro
Quality of Soil
The quality and characteristics of the soil will play a major role in the cost of resloping a lawn. For obvious reasons, a thick, compacted, heavy or rocky soil will cost more to reslope than loose soil. Not only do you or your professional have to remove the rocks and other random debris around the foundation, but very dense yards require large equipment. Large equipment includes bulldozers or dump trucks. People who are unfamiliar with the either tool, as not many homeowners are, may cause additional damage to underground pipes or the landscaping. If you accidently hit a pipe or water line, you just brought yourself a very expensive repair bill.
Size of Yard
To no surprise, a larger yard requires more soil to replace. More material means longer project timelines. All in all, your yard regrading project will cost more if have a larger house or own a larger plot of land.
Soil is not like cement in the fact that just because you put it somewhere, that doesn’t mean it will stay for years to come. Any time you dig into the ground and put it somewhere else, you run the risk of having erosion issues. As such, landscaping pros install braces or metal edging to keep the soil exactly where it should be. Another erosion control tactic is to plant living rooting plants. No matter what route you or your landscaping professional take, erosion control measures can increase the cost of your yard resloping project.
Whenever you alter public property or that of your neighbors, a licensed surveyor is needed. When it comes to regrading, slope alterations could affect a neighboring property or public land. In fact, in most cases of major lawn resloping projects, a professional assessment by a licensed surveyor may be needed.
Landscapers are not surveyors, so separate pros need to come in. While the average land survey cost is $438, sloping assessments tend to be less, coming in closer to $200.
Extent of Damage
All land grading projects were not created equal. If your foundation has already taken a hit or if you waited to fix your sloped yard for some time, more work is necessary to not only prevent further damage, but bring your house up to code.
Additionally, heavily damaged yards usually require more soil. If extra soil needs to be brought in to reslope, the total project cost will increase. In fact, the average cost to deliver soil, mulch or rocks is $645.
DIY or Hire A Pro
Many landscaping projects are not difficult, but almost all are time-consuming. Furthermore, to shorten the process, many require specific equipment. While a lawnmower is readily available at your local Home Depot, bulldozers are not so common.
Therefore, most homeowners hire professional landscapers to regrade their yards. The overall sloping cost will go up (average is $1,444 with a pro), but you can rest assured knowing the project was done right. Improper sloping could not only worsen the issue, but damage other areas of your landscape as well.
Why Regrade Yard
When it comes to owning a home, “foundation repairs” is never a phrase you want to hear. Best-case scenario, foundations repairs cost $3,600, but more often than not, the bill will exceed our average. As you read above, sloped yards can damage your foundation. Therefore, it’s imperative that you regrade your yard as soon as you suspect an issue.
Furthermore, less severe issues can arise as well. Poorly sloped landscapes can damage your patio/deck, pathways and grass near the home. It also tends to form puddles around the house, making it much more difficult maintain your yard. While these issues may not sound serious, just know that the longer you put off repairs, the worse your yard can get.
When to Regrade Yard
Just because you see puddles surrounding your home doesn’t mean you need to call a landscaping pro. Most building codes say the ground around your house can’t drop more than two to three inches every 10 feet. Yes, this takes a lot of digging, but 10 minutes of hard work is well worth the money you could save by not having to hire a regrading specialist.
If you investigate and find that your yard is only sloping one to two inches, go out and buy some soil. Add to the areas you think accumulate the most water or add however much soil you need to make sure the yard leads water away from the foundation and not towards it.
The length of your grading project will depend on the severity. Clearly, if you DIY and the problem is small enough, adding new soil doesn’t take longer than one afternoon.
However, if you hire a pro, you’re a prisoner to their schedule. During the busy season, some landscapers are booked weeks ahead. Moreover, if your resloping project is complex or requires heavy machinery, the total project timeline could take one week.
Given their hectic schedules and the risks involved with your foundation, do not delay your lawn regrading project.
What to Do Before Reslope Project
Digging into the ground can be dangerous. After all, if you hit an important power line, you could knock out electricity for the entire block. Therefore, before digging in your yard, you should always contact your local utility companies to have pipelines and underground wires marked.
Furthermore, check local building codes for proper permits and slopes. Going to your local building department is never ideal, but better safe than sorry.
Finally, if you ever thought about installing a home irrigation system, now is the time to do it. You might as well with large holes throughout the yard.
How to Regrade A Backyard
While hiring a professional landscaper is recommended for larger reslope projects, some homeowners take an initial stab at it. If you want to DIY, please see a limited agenda below.
- Identify the cause of the issue
- Locate utility or sewer lines (can contact city to mark)
- Determine your slope
- Alter your slope
- Measure new slope
For the complete list and step-by-step process, please see Drainage Solution: How to Regrade.
Find A Pro
With any home remodeling project, you’re completing the work to either reward yourself or minimize risk. Regrading a yard certainly falls in the latter. While it’s not sexy, failing to fix your sloped yard brings about a foundation risk you don’t want to have.
If you think your yard needs professional regrading help, click here and connect with up to four local landscaping pros for free.
Last updated on Apr 25, 2016
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