-Find top-rated Service Providers

Find Top-Rated Nashville Excavators

Angie's List helps you hire the best - and avoid the rest!

Excavators to Avoid


Top Rated Excavators


Prevent buyer's remorse with us

  • Over 3 million people trust Angie's List to help make the right choice
  • Be informed to avoid costly mistakes
  • Shop with us to ensure a fair price
  • Our complaint resolution team will help if a project goes bad
+See Verified Local Reviews

Over 1,955 reviews for
Nashville Excavators from people just like you.

"We needed someone to dig some rocks out of where we are having a pool built. We called
the night of the 2nd and he said that he should be" able to come out in the morning to take a look. At 9am I called to see when he would be coming by and he said he would be at the house at 11am. At 12:30 I called again and he said he was 2 minutes away. He never showed up. No Call....No Show.... Very unprofessional.

-Sharon B.

"I first contacted
after receiving an Angie's List "Big Deal" email from this company. I purchased the big deal special" and was soon contacted by a representative from the company. We set up an appointment to work up a landscaping scheme for my yard. He explained what they do and that they specialized sustainable eco-friendly landscaping. The first thing that I wanted done was to have several trees removed from the property. A couple were nearly dead and a couple were threatening to the house if by
a severe storm (like the ones we have had as of late) were to knock these trees into my house. Anyway, I was given an estimate that included cutting the trees down, removal of the debris, and patching up/ cleaning up after work is completed. The estimate seemed fair and they began work a few days after that. All of the workers were courteous and friendly. It took all of 2 and a half days to get the trees down and carted off. It took another few days to to finalize the stump grinding and yard cleaning etc.. They made great efforts to make sure that everything was back to normal and as polished as possible. I am looking forward to working with further in the future for the rest of the landscaping...

-christopher B.

+Join 2 Million People on Angie's List

Over 2 million people trust Angie's List.

  • Your Membership Includes:
  • Instant access to top rated businesses covering 700+ services
  • Our Complaint Resolution Team to help when a project goes bad
  • On-the-go access to our iPhone, Android, & iPad apps
Find top-rated Service Providers
See Verified Local Reviews
Join 2 Million People on Angie's List

Local Articles in Nashville

Hiring an Excavator

There are a number of reasons why homeowners need a professional to excavate their yard, concrete or around their foundation. In this guide to hiring an excavator, we'll dig into what situations require someone to do excavation work, what to look for when hiring an excavator, what you should do before you dig, alternatives to excavation, costs to excavate on your property and scams to avoid.

Angie's List
Basement Waterproofing, Excavating, Gutter Cleaning, Handymen, Home Inspection, Housecleaning

Mold remediation companies offer advice on how to prevent and fight mold in your home.

Angie's Answers


Short answer - yes it is possible. However, generally you are looking at major $, and a lot of workers tracking dirt up and down the basement stairs unless you have (or can easily add) an outside basement door.

You would need a General Contractor as well as a foundation specialist if you use a General, who will handle permits, minor electrical, plumbing, and drywall repair issues even though most of the heavy work may be done by the foundation specialist subcontractor. If you go the lift beam method, then it might be a house mover doing the lifting, then the General and normal trades handling the rest.

When a house is built with a part basement and part crawl space, the footer (the concrete strip support pad the foundation wall is bonded to with rebar and sits on) typically sits a foot or two below the basement slab. Then, to save money, they "step-up" the footer to a shallower depth for the crawl space. This means that to deepen the crawl space to full depth, you also have to deepen the foundation. It is very rare to put in full depth foundation all around, then backfill part of it to crawlspace depth - if you have gone to the trouble of full depth foundation all around, why not pour a slab and sell the additional basement footage too ? See if you can come up with the builder's plans p they will show you what the footer does.

