So, you've just bought a beautiful plot of land and you're looking to have a brand new home custom built on it. Congratulations! Before construction can begin, however, the land is most likely going to need excavation in order to prepare it for the pouring of your home's foundation and the subsequent construction. You may be understandably curious as to how much this excavation is going to cost you; while the average cost ranges from $88 to $154 per cubic yard, there are many factors that will influence your total price.
Ease of Equipment Access
Excavation requires the use of lots of heavy equipment, so the ease of access your property affords can make a big difference in your overall excavation costs. If you've bought a plot of land in an undeveloped area that doesn't yet have road access, getting the necessary equipment onto your property is going to take a lot more time and care. As such, you should expect it to cost a bit more. On the other hand, if the equipment can be transported to your property easily, this could end up saving you a pretty penny.
Results of a Soil Test
Before you purchased your land, hopefully you had a soil test done. A soil test is important because it will tell you a lot of about the land itself, such as how rocky the soil is, whether or not there are dangerous levels of chemicals in the soil, and other characteristics. The results of your soil test can also impact the ease with which excavation will be completed and therefore the costs associated with it. Be sure to share the results of your soil test with the excavation company so they can give you a more accurate quote.
Existence of Utility Lines
Finally, consider whether or not your property already has access to nearby utility lines. If so, this will make the excavation process much easier. However, if there are no nearby hookups to city utilities (such as water and gas lines), then trenches for these lines will need to be dug out by your excavation company, which can add to the overall cost.
As you can see, there's a lot that can impact the cost of land excavation for your new home. Your best bet is generally to request a quote from a reputable excavation contractor in order to get a better idea of what to expect. Contact a company like Joe Frei Excavating for more information.