From digging the foundation of a new house to preparing the backyard for a play court, to removing large tree stumps to clear space for a patio area, there are several residential construction and landscaping projects that require that heavy excavation equipment be brought in.

Residential excavation services specialize in the use of heavy equipment to move earth and clear sites to ensure they are well-prepped for construction and landscaping projects. If there are several residential excavation contractors in your area, you may have a hard time choosing who to work with.

The following guide is intended to help you find the best contractor for your needs.

Check the Contractor's Project Portfolio

While excavation contractors can tackle a wide array of projects that require site excavations and earth removal, the vast majority of them tend to focus on managing and completing specific types of projects.

When you are selecting a contractor for your job, check their portfolio to view projects completed by them. You should see high-quality before-and-after photos showcasing their work. 

Make sure your preferred contractor has successfully completed many projects that are similar to yours, whether it is new home construction, in-ground pool installation, driveway installation, rock wall construction, drainage system installation, or other types of projects. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing they have the right equipment and experience for the job.

Choose a Contractor That Has Adequate Insurance Coverage

As residential excavation jobs involve the use of heavy equipment, things can go terribly wrong on your residential property if the equipment is not used safely.

If your contractor doesn't have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for damages that may arise due to accidents and injuries, you may be found personally liable for the accidents and injuries that occur on your property. This may result in huge lawsuits being filed against you.

Before hiring any excavation company, verify that they are adequately insured to take on your project. This way, you won't be held responsible for any accident or injury that occurs on your private property due to the contractor's fault. 

Find out which types of insurance an excavation contractor may need and ask to see certificates of insurance before work can commence on your project.

Choosing the right residential excavation company for your project is crucial for the successful completion of the project. While there are several factors to consider before deciding on which company to hire, the above checklist should help point you in the right direction.