Deepening the crawl space to full depth is commonly done in one of two ways for residential jobs (there are several more sophisticated methods such as pin piles used on large or very tricky commercial jobs, or on historic buildings with weak foundations and walls) -

1) by carefully excavating the crawl space to the new footer depth (say about 5-8 feet below ground level, depending on whether you have a daylight or full basement) bit by bit along the foundation (3-5 feet at a time, typically), usually tearing out the existing foundation for that section while temporarily support the existing wall and joists, then pouring a new concrete footer and foundation wall up to the bottom of the house beams. Occasionally, they will be able to leave the existing wall and pour the new foundation up to and connect to the bottom of it. Then you move on and do another section the same way, so you are incrementally removing dirt, building a new wall section, then moving on. This is quite expensive because of the limited work space and difficulty of getting materials in and waste dirt and old foundation materials out, and the slow progress due to having to wait for concrete to set before you can buid the wall on the footer, and before you can move on to the next section.

2) by cutting slots in the existing crawl space walls and sliding heavy steel beams through  crossways under the floor joists and picking up the weight of the section of the house over the crawl space on jacks, elevating it about 1/2 inch above the existing foundation, all at one time. Then they can remove the existing crawl space foundation and all the dirt all at once, and pour a new footer and pour or lay a new foundation up to the bottom of the walls, then lower the house back onto it and pull out the support beams.

Either way, because of the restricted work space and waitingon concrete setting, the excavation and new foundation will cost about 2-4 times as much as one done outdoors. Therefore, while this type of job is done on occasion, a contractor's or architect's estimate usually shows that you can build a totally new one story extension or Florida room for not an exorbitant amount more, and that new space is worth a lot more to most homeowners, and certainly to a new buyer, than basement space.

As one example, we had two neighbors years ago who had the numbers run by an architect, and for one the estimate was only 30% more to build a large Florida room than to reclaim a crawl space about 1/3 smaller in floor area. For the other they could get the foundation and rough framing (without siding, roof, or interior) for a basement-less new addition the same size for the same price as digging out the crawl space. For this reason, when crawl space expansion is done on a residence, it is usually a do-it-yourself job (and you have to be pretty experienced to do it right).

One other factor of significance if you dig out the crawl space is all the utilities (wiring, pipes, ducts, etc) have to be checked to see that there is freedom of movement at the interface between the area over the crawl space and the rest of the house, as there is bound to be a little bit of movement between them. It is also almost inevitable that there will be minor non-structural cracking and slight separation of plaster or drywall walls and ceilings at the junction area over the first couple of years afer construction. Nailed-down hardwood flooring and vinyl near the interface can also buckle, though "floating" laminate floors are usually OK. Of course, if the contractor is incompetent or inexperienced, serious damage to the house can result, particularly if the foundation collapses while he is digging.

Therefore, I would not recommend this route except for a very expensive house (as in building a wine cellar or safe room), a historic house where additions are prohibited, or one the owners just love and intend to live in for many more decades but do not have land space for an addition. I would put the money into an addition if you need the additional space and have the land.

Well the fact is he is going to have to pull permits which means it has to be inspected before he is done, you also have to consider the equiptment that he has to bring out to the jobsite to do the job and the man power plus materials, it's costly, but I am not from your area so if you are unsure call another company out and see what they say.
Don't tell them what the other company said as far as price.

It is almost certain that you will have to modify the foundation to make it deeper too - and that is MAJOR structural work.


You need a civil/geotechnical engineering firm with experience in foundation rehab and putting in basements under existing homes to design the process and prepare and seal the plans and specifications, which you will need before you can get a building permit for this. They will also be able to help you select either a foundation excavation or a house moving and jacking company to do the actual work for you.


The engineer can also help you with a cost estimate - because I think you will be surprised how much this is going to cost. I have designed or managed quite a few such jobs, from highrise buildings to homes, and even the smallest houses of about 600SF footprint ran at least $15,000, and generally house basement excavations run more like $25-40,000 unless the foundation was originally designed for it but for some reason the basement was never put in, which is VERY rare except in very deep frost areas were footings are occasionally deep enough to allow a basement to be dug without deepening them. I worked on a couple back east that ran about $100,000 each because they were old 2-story brick buildings, which are very sensitive to differential movements - probably like yours.


