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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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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 Sunrise Beach

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I used the Angie's list contact tool, to contact a couple of other septic servicing companies. One did not contact me back and the others quote was higher than my research said it should be by almost double. I actually scheduled with the higher company thinking that because I live in Orange County it may be a higher price because of OWASA (Orange water and solid waste authority). But then I contacted
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Service. I had a response by the end of the day and a quote that was right where I thought it should be $285 for a tank pumping, filter cleaning, inspection and he also provided a years worth of septic treatment tabs. He said I didn't need to be there but I wanted to solve the mystery of the septic system for myself. He showed up right when he was expected and didn't make any mess. I was there during the cleaning, he's really nice guy to talk with and he answered some questions I had regarding my drain field. I will certainly use his service again every three to five years according to him.
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Case was punctual, arriving at 9 am Monday through Saturday. We were able to sleep in our bedroom, connect to the master bath in question. They created a
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for dust and used covers to protect our beautiful hardwood flooring. the various crews were professional and inspired confidence.
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checked in regularly to make sure things were going smoothly and on time. I was pleased to find out that every project has its own supervisor, who is frequently on the job. I never gave it a thought to their being in the house by themselves. the work they did was masterful and artistic. they did a fabulous job on the cabinetry, the tile work, the fixtures and sinks, as well as beautiful countertops. I know that we were pretty demanding regarding the tile work in the shower. the border that we wanted was unusual and they took the time to find exactly what we're looking for.
- Frank S.
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Hall was the low bidder among 4 proposals. Once the contract was agreed, work began in just a few days.
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Hall did the digging himself with his Bobcat. He arranged for a concrete block specialist to build the wall, and oversaw and approved the work. He arranged for a metal worker to repair the railing. Mr.
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installed the railing on the new wall. He filled and graded the hole and seeded the area. When settling of the dirt was reported, he responded within 2 days to fill in the gaps and reseeded the area. He took care throughout the job to minimize damage to the existing lawn.
- Gordon T.
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We needed to remodel our 80+ year (not so functional) old house.
After 2 of our neighbors had recently completed major remodeling, we visited their lovely homes and asked them who did the remodeling and they both said
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& B Construction. As both neighbors were so satisfied with their remodeling projects, we decided to use the same contractors and we're glad we did.
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personally and professionally guided us through the whole process of remodeling our old Kensington home. They guided us through all the pros and cons of design features and helped us select quality materials such as wood cabinets, wood flooring, tile, etc. They are organized, stayed on budget with no delays, their workers were always on time, completely professional, and unusually pleasant to work with.
Some months later, I noticed some of the grout in the bathrooms had cracked a little: Not a problem, they came right out and fixed it. They promised they would fix anything involved with the remodeling at any time, and they have lived up to that promise.
We really appreciated this team. We tend to be perfectionists and are pleased to declare we could not have been happier with the outcome of our remodeling project. We now have a beautiful and comfortable home, thanks to
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plus their dedicated crew. We love what they did for us and we would not hesitate hiring them again.
- Marjorie Q.
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Major work was completed in one day. Followup clean-up was provided in a timely fashion. Tiles' workers very efficient considering they were removing and installing a sewer line directly under a very large maple tree.
- Burton H. B.
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Top soil to area, leveled and cultivated it, seeded area, applied fertilizer. and spray to area to keep seed down (on a steep hill in some places). They did an excellent job. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Would hire again and plan to! Weather put them a bit behind and they are quite busy - but no complaints - was worth the little bit of a wait! (seems like every time we do anything around our pond it rains for days!)
- Barbara R.
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I called this company initially to come out and inspect my septic system and to schedule pumping it out. I was told I would get a call back from the owner
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. I waited two weeks and never heard anything. So I called back and the same lady answered the telephone and I reminded her of my call. She said she would pass the message on once again. I waited two more weeks and received no call back. I once again called back telling myself "OK" last time! The same lady answered and this time she said "I will call his cell phone right now". Apparently she did because I got a call from
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. We made an appointment to meet at my house. The appointment time came and I got a call from
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telling me he is running late. He showed up an hour late with one of his son's. He told me he was at his son's football practice. He spent about 20 minutes at my house, told me he would get all of the pertinent information on my system from the LCRA (I am adding an addition so I need to upgrade my system), schedule in a pumping and get back with me. Three weeks pass and no call! So I call
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's cell number and left him a detailed message. To this day I have never received a call back. It has been at least a month now!!
- william W.

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A & E Constrution Co.

17200 campground rd

Aero Construction

19912 old 40 hwy
Higginsville

All-Star Home Renovations

814 Lazy Days Rd.
Osage Beach

AMERISCAPE

Saint Joseph

ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION-BACKHOE

120 GOPHER LN
Sunrise Beach

Balkenbusch Excavating Co

387 Jefferson St
Jefferson City

Bell Plumbing Inc

22898 Emerson Rd
Lebanon

Bill,s excavating

325 mount union church road

BRITZ EXCAVATING & WRECKING

3252 NW FAIRMOUNT RD
Maysville

BULLOCK & HENDRIX SEPTIC LLC

172 FLAGSTONE RD
Sunrise Beach

C L Richardson Construction

15475 US Highway 63 South
Ashland

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Contractor Plus LLC

4517 Camden Line Rd
Camdenton

Dave Bross Contracting Services

77 Roelker Rd
Wright City

DAVID JONES EXCAVATING

33337 MARTIN RD
Sunrise Beach

Foundation to Roof

403 S. Jenkins Street
Centralia

Gladney J Backhoe & Excavating

297 Hopi Dr
Elsberry

Holem Excavating Inc.

Highway 50
Sedalia

Kansas City Master Companies Inc

13501 Arrington
Grandview

KRIV CONSTRUCTION

67 OLD SAWMILL RD
Sunrise Beach

Lakewide Septic

837 el tampa rd
Camdenton Mo

Lyness Landscaping Llc

28464 E Katy Track Rd
Harwood

Mac Company

2911 Beaver Creek Drive
Cape Girardeau

Marks Excavating Inc

Rr1 39c
Drexel

MC GINNIS H & S SEPTIC SVC

33200 DOVER RD
Sunrise Beach

MICK MEHLER & SONS INC

2888 HIGHWAY E
Silex

Mike's Construction

134 Hwy 61 S Ste 4
Hannibal

Mike's Construction LLC

134 Hwy 61
Hannibal

PAULSEN'S EXCAVATING LLC

173 BETLO DR
Sunrise Beach

QUALITY WATERPROOFING

105 PACIFIC WEST DR.
St. Louis

STL Construction

PO Box 404
Ulman

THOMPSON SEPTIC TANK SVC

163 THOMPSON VALLEY DR
Sunrise Beach

Timberland Tree Service

312 Mikel
Maryland Heights
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