If you’ve a big job in your house or garden, you should expect there to be a fair amount of excavation required. Whether you are repairing old sewer pipes, adding an extension or carrying out some landscaping, very often the work will call for some pretty heavy duty shifting of soil. This is not a job for you and your spade – you’ll be there for months! You need to call an expert in who has the right tools for the job. Some people hire diggers to operate themselves, but you should only consider this if you have previous experience of using one – or you’ll just cause damage which will cost money to repair. You’d be forgiven for not knowing how to go about carrying out an excavation – you’ve probably never done it before! Here’s our guide to getting the right person for the job:
Before calling the experts it’s best to get a handle on how big the job is and what type of job it is. This will make a difference to the sort of company you need. If it’s simple site clearing you’ll need less machinery so smaller companies may be able to help. However, if it’s a big job and could have knock-on structural impact then a big company is the way forward. Call a few contractors and ask them to come out and appraise the job. They won’t be able to give you prices over the phone without seeing the job first, so don’t expect them to.
Once you have a few quotes in, compare and contrast each contractor’s website. How professional do they look? Are they friendly? Go onto some internet forums and see what people are saying about their work. A decent company will have a good reputation online. If you know of anybody in the trade then try and get a recommendation, and if not then ask each contractor for a testimonial from a previous client. Don’t rush into the decision – you need to be happy with your choice in order to be confident that the job will be done correctly.
When the Decision is Made…
When you have got your choice of contractor it’s time to set a date for the work to commence. Ask them how long they think (realistically) it will take to complete as other jobs will have to wait until it’s done, and you don’t want to be stalling other contractors. Make sure that the fee is included within your overall budget and ask them how and when they want to be paid (however don’t hand over any money until you are satisfied with their job).
When the day arrives, make sure that access to the site is clear. They will be bringing heavy plant machinery in so you’ll need to rid the site of any clutter that will get in the way, or items that may be destroyed by the machinery.
Excavation is an essential part of any big construction job so make sure you put the job in the right hands!
Today’s guest author, Harvey Peters, is a civil engineer and works for Total Plumbing and Excavations, a plumbing firm based in Australia. He enjoys learning new languages and likes to read foreign literature in his spare time.