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Question DetailsAsked on 2/28/2017

I'm trying to remove Rock and dirt from my front yard need a price it's a standard front yard

Just trying to get a better idea on a price range

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You don't say what type of material, how hard it is to dig, or how much is coming out - but here are some VERY rough ballpark numbers assuming reasonable truck/loader access - might be less in low cost areas or if you find an excavation contractor who is short of work, possibly more in some urban areas or if the job has an expensive permit:

1) if you are talking basically power sweeping and some hand raking by a Yard Care company, totalling maybe 1 cubic yard or less to remove dirt from the lawn from construction or thrown up with plowed snow, probably about $150-300 depending on area affected and amount of dirt to be cleaned up.

2) for small quantity - a few to maybe 5-10 cubic yards (a cubic yard is 27 cubic feet) probably around $50/CY with probably a $350-500 minimum charge for the job with an Excavation Contractor or Landscaping Contractor using a dumptruck and bobcat loader or skip loader and a bit of hand raking and shoveling

3) for a truckload or two (say around 10-30CY) can run between $0-15/CY if the Excavation Contractor (Your Search the List category) has some other job he can use the material on or can sell it to a landfill as cover or lining fill - which would imply that it is either all topsoil, or all some other suitable soil without mixing the two together. IF he has to dispose of it somewhere (not sell it to another customer or a contractor looking for fill at a development site) then typically around $15-25/CY ballpark give or take a few $ - up to $25-50/CY range if longish or slow haul (like through or out of a major city urban area to an outlying area, or severe load restrictions) or has to pay a fair amount to dispose of it.

4) for a large quantity - many truckloads with maximum legal size trucks and using pups or large tractor trailer dumpers - typically around $5-10/CY for material that can be readily dug with a front end loader unless he needs it for another job or can resell it easily. If bedrock that has to be ripped with a largish dozer or excavated with a larger backhoe, typically $10-30/CY range depending how easy the excavation is. If requires excavation with a hydraulic impact hammer or blasting commonly in the $50-150/CY range for smallish jobs depending on how hard it comes up.

Note these numbers do NOT include expensive local project permits, hauling or road blocking or traffic protection requirements if a busy street they are coming and going from, or if there are any environmental permits needed for the work. Your local Planning and Zoning department can help with that - usually you need a building or excavation permit if doing over about 10-50 CY of excavation or leaving an embankment or face over 3 feet high depending on locale, and commonly need Planning and Zoning review and maybe public notice if removing more than about 50-500CY (depending on area), leaving a face over 6-10 feet high, or diverting natural drainages or wetlands or such.

Don't forget your utility locates (dial 811 in most areas) - not only so you don't dig some up, but so you are not trafficking over shallow ones that can be damaged by loaded trucks or spinning tracked equipment. And don't let ANYTHING run over your septic system.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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