Excavation is an important part of the building process. Since this step sets the stage for your entire project, it’s a good idea to do some research before you hire an excavation company. Getting recommendations from others and doing a thorough inquiry into the experience and qualifications of different excavation companies can help avoid costly mistakes down the road.

Ask Prior Clients

To get started, ask friends, family and business connections for names of excavation companies they have worked with in the past. When looking for recommendations, here are some questions to ask to gather information for your decision-making process.

  • What was the scope of your project?
  • Did the company complete the project to your specifications?
  • Was the company able to work with your budget?
  • Were there any issues during the project?
  • Did the company finish within the projected timeframe?
  • What equipment and materials did they use?
  • Would you use this company again?

Ask the Company Directly

Once you have a list of recommended companies, contact the companies to learn more about their expertise and availability. Some information can be found on the excavation companies’ websites but contacting them for an estimate is also recommended. Here are some questions to ask to help you make an informed decision.

  • What certifications, licenses, and permits do your company have?
  • How much experience does your company and employees have in the industry?
  • How much experience do you have completed projects like yours?
  • What is the training process for employees?
  • What safety protocols do you have in place?
  • What is your experience working with other building professionals?

Asking these questions will make it easier to select an excavation company that meets your needs.
D2 LLC is an excavation company with extensive experience and strong customer service in the Washington DC metropolitan region. Contact us today, at (301) 800-7883! to learn more about what we do and how we can help your future project.

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  • Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for pointing out that asking for an estimate is necessary even if the information can be found on their website. I think that is true since there might be other charges for the type of job that you have for them. I will share this tip with my sister since she needs to hire one for the excavation in her farm. It appears that there is a complicated situation there because it can hit the pipes of their property, so there must be other fees when there is additional job done.

  • Duncan Lance says:

    I actually really like that you include some questions in the article for people to ask the references that the excavation service has provided them with. After all, if you’re going to contact their references then you will want to learn everything you can about the company’s experience ans skill. Questions about the equipment and materials that they used can really help with that.

  • I wanted tot hank you for explaining what to ask an excavation company. It’s nice to know that you can ask about any safety protocols they have in place. That said, it’s probably important to at least have a basic knowledge of some safety protocols so you can at least discuss them with the excavation company.

  • My husband and I want to install a pool in our yard, but first we need to remove the dirt from where we want to put it. Your article had some great tips for choosing a service that could help us with this, and I liked how you said to ask a potential company some questions about what certifications, licenses, and permits do they have, and what safety protocols they have in place. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing an excavation contractor for our future pool.

    • D2 Admin says:


      Thank you for your feedback. He are happy you found the article helpful as it is our goal to make the process easier by providing good information.

      Good luck and let us know if how things worked out.


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