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"I had
Landscaping and Excavation put in a firepit and do a significant amount of landscaping around our house. The firepit was beautiful," but several of the plants and trees died, including 6 Arborvitae to screen corner by fire pit. We tried to get them to come out and look at the trees to see what could be done several times this spring and they never came out. All of the trees died. When we had a separate company come out to remove them and fix the garden, they said they were misplanted and still in their cages. Additionally, several other plants were put in areas where they shouldn't have been (two Lilacs that will grow 12 x 12 next to our door). When spending thousands of dollars, you expect them to have a measure of knowledge on how to plant things. We were able to move some of the plants and save them, but the lack of effort on behalf of
Landscaping to even help was shocking given how much we paid. I've asked them for a partial refund of the plants that died that were planted poorly. This seemed reasonable given that we had to pay to have somebody else come out and fix the problem. I have been unable to get a response from them for 1 month, and have been trying to get somebody out to our house since April 13.

-Bradley J.

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"Outstanding. We couldn't have been luckier in contracting with Desi. He has exceeded all expectations. He also acted as general contractor for a previous" building as well as for our foundation and cement work. We cannot recommend him highly enough.

-tom S.

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Hiring an Excavator

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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 Cochranton

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The crew was absolutely wonderful. This is a family business, and they take pride in doing well. They were on time, polite, and thorough. I would use this company again if I need this type of work.
- Margaret S.
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Feb 27, 2013 Bill
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did an EXCELLENT job on our 1/4 mile gravel driveway. At that time Mr.
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fixed all the lumps and bumps in the road and we were thrilled to find a person who knew how to work on gravel driveways. Well, this year, I started contacting them in April into May to work on our driveway again. We needed a ditch dug on the side of our driveway so that water run off doesn't create ruts in our gravel driveway and we needed additional rock/gravel delivered and evenly distributed on the road. Someone at his house takes calls but that seems to be the dead end. I did get one call back and I was told that they were very busy in the spring. I understand that putting in septic and cisterns takes priority over a driveway so I told them I would try again toward summer. I then called again in June and
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. As of today, I have just given up on this person. If Mr.
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is so busy that he cannot stop over to look at the job and give me a quote, the heck with his business...I am moving on. If he didn't want the job, he should have just said he didn't do residential drives anymore or he could have supplied me with another company that he thought could do a good job. I have now called another
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- Wilson Animal Rescue W.
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Work went exactly as planned,
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- Dennis K.
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Back in 2012 my 48-year-old septic system failed. In the
previous few years several systems of like vintage on my street had failed and
needed replacement. But you tend to be optimistic that you’ll get another year
or two out of your system. Then kablooey. It just can’t get the job done and
you need a replacement....More /> This can be a pretty scary event financially. Chances are,
that unless you buy a new house or a high-end luxury car, this may be the most
expensive thing you will ever purchase. You have a million questions and this
is something that Google may help with, but it won’t necessarily give you the
answers for your state, town, or particular situation.
You have to rely on trust. My long-time pumping service,
Sunset Septic, did what they could, but it wasn’t as
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as clearing a
clogged line. The guys did, however, give me some leads on who to approach
about a repair (if possible) or construction of a new system.
I contacted
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of
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Septic and he investigated. What they discovered was a failed system that was
not built (two owners ago, back, in 1962) correctly.
Did I mention my septic tank was under my garage? I guess
the 60s were the wild west. Anyway, they did several soil tests, measured the
size of my lot (which had a pretty good down hill slope to it), and concluded I
needed a mound system, versus an enhancement of the old-style.
My first concern was being able to physically fit it on the lot (there
were a lot of mature trees that would have probably added $3,000 for removal to
the final bill).
Second was cost. The economy isn’t exactly humming along for
everyone and it wasn’t something I wanted to use a home equity loan on, so
there was a pretty fixed “no more than” price I could afford.
Third was preservation of as many trees as possible. Hey, I
like trees, and only one of three smaller Spruces I transplanted didn’t make
it).
We came up with a pretty good plan to attack the problem.
An outside engineer examined the property and designed the
system to fit the tight spaces and downward angle.
Before the target date Mr.
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measured and re-measured
the property lines with a GPS system, and identified where the system could be
installed. He also did some chainsaw work where needed.
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also designed the
re-routing of the interior piping to run out to the new tank (running through
the old tank, in the garage, wasn’t really a sound option). Once the
battlefield was prepared, we agreed upon a start date.
Note: He gave us time to remove as much of our garden as we could for transplantation. Due to the downward
slope of the yard, compounded by the north slope of the mound, would make it
unsafe to mow. This, then, provided plenty of space to transplant the day
lilies and cone plants and let the flowers take over.
Once the heavy equipment arrived, what impressed me most was
that basically, two men built the system, from digging up the yard, spreading
the sand, installing the pipes, and delivery of the tank (another vender
hoisted it into place).
From start to finish, it took three days, and if memory
serves, the new system was usable midday on the third day (there was just a
modest window when water couldn’t be used) The last half of the third day was
largely cleanup work, grading, filling in and sealing the old tank, and putting
down grass seed and hay.
When I asked him how long between pumping’s (I had been
pumping every 18 months), he told me three years and that the system would have
at least a 50 year service life.
I resolved to write a review after the first pumping to flag
any concerns. It turns out Waukesha County sends you a card to remind you about
the three-year pumping and system inspection. (When you start to receive
postcards offering to pump and inspect your system from firms you may never
have heard of, that is a clue the date is near).
I can say that I have had no problems with the system and
the check by Sunset Septic confirmed that all was well with the tank and the
pump. I am still a happy camper.
In the end,
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listened to our concerns, and delivered a
quality mound system within our target dollar amount. Should you find yourself
in a
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, and needing a new septic system (or major repairs on an older
system) I highly recommend using his service.


