Cost of Retaining Walls

Item Buy Qty Low High
Material start qty $1054.66 $1766.56
Labor start qty $1344.74 $1632.31
Supplies, Tools $110.20 $127.50
Total   $2509.60 $3526.37

Finished Area 220 square feet

Material Contractor - economy grade

Labor Independent subcontractor

Site Conditions loose soil

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Retaining Walls - Pricing and Installation Cost Notes

Homewyse cost estimates are approximate ranges for basic work in typical conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for quotes from qualified vendors. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

  • Labor tasks - Excavate up to 0.3m/1ft below grade. Set and compact gravel base. Set and level base blocks. Install filter fabric between wall and soil. Stack interlocking, dry fit blocks to no more 8 courses high, including cap blocks. This estimate is for a NON-STRUCTURAL wall NO HIGHER THAN 1m/3ft above grade!
  • Retaining Wall cost estimates may require an onsite inspection. Usually these estimates will be "free". You should expect any estimate to be presented with an in-depth sales pitch/presentation.
  • The homewyse cost estimates include all typical costs for basic subsurface preparation for sturdy foundation, material layout and fabrication, and setting in exterior grade mortar.
  • Higher priced Retaining Walls may include features/attributes that include overspec'd wall foundation, material layout and fabrication, setting in exterior grade mortar with reinforcing bar and grouting.
  • The homewyse Retaining Wall cost estimates do not include costs for demolition / removal of existing hardscape or extensive cut and fill; does not include drainage system, wall cap or decorative finish components. This estimate is for a non-engineered retaining wall not to exceed 3' in height..
  • The variation in installation costs for complex configurations (non-rectangular shape, many corners, multiple levels, etc.) can be considerable. For accurate cost estimates, collect detailed bids from several qualified professionals.
  • Low to High labor cost range differences are in part due to variations in work load, job location and seasonal wage rates.
  • To maximize the payback of your Retaining Wall investment, use materials and installation quality appropriate for your home and neighborhood - but be careful not to over improve. Less expensive alternatives to Retaining Walls may provide a better return on investment.
  • Retaining Wall installation costs vary considerably by location. For an accurate estimate in your area, enter your zip code in the calculator above.
  • Reduce total project cost by having multiple vendors bid on the same, detailed work specification of your Retaining Wall project.

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