Building a retaining wall with a fence attached can be a tricky project.
What type of wall?
What type of fence?
Will the retaining wall require a council approval?
Will the combination of fence and retaining wall attract a relaxation?
These are all questions that need to be asked and answered before the project is started. Consider that there are many combinations of fence/retaining wall constructions. Not all are suited to every situation and all should be considered. If you are considering such a project make sure your contractor can quote more than one option i.e:-
-timber fence / concrete sleeper
-timber fence / timber sleeper
-colour bond fence / concrete sleeper
-colour bond fence / block wall
-powder coated aluminium / block wall
and so on.
Make sure the contractor you choose is licensed with the QBCC to perform the works. Make sure that the contractor is aware of the relevant legislation regarding the construction of fence/retaining wall constructions. If you do your homework you should end up with a successful project that will add value to your property for years to come.
Answer these questions
-Are they licensed?
-Are they properly insured?
-How long have they been in business?
-Do they have references?
-Where/when can you see their portfolio?
-Is there a guarantee on their workmanship?
-Will there be a contract for the work?
-What is their scope of works?
Answer these questions and then you only have to consider the rapport you have with the landscape contractor and settle on a price.
If you can’t answer the above questions and you decide to use the contractor anyway you could well end up with inferior work, costly repair bills or just no back up service if something goes wrong later on. The “cheap” price you settled on can often become an expensive and embarrassing mistake. Not only do you need to pay to have the job done again you will also need to explain to the new contractor how you were taken for a ride in the first place!!
Remember that it is the client’s responsibility to ensure that the contractor is licensed and insured. If you fail to do so you leave yourself open to the full cost of any repair bills that are incurred. The contractor is obliged to provide their license number when asked so make sure you ask.
If you follow the steps and answer the questions you are more likely to have an enjoyable and productive landscaping experience, with a quality landscaper