Altoona Excavators

in Altoona, IA

25
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in Altoona

4
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Toni F.
"It started out well. They seemed very nice and were eager to start job. We had high hopes for this family company. They were between 20%-40% lower than 2 other bids we received and" we liked the idea of supporting a smaller company. Important to note: "
" has good reviews, but this family company using that name is not great in any way. The initial demolition went well in mid-June 2014. We were told that everything would be done by
1st (with the exception of sealing the patio.) They were very nice, professional, and arrived at job site when they were suppose to (for the most part.) The job was never finished and was at 98%ish completion in early September. Our entire backyard and side yard were torn up and unusable for the entire summer even though we were assured repeatedly it would be finished by
1 (with the exception of sealing the patio which would need to be done 3 weeks later.) They have been contacted numerous times about finishing a few other small issues with the job, we have never been called or e-mailed back to do this. This company is a family owned company operated by a man named "
." His son and daughter in law are also a part of the company as well as various friends. He is using "
" company's name and their reviews. Do not ever use them!!!
is a jerk. He yelled at my husband for asking his son a question and he
to your face. He was supposedly sick and in the hospital, but they never told us until after we called and e-mailed repeatedly for over a week straight. He blamed the weather every single day on why they couldn't do the work. There were many days that the weather was good enough for concrete pouring.Yes it rained a lot this summer, but absolutely zero work was done and no communication until we hounded them for what was going on. They have horrible customer service. They do not call or e-mail back. They make the job site very messy and do not clean up after themselves. They frequently left water bottles, tools, and what not all over my yard. They got concrete splotches on our back screen door and in other areas of our yard. We had to fix this ourselves. Including digging out a very large of concrete in our side yard with a pick
. They spent a lot of time talking to one another and having other family members visit them while working. This was largely younger girls visiting their husbands/ boyfriends. The son's girlfriend (who is also the secretary of sorts) frequently stopped by and talked to her husband (he was the primary worker on the job.) They did not come to the job site at times promised or days promised (many, many, many times.) They got behind on our job and then rushed it doing semi-passable work. Then they wanted us to be overly grateful that they finished. Our stained patio has uneven stain, their are ugly grooves in our stamped patio that we were told could be fixed. A few areas don't even have stain They pulled a permit for our job, but we never received it. We now do not have a finalized permit for our
unless we want to pay for it all again. The only saving grace to this, is that since they pulled the initial permit they are legally responsible if anything goes wrong with the
in the future. We had to meet with the city and make sure we were not going to be penalized for their negligence.. We have contacted them numerous times about finishing job and are receiving no response. Never, ever, ever use them. I think this family is a subcontractor for "
." They work out of the Wake Forest area and are just horrible. Never use them, tell your friends and neighbors not to use them. You are better off paying 20% more and using someone else.
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Regan L.
"They did a very high quality job, with minimal collateral damage to landscaping. They were great to work with, though we had some misfires on when the job could get done. But I believe" that was due more to the fact that excavation companies have been super busy in our area. These folks couldn't be nicer. And really exceeded my expectations in the final execution. I would highly recommend them.
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Yolanda M.
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is very responsive and works with integrity. He will provide services by the hour or by the job. I can provide materials or he will do the shopping.
" is one stop shopping for home repair and remodel. I will be needing some carpet replaced and
can take care of this too.
has an employee that works non-stop and also serves with integrity. I would not be hesitant to leave
unattended in our home. He is very trustworthy. I will recommend him to all my friends.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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 Altoona

