Yard leveling cost is roughly $110 to $190 per hour for a 3-person crew (manual leveling). Cost to regrade yard is roughly $1,500 to $2,000 per day for a 1-person crew and a machine with operator (machine grading).
The costs on this page represent a combination of 1) sample of costs provided to us by lawn contractors around the country and 2) research done by our staff. To get a more precise estimate, we recommend that you request a quote from a local yard leveling contractor near you.
Cost to regrade yard is roughly $1,500 to $2,000 per day for a 1-person crew and a machine with operator (machine grading). This is for larger yard drainage projects where a machine is required. These prices include a 1-person crew and a small skid steer/track loader with an operator.
Cost to regrade yard based on the number of days required (including machine and operator):
Cost to regrade yard for a 1/2 day project: $800 to $1,000.
Cost to regrade yard for a 1-day project: $1,500 to $2,000.
Cost to regrade yard for a 1.5-day project: $2,200 to $3,000.
Cost to regrade yard for a 2-day project: $3,000 to $4,000.
These estimates are rounded. Also, these costs are for labor and machine only. Materials such as soil and sod will be extra if needed.
There are many things to consider when you are planning your yard regrading project. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Methods Used to Prepare Yard Leveling Cost Estimates
Since every yard leveling project will be different, it is likely that a time and materials approach will be used to determine the estimate. The contractor will estimate the number of hours required and multiply that by their hourly rate. In addition, the contractor will estimate the amount of material (sod, dirt, gravel) that might be required to do the work. The sum of hourly rates and the materials rates equal the total cost. If you are interested finding out how much it will cost to regrade yard in your area, request a price quote.
Reasons for Lawn Grading Price Variances
Lawn grading contractors use a combination of methods to evaluate and price projects. They take several factors into consideration that impact the cost of the project, including:
Soil conditions. Normal soil conditions present fewer problems and are thus less expensive. Rocky conditions and hardpan conditions will increase the price.
Manual labor vs machine labor. Smaller projects that can be done by hand are typically less expensive than projects that require machines (skid steers or track loaders).
Trees. If trees need to be removed, that will increase the cost.
Materials. If you need to haul soil to the site or purchase sod, that will increase the cost.
Topography. This is a critical factor because often a primary reason to regrade a yard is to flow water in the correct direction. Difficult site conditions can add time and material.
Questions to Ask Your Lawn Leveling Contractor
Does the contractor have appropriate licensing?
Does the contractor have insurance (including workers compensation)?
Does the grading project require a permit? If so, will they obtain it on your behalf?
What type of machine will be used (if any)? You may want to ask about the weight and damage it could do to your driveway or areas that are not being worked on.
Will they reinstall sod or seed the area that was graded or leveled?
Will they provide a guarantee that the water will flow properly away from your house and to the desired location?