When it comes to earthworks, you have several options: You can do it yourself, but you can also have it dredged. In this article, you can read about the general costs and where there are cost traps.
Have an excavator or rent an excavator?
Basically, there are three ways to carry out excavation work:
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- rent a mini excavator and dig it yourself
- rent an excavator with a driver or
- have the excavation work carried out by a professional company
The costs for this are of course quite different.
Basically, the variant of digging yourself is of course the cheapest. The rental prices for a mini excavator are usually around 100 - 120 EUR per day, with slightly larger excavators they are consistently higher.
If you rent for longer periods than a day, the costs often decrease. Converted to a day, you can assume around 80 EUR per day.
Make sure, however, that you have to factor in additional costs: You have to buy fuel and also dispose of the excavated earth.
Rent an excavator with a driver
In order to be able to take the driver into account, billing is usually done by the hour. You have to assume costs in the range between 60 and 90 EUR per hour. You have to dispose of the excavated material yourself (for a fee).
It is worth trying to dig yourself, even if you work very slowly as a beginner.
Leave the cost of dredging
The costs for a complete excavation including the disposal of the soil are slightly higher than for renting with a driver, but are mainly based on the conditions on site. Beware of unpleasant surprises: If the soil condition is not as expected (for example particularly stony), very high costs can arise here, which are often well above the offer price.
Bear in mind that a landscaping farmer, for example, has more options to dispose of excavated material and can therefore dispose of it comparatively cheaper. You should always take this into account when comparing costs.Tips & Tricks You can find important tips for digging yourself in this post. When digging yourself, pay particular attention to safety, working speed always comes second.