A couple of other factors to consider is that in doing this you are likely to get at least some minor drywall cracking and door and window jamming, and be sure the contractor is insured and bonded to the hilt and for the potential rebuild value of the house, not just the job cost, because a major mistake can turn your house into a teardown. Not common, but the less experienced the contractor the more likely he is to do something dramatically wrong, and at the same time the smaller and less experienced contractors generally have lower coverages so your risks is compounded in two ways. With a row home you have the added risk of damaging adjacent units.


One thing to consider cost wise before you go ahead - I have worked a couple of jobs where it turned out cheaper and far safer to scrap the digging in a basement idea and put in an addition with same footprint instead. However, looking back I see you are in a row home, so that is likely not going to work. However, being in a row home, especially if on the Potomac flats south or east of the capital area, the soil conditions are generally the pits once you get off the Georgetown heights, so putting a basement under a rowhome without disturbing the other ones is VERY difficult and pricey - I would be surprised if you could do it for less than $100,000.

One other factor is utilities - one of the first things to do is check depth to any utilities like sewer lines, the Metro, etc - if you are over one of those that could well put your project totally out of the frame of reality.


You asked for a recommendation - one who specializes in this type of work that I would recommend, though your job might well be too small size for them - but they might be able to give you an engineer and contractor recommendation if so. Company name is Schnabel Foundation Company in Sterling Va and Bethesda, MD in your area - website www.schnabel.com. They could handle both the engineering and construction.

If the windows are being put in by a general contractor, he can easily handle the window wells too. If you were looking for a window installer to do the windows, they might or might not do the window wells as well - some do, some do not. A small one-man excavation company can do this excavation, as can a handyman as it just takes about 1/2-1 hour shovel work per window in normal soil conditions, because the soil around the foundation is already pretty loose from foundation constructiuon (as a rule). Just be sure they pour concrete in the bottom to keep water from coming under the well, and that it is firmly fastened to the foundation and liberally asphalt sealed at the interface with the concrete - not just caulked at the edge, but mastic-coated on cleaned concrete BEFORE the window well in installed and concrete poured in the bottom. (Note - the concrete depends on soil conditions and water level - if your soil is pretty free draining and groundwater level never comes up to bottom of window well, then a gravel bed in the bottom is best so it stays dry - but if groundwater rises that high or you are in real impermeable soil like clay, then concrete works best. If concrete bottom is used, you probably want to have the clear acrylic window well cover put on too to keep water and frogs and such out. Of course, if this is an emergency egress window, you cannot put the plastic covers over it legally.

Wow - from way general to totally specific - nice job, you have your scope of work almost ready to contact potential bidders about giving a bid - just need to double check each item hads quantities attached to it, plus a plan with depths (or specify tie-in elevations to existing pipe and required drain/pipe slopes - say 1% or more). Search the List (in green banner bar) for Earthwork and Excavation contractors in your area with good reviews and ratings.

here is a very rough idea of costs - obviously you need bids to tie it down, this should just give you a ballpark to compare to - assuming all this work is done at the same time.

1) & 2) - Tree and rock maybe $100 - more like $200 if you want the stump totally rooted out rather than just the stump and root crown taken out.

3) Walk removal and disposal probably about $100-200 - maybe half if these are 3-4 inch individual concrete squares or rectangles that can be skidded to the side, the excavation and ground sloping done, then slid back into place with a backhoe or bobcat or by wood skids and prybar, eliminating the hauling and disposal cost.

4) Excavation and disposal of soil probably about $20-30/CY, because you are talking a small quantity. Cheaper if you have an on-site area it can be spread out onsite for disposal, or stockpiled in yard as a future project dirt pile, if that is suitable.

5) You don't say what the existing drain is - underground drain for downspouts maybe ? For shallow burial, probably about $5/LF or so. Why square - round is cheaper and far stronger for given material thickness.

6) Fence R&R probably about $150-200, depending on depth of posts and whether concreted in or not.

