How Much Does Residential Excavation Cost

Pittsburgh’s guide to excavating your property.

Whether you are building a new home in the South Hills, adding an addition or simply preparing your yard for a deck, excavation is one of the first steps in completing a home project. And while some projects may be small, others may require more equipment, time and manpower to complete the task at hand. Excavation isn’t always a costly process, but depending on the size of the area you intend on excavating, you will see the price increase with each additional square foot.

If you’re looking to take on a building or home renovation project that requires excavation, J Bird’s Landscaping & Excavating shares some important information for Pittsburgh homeowners.


Average costs

Excavation costs are based on several factors. Generally speaking, smaller projects can cost as little as $500, while larger projects can cost as much as $8,000. With any excavation project, it’s good to hire a professional landscaping contractor with the right equipment. Many homeowners panic at the thought of a large excavator trekking through their lawn, when in fact many projects can be tackled with a smaller backhoe. No matter, the size of the job, it’s always best to hire a professional. They’ll have the most knowledge on the process and access to the best equipment for the job.

What influences cost?
Each project is different and comes with its own set of challenges. There are various things that are going to affect the quote of your project. Here are few factors that could drive up the cost.

  • Location and accessibility (ease of access, or lack thereof)Residential Excavation South Hills
  • Concern of hill subsidence
  • Tree or shrub removal
  • Grading and trenching
  • Size of project
  • Expected duration to completion
  • Time of year


Other costs to consider.
Keeping in mind most excavation projects are part of a larger project, there may be additional costs to consider. 

  • Survey of the land
  • Permits to build
  • Demolition of any existing concrete or solid structure
  • Need for an architect, arborist, draftsman, supervisor or any specialist required to complete the job.
  • Need for a drainage system
  • Pouring concrete for a foundation
  • Framing or beams needed for a new structure
  • Site clean-up

While you shouldn’t be intimated by the excavation process, unless you’re in the business of building and remodeling, many homeowners simply won’t know all of the costs associated with the process. Hiring a professional, like J Bird’s Landscaping & Excavating, will help answer any of your questions upfront so you can better budget for your next South Hill’s home improvement project. 

Call J Bird’s Landscaping & Excavating at 412-224-0639 for QUOTE today!