My wife & I had just moved into our newly built home and quickly began work on our landscaping. We completed the initial landscaping around the perimeter of the house and needed to grade and level the outer lot. I conducted an in-depth research into available options (renting/buying the equipment and doing it myself, getting bids from conventional landscaping vendors, etc). I was surfing Craigslist one day and came across two vendors that offered excavating services. Over the phone, both vendors seemed to be able to accomplish my task so I asked them both for estimates. The first vendor selected a date to come view the property in order to give his estimate (which I expected). The agreed upon visit date came and gone and he never showed. No phone call. No email. Nothing to explain his ‘no-show’ behavior. The second vendor, Darrell of Performance Excavating & Trucking, talked with me at length about my lot (dimensions, current grade, obstacles (trees, drop-offs, hills, etc.)) and gave me an estimate over the phone. His process includes running a piece of equipment called a ‘ripper’ which breaks up the ground like a disc, then he goes over the ground with a ‘box plane’ and then a harrow to smooth out dirt. Darrell initially told me “once I’m done, you’ll like it” and his words were true. We love the job he did on the lot. The lot is level, most of the dirt clods were broken up, and the ground was smooth. My backyard looks better than most ball diamonds! The only thing I would advise you on is get him to come out to your project, look it over and then give his estimate. The actual amount of time he needed to complete the project was significantly higher than his estimate. Darrell was very responsive, his prices were fairly competitive, and the end results are amazing. I would highly recommend him and would use him again.