Just as houses and buildings need contractors to build them, the land before the construction starts needs to be cleared out, leveled and graded as well. This is a job for excavation contractors. 

Excavation contractors are part of the pre-construction phase of the building process. 

Below are a few tasks that are part of, but not limited to, an excavation contractors job. 

What is Excavation? 

You’ve seen the heavy machinery with buckets and claws, but do you know what is actually taking place when it comes to excavation

Excavation is the removal of dirt, debris and rock for the purpose of construction. 

Excavation includes digging holes, grading and leveling land for:

  • New Homes
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Roads
  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Pools
  • Landscaping
  • Drainage, pipes and sewage lines
  • Foundations

It is crucial to construction, engineering and the architectural design of whatever is going to be built that the ground be properly cleaned, leveled and graded.

When it comes to excavating and grading these two terms might seem interchangeable but they are two different phases in the pre-construction stage. 

excavation contractor

What Does the Excavating Job Entail? 

The work of an excavation contractor is dirty work, literally. 

Excavation comes into play during the first phase of the phase. This means they prepare the site by removing rocks, dirt and debris to mark and create a clear area for the project. They also ensure the entire construction site is cleared for workers, materials and machinery. 

The excavators take great care in site preparation to make sure the rest of the project runs as smoothly as possible. 

What Does the Grading Contractor Do?

Even though these are different jobs, the excavating contractor can also be a grading contractor. Our company, Grant’s General Contracting, we do demolition, land clearing and clean up, excavation, grading and leveling. 

The next phase after clearing out the land is grading, leveling and smoothing out the land for the construction site. A grading contractor uses heavy machinery with a spade like attachment such as a backhoe to spread and level out the land. 

Other Responsibilities

Along with those aspects mentioned above the contractors also have other important responsibilities that go along with the job. 

Surveying the Site

This is one of the most important parts of the job because making sure the site is okay for construction kicks off the entire project. 

They will look for things like the slope of the land, kind of soil and underlying structure. The contractor will also review the wildlife population and the distance to the next human or wildlife area. 

This also helps them figure out what machinery will be used, and how many people they will need to take care of their portion of the job. 


Depending on the regulations of the construction site location, the contractors will need to obtain local and state permits that grant them access to start the project. 

As soon as the permits are granted they can start the project immediately. 

Have a Project in Mind?

If you have a vision, we’d love to help you take your project to the next level by bringing valuable knowledge, experience and insight. 

Want to know if you’re in our service area? Give us a call or search for “Excavation Contractor Oregon” to see if we pop up in your area.

Whether you need us for demolition, land clearing, excavation or grading we guarantee that we bring a professional team that is dedicated to client satisfaction and client needs. Contact us today to talk about your dream project!