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The Basics of Bidding Excavation Jobs

Jan 19, 2023 | Blog, Job Bidding

A construction project will generally involve numerous types of specialties. Nobody knows how to do everything! That’s why General Contractors hire subcontractors to perform specific parts of the job in which they have expertise. A project generally starts by having to dig into the ground – excavation! Excavation is a specific type of construction work that involves the removal of earth, rock, or other materials in order to prepare a site for building or other uses. Here are a few ways in which excavation jobs differ from other types of construction projects:

Heavy equipment usage: Excavation jobs typically require the use of heavy equipment such as excavators, bulldozers, and dump trucks. These machines are used to dig trenches, remove soil, and move large amounts of materials around the site.

Site preparation: Excavation is often the first step in a construction project, as the site needs to be leveled and prepared for the foundation or other work that will be done.

Underground work: Excavation work often requires digging below the surface of the ground, such as to install utilities or foundations. This type of work may require additional safety precautions and specialized equipment.

Site conditions: Excavation work can be impacted by site conditions such as soil type, rock formations, and underground utilities. These factors can make excavation more difficult and time-consuming.

Safety precautions: Excavation work can be hazardous, and safety precautions must be taken such as trench shoring, slope stabilization, and protective gear.

Overall, excavation jobs are different from other types of construction projects in that they require specialized equipment, skills, and safety measures to remove earth or other materials, and prepare the site for further construction.

When bidding on an excavation job, there are several key steps that should be followed:

Understand the scope of the project: Review the plans and specifications for the job, and visit the site to gain a clear understanding of the work that needs to be done. This is important! Do not just rely on drawings or the word of other contractors. You need to see it and visualize it for yourself.

Gather cost estimates: Determine the cost of labor, equipment, and materials that will be required to complete the job. This will include things like excavation equipment rental, fuel, and labor costs. Make sure your rates are up to date. If you are bidding with old prices, you could get burned. Also make sure you factor in the cost of fuel and maintenance on your own equipment.

Prepare a detailed bid: Using the information gathered, prepare a detailed bid that outlines the scope of the work, the estimated cost of labor and materials, and any other important details. We recommend using a system like ProfitDig to speed up the process and create a professional quality bid more likely to win the job.

Submit the bid: Submit the bid to the project owner or contractor, along with any required documentation such as insurance certificates or licenses.

Follow up: Follow up with the project owner or contractor to ensure that your bid has been received and to answer any questions they may have.

It’s also important to remember that the lowest bid does not always win the job. Factors such as experience, reputation, and references may be considered as well. When you are awarded a job, make sure your work is top notch. Keep your worksite clean. Be professional and courteous in everything you do.