A retaining wall can be built on your property for several reasons. It can be used to hold back the hillside to protect a home. It can be used on either side of a driveway to keep dirt and debris from crashing over it. It can also be used to build an attractive barrier around a garden, a tree or other plants. Regardless of why the retaining wall is needed, it should be kept in mind that even a small wall is still a wall, after all. While some people might consider this to be a fairly easy project to undertake, some would find it overwhelming at the very least. Think of the following things when deciding if this is a do it yourself project or one you should hire out:
- Do you know how much and what kind of materials that you will need for this project?
- Do you know what kind of tools and equipment you will need? Do you have them? Will you have to rent them and will you know how to use them if you do?
- After the cost of materials and equipment rental is factored in, do you really save any money by doing this on your own?
Once you know that you will not be saving money with the project in the long run, it starts to make less and less sense to go ahead and do it yourself. You know that you will be endangering yourself and depending on the location of the retaining wall and its purpose, could be endangering your personal belongings as well. Think of the purpose of a retaining wall:
- It is meant to retain something, usually dirt and lots of it.
- It keeps the hillside from sliding away,
- It can serve to protect plants and trees from animals
- It can serve as a border around a garden
Hiring a retaining wall contractor should start with professional referrals from trusted members of the industry and should include a thorough interview so that you know exactly who you are dealing with and what to expect from the service you will get and the project at hand. Remember, having a wall built on your property, even a small one could require a building permit and an inspection when finished- things that you might not know on your own, but a professional would.