Cost to Excavate Driveway

Updated: January 2015

Driveway Excavation Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Driveway Excavation Labor
Direct labor expenses to excavate driveway . Includes planning, job equipment and material acquisition, area preparation, setup and cleanup.
13.3 hours$383.27$1,008.44
Driveway Excavation Debris Disposal Costs
Costs to load and haul away old materials and installation waste.
Driveway Excavation Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: skid loader with excavation | demolition | loading attachment..

Totals - Cost to Excavate Driveway - 500 Square Feet $943.17$1,678.04
Average Cost Per Square Foot  $1.89$3.36

Looking for a fast, accurate estimate of the cost to Excavate Driveway? This FREE online calculator uses the latest material costs, unit productivity rates and region specific wages to create instant, no-obligation estimates for your Driveway Excavation project. For a basic 500 square feet project in zip code 47474, the cost to Excavate Driveway averages $1.89 - $3.36 per square foot* - but costs in your area will vary. To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Location Enter the location is where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.

NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


Cost to Excavate Driveway - Notes and General Information

Homewyse cost estimates are "ballpark" ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Driveway Excavation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Driveway Excavation jobs.

The cost estimate does not include:

  • Unless explicitly noted in the description of work, this Driveway Excavation estimate does NOT include costs for relocating, repairing, modifying or enhancing existing structural, HVAC, electrical, ventilation and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Driveway Excavation. Add 11% to 19% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Excavate Driveway - References

Driveway Excavation - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the high end of the estimated price range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor and for complex or rush projects. Hire carefully, only after verifying prior work quality.

For the best value on Driveway Excavation: combine related projects; get bids from several pros; and be flexible about project scheduling.

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