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"On the first day they excavated the area into which they would pour the cement. They left without securing the area. I felt this was dangerous since anyone could" step into that hole when night fell. I called the boss. He would not come back. Suggested I put a chair at either end. So I went to Home Depot and bought bright orange traffic
to delineate the excavated area. When the area was excavated clumps of lawn on the borders of the area were dug up and and carted away and dumped into my neighbors yard. Some of these clumps were replaced afterward but most still
in my neighbor's yard. Some cement was poured onto my front garden where it remains until this day. In spite of all the negatives the finished walk is fine.

-Alice T.

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"Everything went outstanding. First of all, I liked the fact that before
ever gave me an estimate, he came to our property and did a thorough" look at everything that needed to be done. He explained it all to me and then wrote up the estimate. Prior to the day that he was to arrive, he began to bring in some of the materials that he was going to use. We had to wait a couple days for the permit but while he was waiting, he did work that didn't require a permit, just to speed things a long. Once he had removed the lining and everything that needed to be removed from the pool, it had to be inspected. The inspector was supposed to be here between 7:00 and 8:30 in the morning.
did not have to be here but he was. He was here at 06:45 in the morning and waited until the inspector arrived, which wasn't until 8:30. This is called GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND.
did the work himself with one helper. Once he finished filling in the hole, where the pool previously was, he spread down topsoil, put down grass seed and covered it all over with straw. He didn't just leave a messy yard to be completed by someone else. He is extremely talented and proficient at what he does. I can't say enough good things about him. He is very customer oriented, does his best to ensure that the client is satisfied with his work, handles all customer contact with professionalism and respect. In other words he treats his customers the way he would want to be treated. I would definitely hire him again and refer him to everyone else. Thanks
for doing such a great job.

-Paulette B.

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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

 

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asked a lot of questions and made smart suggestions of how to prep the site to build a new garage/workshop. Once they started working, everything went smoothly and the job came in on budget with no surprises. Their quote was the only one that included all of the required tasks for this job, including the excavation, hauling the dirt and old wall away,
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not only did an outstanding job in performing the required work in a very short time window, they were able to quickly align the necessary subcontractors (decking, electrician) to complete the job quickly without creating any additional problems. The expense was largely attributed to the short turn around time and the amount of soil that had to be removed and replaced. This company was exceptional!
- Oliver H.
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walked into our home, I knew he was someone we could trust to create our dream kitchen for my family and I. His eye for design and utility resulted in a kitchen I'm proud to show off and we get great enjoyment out of using it. The level of attention to detail from
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and his team was incredible. From the tile work, to the flooring, to the cabinets, granit, and fixture I'm impressed beyond words. He kept our house clean the entire time and delivered the job on time as planned. We were so pleased with the kitchen work, that we decided to remodel ours master bathroom as well. He was aways on time, and I confess his estimate wasn't the lowest price we got, but he end up saving us a lot of money by directing us to the right suppliers. We definitely recommend his work.
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It didn't go at all! I am upset and disappointed. The work they described doing was precisely what I needed. Other excavators had wanted larger jobs and landscapers who did residential grading mostly wanted to sell lots of plants for the new leveled area. Their quote was just what I needed. I had a firm quote from them that I accepted, and they backed out!
Reputable contractors don't do that.
I would still like them to do the proposed work. They have an excellent rating and reputation here, and the price is acceptable.
- Mark S.
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and his team were punctual and arrived early and on time every day. I also work nights, so they tried their best not to disturb me while I slept during the day. He kept me up to date and informed on progress and throughout the whole process of what the steps where. He came in at exactly what he quoted me and even uprooted a tree stump and hauled it away for me. Would definitely recommend.
- anthony S.
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Originally went with a different oil tank company to remove an oil tank. They told me that the oil tank was at a certain part of the property that required coordination with the gas and water company as the gas and water line was in the way of the tank removal. The initial oil tank company was very unresponsive and didnt answer any questions.
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- David K.
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These guys were wonderful. I called Friday after an unfortunate experience with another company.
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told me they could do the job on Monday between 11-2. They were here promptly at 11, got to work and finished the job in less than thirty minutes. They were courteous, even replaced the Japanese lantern that I keep on the septic cover and I was impressed by their complete professionalism. I only wish all companies were this easy to work with.
- Sylvia F.
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is a popular guy! We had to wait about a month for him to be free to do our job, but he told us the date he'd be available and showed up to the day. He took our terribly potholed, disintegrating asphalt driveway and completely rehabbed it. First he bulldozed and ditched at the top of the hill to fix the drainage problem that was washing out the roadway. Then he leveled the driveway and put down a mix of larger stone and small gravel that would make a good hard surface. Done in one morning and was 10% under estimate.
Almost three months and many heavy rainfalls later, the driveway still is great.
- Deb S.