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The demolition and rebuild was one of the best experiences we have had with a contractor. The General Manager Mason
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is extremely professional and personable. He responded to our every concern and question promptly and knowledgeably. His crews are skilled and polite. They clean up all of their refuse when finished with a particular component of the work. He was especially helpful in working with our insurance company allowing us to receive funding for the rebuild and for bringing the new garage up to code (since the old garage was at least 5 decades old). We have used Sino- American twice before and have already started discussions about a fourth job at our home. I have no hesitation to recommend them.
- JUDITH W.
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We chose DAL for experience and responsiveness. Their original quote was not the lowest, but seemed to be the most thorough for what we wanted for our building, which was maintenance and repair of 4 decks. DAL was very clear that there could be additional costs once the demo process began, as we did not know what the underlying structural condition would be. It became clear upon demolition that we would require a complete rebuild. The cost to do a complete rebuild with DAL was very high compared to another contractor that works exclusively on decks. As a result, we cancelled the remainder of the project and paid for the work DAL had completed. They were easy to work with and very fair when we cancelled the remainder of the contract. DAL just wasn't competitive with another contractor that only does the type of deck work we needed.
- Kelly F.
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The owner
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and his guys were absolutely phenomenal,
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Brother was actually recommended to us by two landscape supply places, and one installer who said our job was "too small for them", mind you, this is no small job at all.
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was always on top of everything, and clearly knew exactly what to do and how to do it. He was always on time, if not early by a few minutes. His pricing is clear and easy to follow, its all broken down into sections based on the "part" of the job. When we weren't sure what to do about something,
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was always right there to give his opinion, and we ended up liking it just about every time. Anyway
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and his guys showed up the first day of the job and immediately started to remove part of the old driveway where the patio is now at, then stripped the majority of the lawn later that day. over the next few days, they set a new rough grade, then poured a new pad for under the granite steps. the granite went in in one day and the next few days were spent doing the walkway, patio, then final grade of the new lawn, and everything looks amazing! THE ONLY PROBLEM WE HAD, WHICH IS IN NO WAY
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BROTHER'S FAULT IS: the paver we hired, four different people told the paver both before and during their time doing the new drive way that they "HAVE TO MEET THE NEW GRADE". Well we come home from work only to find a driveway that is anywhere from 4-10.5 inches above the new lawn, which is now why there is a wall "well" around the tree. we immediately call
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and he immediately came over to see how BAD THE PAVER MESSED UP. mind you, we have the irrigation company coming the next day.
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had his guys here, off another job the next morning with the dump truck to bring in about another 22 yards of loam so that we wouldn't have to reschedule the irrigation company, and hydroseeding could be done. We really couldn't be any happier with
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and his company. We will be using them again in a year or two when we redo the back yard.
- Christine D.
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These guys are great. This is the second time I called them for same day service and they never give me grief, just do whatever they can to get out ASAP. This time there was an extra fee since the ground was frozen and under 1 foot of snow, so they had to do some extra digging. They "suggested" I call earlier in the season the next time to avoid the extra charge, but they made the suggestion kindly. They are super efficient and professional. Just called to make this year's appointment way ahead of time. Definitely recommend
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- Jennifer T.
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I can't say enough good things about
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and his team. I had serious drainage issue in my back yard, I contact many different companies to help find a solution and got no where.
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came out, offers two solution. One included going through my neighbors propeties.
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took the time to meet with my neighbors any explain what we wanted to do to help them understand and reassure them it would not create issues with there propeties. After a few weeks at looking at the options
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provided, I decide to against the one going through my neighbor propeties for a host of reason I will not bore you with on this review. I decide to do the second option
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recommended, and that was to install a holding tank, and drop in some drainage tiles. All I can say is WOW ! When it rains my backyard is dry and free of standing water.
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is a very busy man, and sometime it takes a couple calls to catch him, but I can say the using
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is with the wait.
- JERRY F.
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I HAD AN IDEA OF HOW I WANTED MY OVERGROWN LAND NEAR MY HOME TO LOOK -
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ACCOMPLISHED THAT AND MORE. THE WORK HE DID WAS AMAZING! HE LEVELED, FILLED, CLEARED, AND MADE MY PROPERTY LOOK FABULOUS. HE EVEN KEPT US IN BUDGET AND HELPED US ACCOMPLISH A FEW MORE THINGS THAN EXPECTED. HE COULD HAVE CHARGED ME WAY MORE AND I WOULD HAVE GLADLY PAID IT - BUT HE WAS FAITHFUL TO HIS HOURS AND HIS BUDGET, TRULY AN HONEST BUSINESSMAN AND THOSE ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. ADDITIONALLY, HIS OPERATION OF BIG MACHINES IS LOW IMPACT - HE REALLY DID A GREAT JOB OPERATING SUCH BIG EQUIOMENT AND NOT DAMAGING ANYTHING. IF I EVER NEED ANYTHING DONE
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IS THE GUY I WILL CALL.
- Stacy S.
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It went beyond wonderfully! At all stages the personnel in the office (
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and his employees) were all personable and very informative for all my questions. When I called with a question about the curing time for the sidewalk,
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was available by phone and very willing to answer my questions. I had expressed to
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that I would be going out of town and that I was very concerned about leaving the dangerous issue with the hole in my back yard. She went the extra mile to speak with
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to see when they could arrange to get the job done promptly.
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stated that they would return in a week to check the curing of the concrete and in 30 days to check whether there has been any further ground settling. I am very happy with the work, the experience with this contractor and all employees, and the outcome.
- MARGARET C.

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2009 Nature Trail
Winterset

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5642 NW Third Ct
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