How Much Does Leveling a Yard Cost?

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Leveling a yard, often referred to as yard grading, will be performed to remove lumps, bumps and unsightly hills in a yard, creating a level surface.

Oftentimes, this unlevel surface can create serious foundation damage because the yard isn’t draining the way it should.

The price for leveling a yard depends on several factors such as the contractor, the size of the yard, the type of soil, geographical location and complexity of the job.


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How much is it?

Type of JobAverage Costs
Hiring a professional with heavy equipment$75 to $175 per hour / $500 to $1,200 per day at a minimum.
Manual labor with a landscaping service$35 to $75 per hour
DIY Rental$100 to $250 for Bobcat-like tractor with attachment
Additional topsoil for filling$8 to $20+ per cubic foot

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  1. Rena paid $0 and said:

    You can basically do all of this yourself and save money. There are several companies out there that help you

    Was it worth it? No

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