Originally Posted by Randell Tarin
If you can grade your yard by hand, that will be your most affordable option. However, if you can afford the dirt, add material to create the grade you want then re-turf.
Looks like the last thing he needs is MORE material. The grade is already too high at the house, there should be a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of foundation showing between the finished grade and that bottom course of siding. I would suggest removing dirt to establish grade for drainage. Regrading an entire yard by hand is pretty labor intensive. If you have egress, it may be worth hiring a Bobcat for a few hours. Have him bring over a few yards of sand, so that after he does the cutting, he can at least deposit the sand around for you, and you can do the finish grading by hand if you desire. Some of the Home Depots have rental centers, where you can rent a small stand on "mini Bobcat" for DIY projects (about $160/day in my area), but you need somewhere to dispose of the removed materials.
BY the time you pay for machine rental, pay someone to deliver some sand, and most likely pay to have the excess removed material hauled away, it is probably more effective to hire one guy with a truck and machine for everything.