- Harry K.
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It was a great experience from start to finish. It's great to be able to deal with the owner of the business knowing he truly cares about what he's doing. Very honest and a man of his word. We had a date and price set for the job. The price was as quoted there when he said and gone before I knew it. Great job from start to finish would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in need of any excavation work.
- Jake D.
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Did an excellent job, was on time and very clean. Had my kitchen ceiling painted and kitchen walls.
- Stephanie D.
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They are not reliable. They didn't show up Friday or Saturday as promised. Also, they were supposed to be here at 7 am today. We were here and they didn't arrive until 8:15 and then they left and stated they couldn't come back today. We have concrete guys coming on Wednesday and this is holding up the building of our house. We are going to have to find someone else to finish the job they started. This is something that both builders and homeowners need to be aware of.
- Lea B.
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's employees acted in a professional and workmanlike manner, diligently and methodically executing the work until complete. Upon completing the work,
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's crew left the grounds in better condition than they found it, they were tidy and unlike previous workers, carried their lunch bags and waste off the site each day.
I would recommend
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, LLC to anyone, and would use them again without hesitation.
- Greg F.

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Country Landscape

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Erie Concrete

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Everdry Waterproofing

2930 Centennial Rd

Hafast Dirtworks

11785 Edgeview Ave
Conneaut Lake

HALL'S EXCAVATING INC

2416 MCCARTNEY RD
Cochranton

JONES ELECTRIC

6065 MCCRACKEN RD
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K&D Construction

93 Clinton St
North East

KUNCO LANDSCAPE DESIGN & MNTNC

3603 EDISON AVE
Erie

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services

7250 Big Beaver Blvd
Beaver Falls

MC JUNKIN HAULING & ROLLOFF

2064 PERRY HWY
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Pollard Land Services, Inc.

8150 Franklin Rd
Girard

SAMCO ELECTRIC & SERVICES

2151 Happy Valley Rd
East Springfield

T-N-T PLOWING & EXCAVATING

30 1/2 GRAHAMVILLE ST.
North East

WILKINSON EXCAVATING

PO Box 1057
Meadville

Wm T Spaeder Company Inc

1602 E 18th St
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