7) vegetation removal - not knowing how much, $100-200

8) Garden wall around $10-12/SF assuming excavated material from yard is suitable for the general backfill - remember should go 4-12 inches below grade for stability (4" for this wall, more like 6-12 for higher front wall)

Front/side yard:

1) Move large boulder - $50-100

2) vegetation removal and relocate 3 shrubs - $150-300 (not knowing how much vegetation orhow big shrubs are)

3) excavation at $20-30/CY again as above

4) sprinkler system relocate/repair - $75-150

5) garden wall around $12-15/SF as above including concrete footer needed for this height wall

6) area drain laterals about $5-10/LF, assuming not over 3 feet deep

7) slab drainage - I don't know where the quick lime idea came from, but this is a no-go - it will remove a small amount of water (maybe 5-20 gallons) from the soil one-time - it has no long term function as it will quickly become saturated. You are actually likely to have 5 wet circles in your concrete slab from this forever, as the lime will act as a soggy sponge, retaining water that would otherwise wick away. If you have or expect a basement slab moisture problem, then you need a sump pump with sump installed, and possibly (depending on how free-draining the base material under your slab is to carry waer to the sump pump) lateral drains cut in below the perimeter of the slab. Can run from $800-1500 range for a pump and pit depending on capacity and wiring situation, plus $500-1000 for an emergency battery-powered backup if desired. $1000-2500 range typically if lateral drains around the perimeter of the slab are necessary. Cheaper but sloppier and moisture-causing solution is small trenches or above-slab channels to carry the water to sump pump. These laterals are commonly held off on till you see if the sump pump can handle the issue itself, ASSUMING you have unfinished basement so a bit of seepage aroundbthe slab does no more damage than needing a mopping up. Personally, unless you have a continual seepage of water into basement or it is finished so leakage is critical, I would leave sump pump and drains for later - to see if your surface drainage changes eliminates the basement dampness problem, which it commonly does unless your water table rises to the basement slab level. Also, having a sump pump implies water issues and tolls against any future buyer finishing an unfinished basement, so it detracts from resale value if you have one.

Note these are off-the-cuff type numbers, NOT any sort of deliberate estimate - but I felt it was better to give you a ballpark than to just say go get estimates. Except for the floor drains, this sounds like a good job for a small 1-3 man excavation and hauling company, but make sure they have experience in putting in drain pipe and block walls and have good references in that area.

Note- if you are inclined to do it yourself work and have the time, most of this is good homeowner home improvement project material. You could have a contractor with a bobcat or small tractor with small backhoe come and pull the fence posts out (you could remove the above-ground apart easily), trench for the pipes, maybe move the rocks and sidewalk (though you could do that yourself with a few scraps of wood as skids and a 5 foot prybar assuming the walk is in piece, not continuously reinforced, and to do the bulk excavation and hauling for you, leaving the vegetation clearing, pipe work, trench backfilling, final slope dressing, block wall building, transplanting, etc to you - could cut your cost about 1/3-1/2. Basement slab drainage I consider a separate issue which would not cost significantly different if done as part of this job, or later if drainage channels or slab french drains are deemed necessary.

For the excavation - remember to get utility locates - I recommend once for bidding so they know where utilities are, then require the bidder to get relocates just before excavation starts. Gas, telephone, cable TV are commonly less than a foot down - water and sewer usually 3 feet or more but don't count on it. Also worry about septic system is you have that, and any power or water lines to/from well if you have a well. Plus of course your sprinkler system if in the way of proposed excavation.

Good Luck with your project


Excavating reviews in Nashville


Working with
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
was a very pleasant experience. I couldn't make up my mind where I wanted my master closet door and walls. They were re-framed three times. The same for the laundry room. The same for the door on the half bathroom. I wanted a corner sink in the half bathroom and they worked with my budget and offered ideas and suggestions all along the way to make what I wanted fit what I had to spend. They took my concerns and my random change of mind very well. Every crew that worked on this project was very family friendly. I never felt as though my family was around questionable characters. They didn't smoke inside, they didn't curse, they cleaned up after themselves, they were always neat, never had a negative word to say about the work or their boss. Absolutely I would use this company again, in fact I have several times and will only use them.
- Zach A.

