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Estimate or Consultation? What’s the Difference?

​Estimate or Consultation? What’s the Difference?

If you’re a home or business owner, chances are that you have requested estimates for repairs to your home or building. You may think that estimates are quick, easy and provided free of charge, which most are. However, if your project involves addressing drainage and/or grading problems, building a retaining wall or excavating for a foundation, you need more than an estimate. You need a consultation with a civil engineer who will ensure that your project is completed as efficiently and safely as possible.

Proper Retaining Wall Design and Construction

Retaining Wall Design and Construction

Proper retaining wall design and construction can help make usable space out of a steep slope, provide a place for landscape plantings and even create a level area for a driveway. With proper retaining wall design, you can build a long-lasting and functional structure that will add value to your home or business. Important considerations in retaining wall design and construction are height and length, suitable base, properly compacted backfill and efficient drainage.

Picking the Right Foundation For Your Project

Picking the Right Foundation

Do you know the purpose of a foundation? There are a few main reasons behind having a foundation. The first reason is that the foundation is built to support the load of the house. The house needs to stay under the foundation’s bearing capacity. Second reason to have a foundation is to keep the ground water out of your house. Damp foundations make your foundation weaker, drainage material like sand and gravel allow the water to pass through instead of getting stuck and pooling. Waterproof seals are not enough to fix a bad drainage system.

How to Find the Right Excavation Contractor

Excavation Contractor

Almost every home or commercial construction project starts with digging. From site grading to trenching to full-on foundation excavation, it all starts with earth movers and diggers. Because the rest of the project is built on top of this, it also means that having a well-done excavation is critical to the project. As an excavator ourselves, here’s what we recommend to look for in the right excavation contractor, regardless of if you’re inside or outside our service area.

Excavation: Replacing the Water Supply Line

Open Cut Trench and water supply line pipe.

The water line to your building is a vital part of your infrastructure: but what if it stops working? Today we look at the problems that cause the need for replacing the water supply line and focus particularly on the excavation process and the costs that can turn a basic open cut trench into an expensive process requiring heavy machinery.

The Process of a Sewer Line Excavation

Sewer Line Excavation

Many homeowners look at their home as an island, isolated from their surroundings. However, the power, internet, and other utilities are piped in, and some in literal pipes. Buried under the surface of every home’s lawn are utility pipes, and one of the critical ones is the sewage line. While some connect to septic tanks and fields, a majority pipe directly to the sewer mains through sewer lines. This article covers the process for sewer lines, focusing on the necessary excavation for the process and the cooperation between plumbing and excavation contractors to accomplish it.

Budgeting for Contractor Projects

Budgeting for a Project

Everyone wants to improve their land, be it a makeover for their home’s backyard or the grounds of their office. The question is can you afford it? Today New England Enterprises talks about budgeting: planning out the cost of your project to know what’s within your price range, and to get a better understanding of what makes up a contractor’s estimate. The following budgeting tips are geared towards excavation and landscape construction, our own specialties.

What is The Scope of Work of Your Project?

Plan of garden land

If you’re looking to get the most out of your landscaping, excavation, or construction project, it pays to plan ahead. One of the major parts of any project between a customer and a contractor is working out exactly what your project will be. This is known as a scope of work. By spending a little time working on this as a client, you’ll make the initial contact and consultation parts of working with a contractor much easier and make sure your contractor is the right fit for your project. While you can’t complete the entire scope of work along, there are a few things to plan out in advance.