If you have an earthmoving project coming up, you may be wondering whether it is better to hire a contractor or do the classic Kiwi DIY version. Although it may seem easy and satisfying to hire equipment and move dirt, the process of earthmoving can be a lot more complicated than you can handle yourself. Whether you are going to be laying a house foundation, installing a pool, digging a drainage ditch, or carrying out a landscaping project, working with an expert is the safest way to get your job done.

 Here are some reasons why you should consider working with a contractor vs DIY.

The project will be completed quickly

No one wants an excavation project that takes forever. You want it completed right, but you also want it done within a reasonable time frame. Professionals will ensure they complete the project as soon as they can. They can estimate how long it will take and follow through efficiently and easily with a timeline. Although this can change depending on factors such as the weather, contractors will always have a backup plan to ensure everything gets completed promptly. If you or your friend are carrying out this earthmoving project, you may not have the appropriate equipment to get it moving with any speed. Also, you could run into unexpected delays that may cause serious problems. With a professional contractor, they will do their best no matter what happens to stick to their plan and promises so that the job gets done fast and well.

The price will decrease

Many people think that they will not be able to afford using a professional earthmoving company. And as odd as this sounds, this is actually going to decrease costing of any project. Firstly, if you were to do this yourself the machinery required to do the job is expensive. Yes you can hire, however if you do not know the ins and outs of heavy equipment operations it is highly recommended using a contractor from start to finish. You may end up with a project that goes over budget and takes longer than expected if you do not have a frame of reference and rough estimate of the costs. Contractors can provide you with the time frame and costs as they have the experience to understand the scope of the project. This can make you much less likely to encounter unpleasant surprises throughout the course of your project. Secondly, inexperience can cause you to damage the machine, which would cost you dearly. It just isn’t worth the worry.

Safety will increase

Grading and excavating can be dangerous, especially if you do not know what you are doing. Unfortunately it is quite easy to hit electrical lines, water lines, sewer lines, and gas lines if you do not know where they lie under your property. Thanks to a contractor’s experience and skill, they know how to do an earthmoving job in the safest manner. They have the extensive knowledge on problems such as how to work properly with different soils, whether it be rocky, muddy or wet. They can advise the best ways to remove obstacles, and what kind of structures can be put in specific areas. And if you do run into unanticipated issues, your contractor can problem solve for you. Their expertise cannot be beaten! On the other hand, if you were to run into a problem when excavating yourself you are going to have to call a professional for help. Take note that you could also be risking your personal safety and others. There’s a possibility of rolling the machine you using over, and even hitting or swinging the boom into someone. Wouldn’t it be easier to save yourself the stress and just hire a contractor to begin with?

Advanced experience and knowledge

Experts know the challenges you may face when carrying out an earthmoving project. It is possible that tree roots, huge rocks or even hidden pipes could be exposed while digging the ground. With something like this happening, you may end up having to call a professional anyways. An excavation contractor has the experience and knowledge to respond and solve the problems.

They have the right machinery

It is important you know what type of machinery your project requires and how to operate it to perform an earthmoving job safely and efficiently. It can be a huge hazard to your safety and can result in expensive damage to the property if you do not use the right equipment or handle it property. If you were to use a professional excavation company, they are already equipped with a variety of equipment to handle both big and small projects. They know what they will need, and their team are experienced and qualified to use the machine in the right manner.

They know the permits/consents required

There may be a number of permits your project will need depending on local regulations, the project type and the property type. These are rules for your job, for example how you deliver and remove materials, how much noise your project can create, and what hours you are allowed to work. Council regulations also come into play, such as the RMA (resource management act), dust suppression, the iwi, and more. Getting through the paperwork and sticking to it can be difficult if you haven’t had a lot of experience in that area beforehand. Thanks to the licenced experts, they have had a lot of experience with this sort of thing. They know how to deal with the necessary paperwork and how to follow the procedures in accordance with local rule.

They have insurance

You are completely liable if you cause any damage while carrying out a DIY project. This can be expensive. For some, it can be enough to call for tools down. If you were to be working with a contractor, you can be rest assured that their insurance will cover the cost if any unlikely event of damage happens.



Finding the right contractor for your job

It will require a bit of research to find the right contractor for your project. You will need to ensure you’re getting a qualified company for the job at hand, that they have good reviews of service and reliability, that you won’t be faced with any surprise charges or fees for the work to be completed, and has the experience necessary to get the job done quickly and safely. Then go ahead and give them a call. If you don’t know where to start, feel free to get in touch with Pronto Hire on 0800 PRONTO and they will advise a good contractor to use!