Overall it went very smooth.
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
is easy to work with. If anything needs to be fixed or corrected, he has no problems with that. He let's you pretty much run your show. I looked at another retro-bathroom
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
had completed in the Crieve Hall area, and it was beautiful. I also had
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
do a retro-bathroom redo to match the esthetic's of the 1959 home I bought.
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
is slow though, so if you are in a hurry, this contractor won't do for you. I wasn't using my half bath, so speed didn't much matter to me. I would trade speed for peace of mind any day. I have worked with other contractors and
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
was so much easier and did better work. If speed is of no concern, he is budget friendly. Destruction of the 1/2 bath started in September 07 and reconstruction was finished in January 08. Not bad given there were three holidays in between.

Roto-Rooter came out and gave me an estimate said it would cost $4,100 and could go up if it was deeper/more serious than they thought. I called
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
based on Angie's List and they came out the same day. They quoted $1,100 and guaranteed they'd fix the problem without increasing the price. They had to wait for a dry day, since it involved digging 8 feet down, but a few weeks later, they did just as they said! They promised to clear my drain for free in case it stopped up while I was waiting for the digging to begin. My drain is fixed for 25% of what it would have cost me otherwise! Then they helped me tear down a shed in my back yard that I'd been wanting to get rid of, FOR FREE!
- Travis W.

He came in with a bobcat and charged by the hour. They took an hour and half lunch, which I had to pay for. I was very unhappy about it and he would not listen to my concerns on the issue. I am really not sure if I would hire him again.

Because of their great service, I will of course continue to call on them for major renovations, emergency repairs and tenant/re-sell punch lists. They have never let me down and I know I can trust them.
- Joel H.

We recruited
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
to be the starting player on our home's renovation team at the very beginning of our
project planning, because their reputation built them as being licensed and qualified for all phases and all areas of our project, from the demolition, to the rough-in of electric and plumbing, framing, interior finish, deck building, fence building, window and door installation, tile installation, flooring installation, and all the custom interior finish. We remained confident and satisfied with them through the entire project. They cleaned up very well after themselves and the custom trim they fabricated for us is magnificent! Their calender was full and we had to wait a few weeks to get underway but it is true that the best things in life are worth waiting for!
- Joel H.

It all started with one of those Angie's LIst special deals for a landscape plan in 2011. Rice Pierce and his son
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
came out and met with me in the late summer, I think, to talk about ideas they had for the yard and about the company and their philosophy. I was impressed with both of them and their creativity and low pressure. I got pretty excited right away to get started. The landscape architect they work with came next and
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
up a beautiful plan, (which was what I had paid for originally in the Angie's list deal), and it is suitable for framing it's so pretty. Then life sort of happened and I didn't really get back with them until the next February. We decided to split the work/plan into 2 phases, with the 1st (the one that finished in November) to be the sort-of canvas...the drive, the beds, the walk, moving the existing plants, etc...The next phase, due to start in the next couple of weeks, will be even more fun, (and of course more money! eek!), and will be the new plants, another walk, pretty stuff.
I have enjoyed every minute of it so far. All the
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
people have been just a pleasure to work with and have around, especially
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
, our job site manager (I believe that would be an accurate title), and
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
, the driveway guy, (not a technically correct term, but I don't really know my heavy machinery). Very few problems, and what there have been, they have bent over backwards to fix, quickly. And the yard looks beautiful already, and we are really enjoying our new drive and walk. We get complements on that walk all the time. I can't wait to see how the rest is going to look when it's finished. And no, it's not cheap, but hey, you get what you pay for...and they guarantee everything (as long as we do our part and water!), and they really seem to be just as excited and interested in how everything turns out as the customer is! That makes such a difference!. I'm really glad I found
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
. Thanks Angie's LIst!
- Dorthy S.

The whole experience went very well.
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
came out and looked at the problem, made a suggestion I had not thought of. It involved something I need to check with the historic overlay commission. Turned out to be fine.
Nashville Excavators Provider Name Locked
and I communicated over e-mail about the final decision, chose a date for the work. He arrived when he said he would. The job took just as long as he estimated. Everything was cleaned up and taken away. I am very pleased.
- Dale F.

