Trying to buy a house is a huge challenge. The average home stays on the market for fewer than 56 days!
There are so many buyers looking for property and so much competition that getting a seller to accept your offer isn’t easy. But buying pre-built homes isn’t your only option. Many would-be homeowners are choosing to build custom homes on raw land instead.
Doing so lets you get the home of your dreams from the very beginning. But before you can build, you need to hire a land clearing service to prepare the lot for construction.
Here’s what you need to consider before hiring a team.
Understand How They Charge
Every land clearing service will charge different rates. Before you choose a company, try to get quotes from several services in your area.
Compare the base prices in detail. This means looking at their rates, the services they provide for those rates, and any extra costs the company may need to assess for the project.
While it’s tempting to base your decision on price alone, don’t. Instead, choose the company that you’re most comfortable working with. You may end up paying a slightly higher price, but you’ll likely get better service and have a more positive experience.
Look at the Equipment They Use
When you’re looking at different companies, find out what types of land clearing equipment they use. Remember, the goal is to clear your land safely without damaging the landscaping or ecosystems on adjacent properties.
Reputable companies will explain the types of tools and equipment they use without hesitation. In most instances, this will involve heavy equipment like backhoes, mulchers, and tree shears. These tree shears should be properly maintained and in good shape so the crew can work quickly and efficiently.
If the company you’re speaking to uses small-scale equipment or claims to clear the land by hand, keep looking. The project will take far longer and won’t get done properly.
Make Sure They’re Licensed and Insured
Before you agree to work with any company, make sure they’re fully licensed and insured. At a bare minimum, the company should have liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance in place.
They should also have a valid business license with the city or county. This license shows that they’re familiar with local land clearing laws and permitting requirements.
If they refuse to provide proof of insurance or don’t have a valid business license, keep looking for another service.
Choose the Best Land Clearing Service for Your Project
Choosing the best land clearing service takes time. Talk to several companies in your area and consider these key factors with each one.
As long as you take your time and choose the cleaning service that you’re most comfortable with, your property will be in good hands.
Once you get the land cleared, you’ll need to make sure it’s ready for construction. Check out our latest posts for more tips to help you keep your building project on track.