Why You Should Never “DIY” Excavation Work

Why You Should Never “DIY” Excavation Work

Home improvement projects can be immensely satisfying, especially if you enjoy tackling them on your own. “Do-It-Yourself” home improvement is immensely popular right now, and there are many projects that allow you to grow and flex your “DIY” skills without major repercussions if something goes wrong. However, excavation is not one of those projects.

When it comes to projects requiring major excavation, such as grading a slope or installing an advanced drainage system, you’ll want to use a professional service versus attempting the work yourself. Here’s why.

1. Professionals Know What Machinery to Use

To perform an excavation job safely and efficiently, you must know what type of machinery YOUR project requires, as well as how to operate it. Using the wrong equipment or improperly handling the right equipment can be a huge hazard to your safety and result in expensive property damage.

Also, when you decide to attempt your project yourself, there’s always a chance that you’ll waste money by renting the wrong machinery. Professional excavation companies are already equipped with a fleet of vehicles and an arsenal of equipment to handle both large and small projects. They already know what’s needed to get the job done, and the members of their excavation team are qualified to handle the machinery safely.

2. Professionals Know Which Permits You Need

Permits establish rules for your project, such as how you deliver and remove materials, how much noise your project can create, and what hours you’re allowed to work on it. The type of permit (or permits) that you’ll need will depend on a number of factors, such as local regulations, state regulations, the project type, and your property type.

Navigating this paperwork and keeping in accordance with permit rules can be tricky, especially without prior experience. When hiring a licensed contractor, you can rest easy knowing that they will obtain the necessary paperwork and follow proper procedures in accordance with state and local rules.

3. Professionals Help You Stay in Budget and Keep on Track

When you’re starting a new type of a home improvement project, it can be difficult to tell how long it will take for you to complete it and how much money you’re actually going to need. Without a frame of reference, it’s tough to have more than a general timeline and a rough estimate of how much the materials and machinery will cost. It’s all too easy to end up with a project that goes over budget and takes longer than expected.

Professional excavation services have the experience to understand the scope of your project, including the cost and length of time to finish it. They can provide you with realistic expectations, including what kinds of obstacles they foresee with your particular project that might not have occurred to you. In all, you are much less likely to encounter unpleasant surprises throughout the course of your project when working with an experienced contractor.

4. Professionals Can Help Keep Your Property (And You) Safe

No one wants a home improvement project to turn into a home emergency. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what can happen if you dig up a little more than dirt when attempting a DIY excavation. Depending on your location, you may have electrical lines, water lines, sewer lines, and gas lines underneath your property. Licensed excavation contractors are trained to navigate properties with all of these obstacles and more. To avoid the risk of a gas leak or major plumbing and electrical problems, it's best to hire a professional.

A lot can go wrong with a DIY excavation project. With our 15 years of experience at Supreme Enterprises, LLC, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your project is in good hands.

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