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Step six - Schedule Excavator to Prepare Building Site
As soon as building permits have been secured, contact your excavator to schedule a start date for site preparation. Make this date one to two weeks in the future. This allows utilities enough time to mark the area for underground cables, but does not allow so much time that stakes get pulled out or lost. Kids love those flags.
Meet the excavator at the building site before excavation begins. Together you can check to see that the survey stakes remain in place, that the underground cables are clearly marked, and that the entrance for the driveway is known. Also, let the excavator know where to place the topsoil when the building site is scraped. Make sure the area you designate for this will not interfere with construction, deliveries and utility installations. The utility companies will not work around piles of debris or soil, so keep their pathways clear.
This is also the right time to work with the excavator to set the height of the foundation. The excavator will dig the foundation according to the height set by municipalities and the information given to you when you received your building permits. Given the elevation for the top of the foundation and a benchmark (many municipalities use the center of the road), the excavator can figure the depth to which to dig the foundation. If the municipality does not set the height, work with the excavator to determine the proper height based on the terrain of the property and the ability to spread extra excavation material evenly around the building lot.
Important questions to ask the excavator when you schedule site preparation:
Do I need to confirm this start date? If so, when?
Do I need to order or have any materials delivered to the building site?
How should I mark tree stumps and shrubs that are to be removed?
Do I need to mark the driveway entrance to the property?
When will the site preparation be completed?