5 Things to Look For in an Excavation Company
Earthworks are common enough in the construction industry for all sorts of projects, big or small. Since excavation is necessary for many projects, you may be wondering how to choose the right excavation company for your particular project. Here are five things to look for in an excavation company:
There are two main types of excavation equipment: manual and mechanical. For smaller jobs, shovels, trowels, and pickaxes can break up soils and debris for manual removal. When pure muscle won’t work, the mechanical muscle will get the job done efficiently. From excavators to backhoes to bulldozers, all excavation equipment excels at moving soil and dirt from one place to another.
Ensure that your chosen excavation company is well-equipped to handle the task at hand with a flexible range of equipment that’s both well-maintained and used professionally. For any job requiring mechanical excavation equipment, don’t settle for any less than the right tools for the job.
How much are you willing to pay for a job well done? When it comes to excavation, there’s no single price since every job differs in scale and scope. In general, however, excavation costs in Victoria may be around $90/hour. Of course, how many hours required to complete the project are also a dependent variable here.
The cost for excavating a basement and foundations for a typical house can cost around $8,500 but can go all the way up to $200,000 for bigger, more complex projects. Keep in mind that the actual cost of earthmoving is only one component that includes labour, but there are many other ‘hidden’ costs that contribute to the grand total.
The best way to determine the cost of your project is to obtain a professional estimate. Excavation companies such as Demolitions Melbourne can provide you with an accurate, detailed estimate so you’ll have a transparent and realistic look at what the project will cost.
Training & Experience
Operating an excavator isn’t like driving a passenger vehicle; it requires education and practical experience. In Victoria, it’s also a licensed profession. Always ensure that your desired excavation company has plenty of well-trained staff, including heavy equipment operators that are fully licensed to operate in Victoria.
Experience is another similar trait that you should look for. Excavation involves a lot more than simply moving earth from place to place, such as planning, budgeting, and requisition of equipment and labour. More experience is a good thing to look for.
In most cases, excavation is only one component (and often one of the first) of a bigger construction project. Since all of the construction labourers need to operate according to a project management schedule and your job is under budget constraints, it all hinges on the excavation company performing their work on-time and finishing on-time.
Look for a company that has a proven track record of project management expertise.
Similar to above, reputation matters a lot in most industries and it certainly applies to construction as well. Read reviews online or ask to speak to your chosen excavation company’s other clients if possible to learn more about how they operate and to see if it’s right for you.
No matter the project, big or small, contact Demolitions Melbourne today to learn more about our excavation services.