4 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Excavator

Are you overwhelmed by the task of interviewing for excavator hire for excavation and sorting through the many proposals or bids you have received for the advertised job? You aren’t alone. When hiring out excavator work, a lot of people become stumped when they realise they don’t know the proper questions to ask.

Hiring a crew to do a job that you aren’t equipped to complete on your own presents a challenging task. If you aren’t familiar with the work- how do you know what to ask about? Below, we will outline 4 of the most important interview questions for hiring an excavator and why you need to make sure you touch on them during the interview process.


1.Will an Operator be Included?

Many excavator crews will rent out their equipment or rent out their crew and equipment. A lot of “low- ball” bids are submitted for construction tasks based on the cost of renting the equipment alone. This is not an oversight- a low bid gets your attention. They figure they can throw in the added cost of hiring a crew later, when the official contracts are being signed. Of course, if you ask about any additional fees for hiring a crew ahead of time, they have to provide that information before you have already made up your mind on their services. This leaves you space to figure in their “real” bid while still exploring other options.

2. Is Clean-Up Included?

Excavation work is dirty work. Often, individuals hire excavator crews and then are left frustrated when the work is completed and their project area is left in disarray. Unless the contract specifically states that the excavation crew will clean up after themselves, they don’t have to do so. Make sure you get that in writing.

 3.Are Buckets and Accessories Included?

This is another way that excavator businesses like to disguise their bids at the lowest point possible. All too often, a project manager will hire an excavator and crew only to be greeted on the first day with, “Oh, you need our auger, too? Well that will cost extra.” Make sure you are given a clear outline of what equipment will be needed and get it in writing that the use of their own equipment and accessories will be included in the cost of the job.

4.Do you Guarantee Your Time Frame?

If an excavator crew tells you they will have the work done in thirty days, make sure that time frame is guaranteed. Often, hired crews will give a time frame, but then become overbooked, pushing back lower paying jobs to give preferential treatment to higher paying contracts or time- guaranteed contracts. You want to make sure that your project stays on its time frame, regardless of what your hired crew may encounter.

Being prepared with the right set of interview questions can make the hiring process a smoother transition for all involved. Knowing the tricks of the trade can protect your timeline as well as your wallet.


ATG Excavation can provide you with a range of excavators and skid steers to ensure you can get through your next DIY job.

Contacts us today at www.atgexcavation.com/contact or call 0407 085 660 to hire a Cat 1.7T today or any of our other excavators.

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