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Replace Wood Retaining Wall with Concrete? #propertymanagement

We have a rental property (townhouse) with a wood retaining wall that keeps soil from sliding downhill from the property next door. The wall is at least 25 years old, and it is now leaning due to very heavy snowfall last winter. A contractor suggested using concrete blocks for the replacement, which would require less maintenance. Over time, wood rots, so we would save on maintenance. However, a concrete retaining wall is very expensive! Estimates range from $2,400 to $3,800! Two factors affecting our decision are:

  1. How long we plan to keep the rental property
  2. Whether the HOA architectural committee approve a concrete retaining wall

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