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A-1 Septic Tank Cleaning LLC

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All Service Handyman LLC

3252 Drew Rd
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AquaProof Inc

12097 Mosteller Rd
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Bearfoot Concrete

2456 wayne ave
Dayton

Brandon Gigandet Excavating

220 Linewood Drive
Greenville

BRUNS GENERAL CONTRACTING INC

3050 S TIPP COWLESVILLE RD
Tipp City

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Chronus Construction and Landscaping

1690 Woodlands Dr
Maumee

Classic Lawn Maintenance

1732 Alex Bell
Centerville

Dash Home Improvement

24937 Pleasant Trail
Cleveland

Emerald Green Lawn & Landscape Pros

PO Box K
South Charleston

Everitt Concrete

100 Community Dr
Dayton

Everything & Company

1214 harvard blvd
Dayton

FROSTCO INC

PO BOX 752004
Dayton

Greater Dayton Construction Group

4197 Research Blvd
Dayton

GreenTech Energy Solutions LLC

1587 State Route 68N.
Xenia

Ground Force Site Solutions

1475 SPRING VALLEY PAINTERS RD
Spring Valley

Ground Force site solutions

1475 w. sv. paintersville rd
Spring Valley

Heeter Plumbing LLC

8633 N Dixie Dr
Dayton

Huffman Tree Co

1050 Sylvan Shores Dr
South Vienna

J J CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 24593
Huber Heights

Jeff Bonham Electric Inc

3647 Wrightway Rd
Dayton

K.A.excavation

113 lodestone dr
Englewood

MARK FINCHUM EXCAVATING

8410 COLUMBUS CINCINNATI RD
South Charleston

MCAARON MARTIN CONSTRUCTION CO

2256 RICE ST
Cincinnati

McLean Plumbing

1795 Needmore Rd
Xenia

MILLER EXCAVATING INC

10944 COLUMBUS CINCINNATI RD
South Charleston

MY LAWN & LANDSCAPING CO

3159 STATE ROUTE 42
Spring Valley

Narrow Path Plumbing

3198 Old Winchester Trl
Xenia

Natural Solutions Landscape Management

345 Ardmore Rd
Springfield

Nichols Plumbing

6119 Moss Hill Court
Huber Heights

Olinger Maintenance

7051 New Carlisle Pike

Phillips Companies

620 Phillips Drive
Beavercreek Township

Prudential Construction Group

140 N Keowee Street
Dayton

R & C EXCAVATING

3130 ROCKY POINT RD
Springfield

RENFROW BUILDERS

1500 Richland Rd
Spring Valley

Roeder Plumbing & Excavating

181 Oaksmere Dr.
Springfield

Select Services of Ohio

1601 Sheridan Ave
Springfield

Site X Inc.

3992 Gettysburg Pitsburg Rd.

Smith Unlimited Const l.l.c.

6861 w Frederick Garland rd.
West Milton

Smith Unlimited Construction LLC

6861 W. Fred Garland Road
West Milton

Sohan & Sons Waterproofing Co

8543 Deer Path
West Chester

Stillwater Builders Co

256 Triangle Ave
Dayton

Strong Roots Landscaping

2824 Argella Ave
Dayton

The Basement Doctor

7369 E Livingston Ave
Reynoldsburg

The Basement Guys

1633 Thornwood Dr
Heath

The Waterworks

550 Schrock Rd
Columbus

Universal Construction

PO Box 785
Verona

Yanton's Outdoor Living

3991 Shakertown Rd
Dayton

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