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came over before I left for work in the morning so he could get me a quote faster. Despite being very busy (usually you need to leave a message," but I always got a call back either during the day when they had a break or at the end of the same day), he worked around my schedule. The entire crew was very friendly, professional and clean. They cleaned up their work every day and left my property cleaner after it was all done than it was when they came.


"Very communicative. On-time. Neat. Very respectively to avoid damage to lawn, sprinklers and existing sidewalk. I found several higher priced quotes, and could have" found even lower pricing. This is high quality work at an appropriate price.


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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.

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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 Salt Lake City


They were very prompt to come out and give me an estimate. When I was ready to have them do the work they came very promptly to do it. They were very efficient about their work and cleaned up the site very well when they were done. Since the garage and carport were both removed they were able to get a bobcat into the work space and do the work more quickly. Therefore they discounted the original estimate to reflect the faster work time.
All of the people who did the work were very personable and professional.
- Cindi L.

I needed to have eight medium-sized stumps -- some of them in difficult-to-reach locations -- removed.
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came promptly, assessed the situation, and gave me an estimate. He took careful note of nearby sprinkler lines.
He then returned a week later, as scheduled, and did the job while I was away on a trip. I had used this company before and so knew I could trust them to do the job without my supervision.

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returned my call the same day I inquired about service. Time was of the essence for me, so I appreciated this. Even better, he was able to schedule service within two days. His colleague arrived a few minutes early and was exceptionally friendly and personable. He went right to work and was finished quickly. This was a great experience and I would highly recommend them.

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was to the point and professional in giving me a fair estimate over the phone, and date to do the work. I had two or three very large stumps to remove, and it was cool to watch them work. It only took about an hour! Easily one of the easiest vendor transactions I've had since remodeling my entire house this last year. So SO much cheaper and safer than renting a unit and trying to do it myself.
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- R P.

This was probably the best money I've spent. Trying to deal with this over the past couple of years,
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came discussed with me what to do and handled it for me. They were great
- Pat B.

We first worked with
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to get the yard designed. He brought in a third party landscape designer --
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of Landform Designs -- who came up with a general design we loved. This was mid June.
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then put us on the schedule to begin work in October. Literally, on the first workday in October, there he was with his crew. All went smooth, with the work finishing, as he said it would, in late November. It was such a pleasure to work with someone who did exactly what he said he would do. Our previous experience with contractors was not that good, so our expectations were not high.
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exceeded them in all ways. We are very happy and looking forward to working with him on Phase II.
- David J.

Excavators in Salt Lake City

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A Plus Sewer & Water Co.

2950 W 500 S
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PO Box 58833
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12948 so. 4490 w.

Bluegrass Excavation Inc

2750 S Willow Way


1058 E 3950 S
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Broderick Construction Inc

990 N. 1100 West
Woods Cross


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Carlco Builders, LC

11174 S Cadbury Dr
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Carn Enterprise

6768 S 2300 E.
Cottonwood Heights

Cascade Landscapes

1313 E 800 N

Castlemenders LLC

12607 South 1300 East

Celestial Landscapes

10363 S Gemmell Club Dr
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Complete Landscapes

PO Box 1803

Costello Company Inc

702 S Redwood Rd
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CR Finishing Touch

350 west 800 north
Salt Lake City

Cut & Dry Inc.

742 East 380 North
American Fork

Cutz Treez

p.o.Box 3181


Salt Lake City

Dutchboy Construction LLC

5457 Lewis Clark Dr
Salt Lake City

Earthology Landscaping

3690 S 300 W
Salt Lake City

Earthworks Landscaping Services Inc

932 N McCormick Way


101 W 1905 S

Eschenfelder Landscaping Inc

PO Box 17657
Salt Lake City


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Handy Andy Handyman Company

11498 South 2700 West
South Jordan


8201 W 5400 S
Salt Lake City

Healthy Home Plumbing & Heating

3150 Metropolitan Way
Salt Lake City

HoneyDo Construction LLC

528 Ridge Place Dr


Salt Lake City

JB Management

Park City


Salt Lake City

Kasteler Construction

1154 E Randers Ln

Latai Concrete

3420 S 1920 W
West Valley City

Mcmillan Concrete Construction, LLC

9739 S Garden Glen Rd
South Jordan

ML Dirt Inc.

13215 S. Makayla Ct.


839 W 1500 N
Salt Lake City


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PlanPoint Construction

PO Box 1342

Plumbing Plus

2021 S 1100 E
Salt Lake City

Professional Drain Service

PO Box 18100
Salt Lake City

Rescue Rooter Salt Lake City - 9151

2322 S Presidents Dr
West Valley City

ribitt, inc.

4762 treasure view cove
Salt Lake City

RLR Construction, LLC

3207 pingree ave.

Rose Concrete Additive Co

P.O. Box 1085
Pleasant Grove

S. Biegler Construction

105 North 1200 East

Salmon & Sons Construction LLC

641 S 700 E

Seasons Four Landscape and Maintenance

125 W. 500 N.
North Salt Lake

Selective Concrete Inc

P.O. Box 118


616 West 3765 South
Salt Lake City

Steven Bleazard Construction

2615 Perschon Circle

Strang Excavating, Inc.

788 Roberta St
Salt Lake City

T & R Concrete Repair & Design

12677 S Brookline Cv

Take It Easy Lawn and Landscape

5702 South 150 West


13966 Arrow Creek Dr.


Salt Lake City

Tiger Sanitation LLC

1090 S Pioneer Rd
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45 S 1100 E
Salt Lake City

Total Landscape Management

8385 S Allen St.
Salt Lake City


4726 S 700 E
Salt Lake City


4682 S 150 W
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Utah Ponds

1380 N. Highway 89

Von Construction

1256 Darby Cir
Salt Lake City


4660 S 1590 E
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