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and his team take great pride in their work. They are courteous, professional, flexible and easy to work with. They care about the work" they do and show it. They did an excellent job providing lawn care service to my yard. The quote was reasonable and their clean-up was excellent. I had a very good experience working with this company. They are a no nonsense team—get right to work. I highly recommend them. I will hire them again.

-gloria R.

"It was clear that they did not listen to us as we explained our vision for the renovation. We asked for an estimate for each stage of the project and did not receive" this, but instead, received an estimate for the entire project that was pricey and did not include many of the things we wanted in the project. The estimate was also fairly "bare bones" and not detailed enough.

-Jill D A.

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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.

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 Schertz


Our house is very old (ca. 1875), and so every time a wall was removed something unexpected was discovered. As a result, the job took a very long time, from November to
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, through the coldest winter in many years. This was a very extensive renovation project, and we're very pleased with the results.
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and his men were easy to work with and responsive to our needs. And when you send him a text, he replies very quickly!
- Jeffrey M.

The owner of
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came out the day after we contacted him. He turned the estimate around in a day or two. He explained what his crew would do and began work within a couple of weeks. Brought in equipment, some dirt, etc. It was done in a day. Only thing we may have wanted differently was more dirt brought in for some of yard areas. But the objective was met: Our drainage problem is resolved.
- Rebecca S.

I had a tenant that was experiencing problems with the septic tank.
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came out quickly to assess the problem and offer solutions. They also returned to the complete the job quickly once I decided what avenue to take for resolving the problem.
- Dolores G.

Because so many basements flooded in May and June, there was a backlog of work, so our property couldn't be done immediately. However,
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came out to inspect right away after I called him. Even though he couldn't do the work immediately, he instructed me (and my teen boys) how to do an interim fix to at least let the basement dry out and not re-flood. It was ugly but it worked and it was easy! I really appreciate the respect and concern he had for us to enable us to do a temporary fix.
When the time came for his crew to do the work, they showed up on time, parked thoughtfully in the cul-de-sac and driveway, and got right to work. They were friendly and polite and hard-working. They included me in the decision making, but obviously they were the experts, and I agreed with their suggestions about where to put the
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and water channels. They were even willing to work with the landscaping materials (river rock & pebbles) that we already had on the property, saving us all time and money.
They used top of the line landscaping material, and were very careful when they drove the backhoe into our yard. I could not believe how hard they worked, and yet had a good sense of humor, and were pleasant to be around.
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guaranteed the work, which proves how much he trusts his crew to do things right the first time. Since then we have had some major
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-washers and some days of slow steady rain, and an absolutely dry basement!
I won't need to have them come back since they did it right the first time, but I wouldn't mind hiring them again; they were awesome to work with! I highly recommend
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excavating, even if you have to wait, it's worth it! There's a reason they're so busy...they're the BEST!
- Elisabeth M.

The day after the install i noticed some coloring of the asphalt c oming off my patio pavers resutling in stained blacktop. I called them to come and take a look and the owners dad said that they never drove on my patio pavers with the roller. This however was a complete lie because my wife saw the owner
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sitting on the roller ontop of the patio pavers, resulting in the pavers being scuffed up. We were told to stay off driveway for 4or5 days with cars, we waited 2 weeks before parking a car on it. Few days later there was a large divot from the car tire so we moved cars back onto street. There was also an area were driveway was sinking and an area with several large cracks beginning to form. Called them out again and they said it was all normal and did not attempt to fix any areas. Got 2 estimates on the damage and both estimates stated it was "not normal". Few weeks ago called the owner
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to ask again if they would fix the problem areas and he acted put out and angry that we would call him again for the 3rd time . Terrible people, terrible service, dishonest and did not do what their contract stated
- michael G.

My son believes the drainage tube may be too small to collect enough drainage for my property (it is just a 3-inch tube). They had left quite a mess on the side of my home where they dug the new trench and it pools mud and dirt up next to my house when it rains. I am not dissatisfied with the work, I would just like the company to come back out to explain to me why they selected the size of drainage pipe that they did, also the residual mud has been lifting some of the pavers in the back of my home as well so I would like to make sure it is cleaned up enough to prevent further destruction. I have not been able to get a hold of the company for the past two weeks with multiple calls and emails from myself and my son.
- Kathy C.

I hired Bury Landscaping to install a pop up drain attached to a gutter, landscape gravel and a landscape border. The workmanship was excellent, the work was performed neatly, accurately and on time.
Thank you for an excellent job!
- Chris V.

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arrived when he said he would be here. Very courteous and professional. Did his work, explained what he was doing and why, answered my questions and cleaned up after himself before leaving. Definitely would use them again. Much better than others we've used.
- Armando A.