Excavators in Nashville

Companies below are listed in alphabetical order. To view top rated service providers along with reviews and ratings, Join Angie's List Now!

Alpha Absolute LLC

821 General George Patton Rd

American Integrity Construction

4029 Brimestone Wy


Mount Juliet




5995 Garrison Road

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

207 Century Ct

Bill's Contracting & Remodeling

1043 Hogan Branch Rd



Boyd's Landscaping

2138 Lock B Rd

Brian Chester Construction LLC.

111 2nd St
Old Hickory



Construction 360

188 Front Street, Suite 116-24

Creative Stone Work

7731 LEE Hwy


5536 KNOB RD

Dirt Works

542 Brinkley rd.





E3 Construction Company, Inc.

2000 Mallory Lane

Elan', LLC

PO Box 698
Old Hickory

First Class Plumbing & HVAC LLC

2176 Loudenslager Dr
Thompsons Station

Foley Remodeling

112 Midtown Court

Fortner Stump Removal

1004 S Graycroft Ave

Freebird Services

1334 River Road



Fusion Investments Corporation

2206 Dortch Ave

Ginn General Contractor

2216 Centerpoint

Grassy Roots Landscapes LLC

4117 Hillsboro Rd

Green Matters Landscaping

712 Greymont Dr.

Ground Up Builders Inc

4743 Veterans Pkwy

Handyman Hitsquad

1010 Thurman St
Mount Juliet

Hardscapes By The Yard - Nashville

1013 13th ave south

Hess Construction LLC

2020 Fieldstone Parkway



Homes By Heritage

3628 Wareham Dr
Thompsons Station

Hoover Trucking & Topsoil

718 Thompson Ln

Hoover Trucking & Topsoil Nashville TN

7127 Christiana Hoovers Gap Rd

I Dig It

339 E Due West


6408 HIGHWAY 100


P.O. Box 853

LA's Custom Power & Lighting Co

2812 Lebanon Pike

Lakeside Excavation

574 Drifting Circle W

Landworks Earthmoving Inc.

P.O. Box 292665

living Treasures

3226 Dark Woods Dr.

Mack Enterprises

7420 Cox Pike

Metro Construction Rehab Inc

PO Box 40504

Middle Tennessee Paving

25 West Division Street
Mount Juliet

Mr Market Ready


Nicholson Home Services


Ochoa Bros.

3013 Ambrose Ave #F

One Call Home Team LLC

242 W Main St


Kingston Springs





Pro Lift Systems Inc

1920 Nightwalk Ct

Pure Water Plumbing

919 Conference Dr.

Quality Homeworks

3914 East Ridge Drive

Quigleys Landscaping

Thompsons Station

Republic Plumbing

401 Douglas St

Restore, Renew


Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

191 River Hills Dr.

Serenity Scapes, LLC

1327 Sydney Terrace
Mount Juliet


1803 Nolensville Rd.



Sunset Enterprises

1264 dog creek rd

T & J Services

PO Box 1011

T&C Excavating, Inc.

1746 Mosley Ferry Road

Tennessee Foundation Services

8421 Horton Highway
College Grove

The Surfin’ Plumbers

339 Rockland Rd

Top to Bottom Home Repair

120 Knollwood Ct

True Craftsman Construction

214 Steelson Way

Unique Property Maintenance

201 Hurt Rd


PO Box 306
Ashland City

waterworks landscape .co

2467 double branch rd

Welker Remodeling

2012 Daylily Dr.

Willow Branch Landscaping LLC

121 1st Avenue S

Join Angie's List to get the best local reviews in Nashville.

What Does My Membership Include?
  • Instant access to reviews for 700+ services
  • Exclusive service discounts - up to 70 percent off!
  • Top-notch support from our live call center
How does Angie's List work?
1. Say you need a Excavator
2. Angie's List has tons of detailed, local reviews.
3. Find a winner, and book them.
4. Angie's List is there to resolve any issues.
Good Morning America
Fox News
USA Today
The Wall Street Journal
MSN money