Backhoe Foundation Excavating Cost


Construction unit cost for an easy foundation hole dug out by a backhoe.

Unit Size

One cubic yard of soil removed.

Labor and Equipment Costs

We figure 20 cubic yards of soil remove per hour of backhoe time (with operator), plus an hour of unskilled labor per 12 cubic yards of soil.

Material Costs

None included

Suggested Quantity

Goldenseal calculates foundation hole volume, based on the area and depth. You can adjust the quantity if a different amount of excavation is required (for example, on sloping ground).

Source of Construction Pricing

This is a "rule of thumb" price based on exact timing from one project.

The price can vary quite a bit depending on project size, soil type, ease of access, season and other project details. You can replace this estimate with a firm subcontractor quote when you receive one.

Places Included

Architect Starter File, Construction Starter File, Developer Starter File.


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