4 Things To Consider When Hiring An Excavation Contractor

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Hiring the right contractor can make or break your project

When it’s time to choose an excavation contractor for your next home or business project, there are many considerations. Cost, experience, availability and reputation are all things that you want to look into before hiring a contractor. At Erdem Excavating, we realize that selecting a contractor is not a simple task. While it can be tempting to go with the lowest bidder, that may end up costing you a lot of money and hassle in the long-run. 

We’re confident that Erdem Excavating provides some of the highest quality excavation work around Victoria and we’re willing to go the extra mile to prove it. Here are some things you should consider when hiring an excavation contractor.


Things to consider when choosing and excavation contractor


1. Experience

This is likely the most important consideration when choosing an excavation contractor in Victoria, Sidney, Langford or anywhere on the South Island. An experienced contractor has worked on a wide variety of jobs from retaining walls to commercial and residential demolition and knows how to deal with issues as they arise. They can foresee potential problems ahead of time and have the skill to not only complete the project successfully and on-budget, but to exceed expectations while doing it.

Before you sign a contract with an excavating company, it’s important to ensure that they have the experience to stand behind their promises.

2. Reviews and Testimonials

Check out what their past customers have to say about them. Reviews on Google, Facebook and other platforms can help build a picture of what kind of business they run. Are there consistent complaints in their review profile? If so, you may want to either steer clear or address the issues with the contractor and ask what they have done to correct course.

3. Equipment

What kind of equipment does the contractor run? Are they primarily using well maintained late-model machinery? The last thing you want at the beginning of your project is for the lowbed to roll up with some hunk of junk excavator that’s going to leak oil all over your site. Who wants to have a project halted for days on end because of an unreliable machine? At Erdem, we recognize that reliable, late-model machinery not only helps us get the job done efficiently, but is part of the overall experience for the customer. From mini excavators through to 250 excavators, dozers and more, we have the machines to get it done right.

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4. Are They Adequately Insured?

It may come as a surprise, but not all excavation contractors have adequate insurance to cover their projects. There are many types of insurance from liability to WCB.  You want to be absolutely sure that you’re working with a business that has appropriate insurance to cover all aspects of their work.

The lowest price isn’t always best.

We get it. It’s tempting to go with the lowest price. There are times when a great contractor comes in at the lowest price, and that’s awesome. The thing is, sometimes a lower price means that the quality of the work won’t be up to standard. You may be subsidizing the education of a newer business owner or operator, or working with an underinsured company or end up with junk equipment on your site.

Look for an excavation company that employs experts at site development. Whether the project is a full subdivision or a small-scale household project, you want a company that that delivers a top-notch finished product with skilled crew members, quality equipment and great service.

As you can see, selecting an excavation contractor in the Greater Victoria area can be a challenge. We’re confident that Erdem has the experience, staff and equipment to get your project done on time and on budget.

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