Cost to repair shifted, leaning retaining walls?

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Posted by: from Toronto
6/27/2015 at 12:29:20 PM


I'm looking to buy a house but the inpspection report said the driveway retaining walls have shifted and now lean. I wanted to know if this is a costly process to repair before buying this house.

If you could help me with this, and let me know, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


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Date/Time6/27/2015 at 6:09:35 PM

Hi Alisha,

It's too hard to know based on your lack of information. Are these retaining walls structurally holding your driveway up? Are they only decorative borders for the driveway? How high are they? How long is the driveway or the retaining walls?

If they are not for structural purposes, then don't let the report stop you from buying the house. Your best option would be to call and have someone look at them.


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Date/Time6/27/2015 at 10:17:46 PM

Hi Alisha,

I think Mike gave you the right answer. Retaining wall repairs will probably run into the thousands, depending on the materials, height, access, application, etc. The wall has to be torn down, the material behind it removed, a new base or foundation put in, drainage, rebuild,and then backfill and repair the surface to original. That being said, it is certainly doable. If you love the house, get a couple of quotes and get the house price adjusted.

Good luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman

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Maika in Toronto
Date/Time8/14/2015 at 5:26:55 AM

The cost will depend on the size of the house.

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Date/Time7/19/2016 at 1:07:02 PM


I would suggest you make a picture of this problem and then call different companies for a quote. It would take you maybe a day or two to get rough estimates for you to have a clear idea.

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