The “Hole” Story: Tips For Hiring An Excavation Company For Your Backyard Project

Are you thinking of installing an in-ground pool, leveling a hill in your yard, or performing some other type of major reconstruction project on your land? Unless you own your own backhoe, one of your first steps will be to hire an excavation service. This sounds simple at the onset, but there are actually some intricacies involved, particularly when you're looking to excavate a residential property. To ensure this first step of your reconstruction project goes well, follow these tips.

1. Look for companies that work in residential yards.

Open the phone book (or these days, consult the internet) and you will likely find that there's a long list of excavation companies in your area. Before you start to feel overwhelmed by the number of options, realize that most of these companies won't actually be able to help you. Many excavation companies primarily work with commercial properties and on huge tracts of land. You may have to make a few phone calls before you find a company that offers residential services. Try to keep calling until you find at least three options. This way, you can compare and contrast quotes and what each company has to offer, ultimately choosing the company that best serves your needs.

2. Measure your yard's access route.

If you live in a wide, open, rural area, then this may not be an issue. But if you live in a neighborhood where the houses are closer together, you will need to make sure the excavation company can get their equipment into your backyard. Measure the width of your driveway, or the width of the space around your driveway. Measure the width of any other paths between your home and the neighbors' homes, too. Realize that excavation companies can move their equipment over grass, too. Give these measurements to companies when you call so they can ensure their equipment will fit into your yard before they agree to the project.

3. Ask for drawings.

You should definitely ask for a quote before agreeing to let an excavation service work on your yard, but don't forget to ask for a drawing, too. Once the company digs the hole, it will be tough to make changes. It's better to identify any changes that may need to be made on paper first — this way, they will be easy to correct.

With the tips above, you can enjoy greater success when hiring an excavation company for your residential project.