Excavators in Schertz, TX

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24-7 Under Pressure, Asphalt Paving & Construction

11703 Huebner Rd. Ste 106-178
San Antonio

A & A Plumbing

13138 Lookout Run
San Antonio

ACGonzalez Concrete Construction

335 Wainwright St
San Antonio

AK Utilities

310 Morton St


8111 Mainland
San Antonio

Alamo Clearing

1901 Bueno Vista
San Antonio

Alamo Hy-Tech Foundation Repair

3005 S IH 35
New Braunfels


San Antonio

Allied Outdoor Solutions

1557 W Sam Houston Pkwy N

Artistic Concrete & Masonry

141 N Wagon Wheel Dr

Asphalt Artist

254 Kendalia Ave
San Antonio

Avenue Paving LLC

1401 Mooreland Dr

B. A. Construction

San Antionio

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

701 E Plano Pkwy

Bexar C&R Construction

5039 Sierra Madre
San Antonio


17101 La Cantera Pkwy
San Antonio

Cain's Decorative Concrete

210 Flagler Road


1080 FM

Christopher Contracting

PO Box 760965
San Antonio

CJ House Leveling Inc

5035 Cabin Lake Dr.
San Antonio


31135 Beck Road

D.A.P. Construction

111 Deer
San Antonio

Dave's DirtWorks & Landscape

12970 FM 306
Canyon Lake

Dependable Excavating LLC.

9819 Rebel Queen
San Antonio

Du-West Foundation Repair

713 S Seguin Rd

Earth Systems

PO Box 461601
San Antonio

Easter Concrete

13250 Cepeda


San Antonio

Express Property Cleaning Services LLC

2750 Wallingford Dr

Fewell Construction

331 W Nueva St
San Antonio

Fixture Plumbing Co.

1912 w. hermosa
San Antonio


New Braunfels

Galvez Works

12010 Warfield Dr
San Antonio

George Plumbing Co Inc

12 Burwood Ln
San Antonio


PO Box 172

GM OLMOS trucking and hauling

323 Meadow Park
New Braunfels

H&L Remodeling and Landscaping

411 sandbar
Canyon Lake


PO Box 311057
New Braunfels

Hill Country Land Improvement

550 Camino De Rancho

Hill Country Septic & Construction

1621 Lavaca
Canyon Lake


San Antonio

Historic Builders

PO Box 2236

HOLT CAT San Antonio

3302 South W.W.White Road
San Antonio

Immediate Response Plumbing Inc

13106 Lookout Rdg
San Antonio

Jeff's Plumbing And Repair

5907 Bennington
San Antonio

Jesse-James Contracting & Remodeling

3822 Deerfield Dr
San Antonio

JT Construction & Remolding

25115 Catalan Cliff

Kincaid Homes

San Antonio

kyle construction co

115 cypress ln

L&G Landscape, Inc.

402 Cattle Ranch Dr.
San Antonio

Lara's Construction Co.

242 Harwood Drive
San Antonio

Leon Builder

3535 Fallen Leaf
San Antonio

LeRoy Ramirez

San Antonio


Lake Hills


20286 Spanish Grant Rd.
San Antonio

MJ Central Texas Septic LLC

28009 Wooded Acres
San Antonio

Mother Nature Lawn & Landscape

PO Box 461601
San Antonio

On Time Elmer

9710 N Interstate Hwy 35
San Antonio


San Antonio


5606 Charwood St
San Antonio

Paving and Seal Pro

902 kitty hawk #170-452
Universal City

Pool Boys

PO Box 583

Proficient Lawn & Landscaping

6614 Elmer Blvd
San Antonio

Salinas Designs

310 Frost St.
San Antonio

Select Construction Services

3 Becker Lane

Shafer Services

315 Burnet St
San Antonio

Silver Star Plumbing

2305 Fm 1518


19141 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio

Sterling Construction & Remodeling

6243 Vance Jackson
San Antonio

Structural Reclamation Contractors

619 Westfall Avenue
San Antonio

T C Construction

2926 Wegner Rd
New Braunfels


41111 Factory Hill
San Antonio

Texas soil resources

17520 jackel road
Von Ormy

The Home Depot - Culebra

5638 W Loop 1604 N
San Antonio

The Very Usefull Company LLC

P.O. Box 831424
San Antonio

Tree Busters

3735 Pleasanton Rd
San Antonio

Tru Construction

p.o.box 211
San Antonio

Tuttle Plumbing & Air Conditioning

808 W Byrd
Universal City

Will's Plumbing & Testing Service

318 E Nakoma
San Antonio

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