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Here’s How Much Clearing Land Cost

Do you have any land clearing plans to build a house? Not sure about how much it cost to clear and prepare a construction site?

Lot clearing is an essential part of building a house or a property. It’s a common activity for those who want to make better use of their land. 

The average cost to clear land is $500-$2,000 for lightly wooded acres with some large tree removal. 

Heavily wooded lands, on the other hand, may cost up to $5,600 per acre.

Read on to find out more about land clearing costs and the factors associated with them.

Factors That Affect Land Clearing Cost

Land clearing is the first of any property building project. Land construction only begins after the site has been cleared, graded, and prepared for structure building.

As a site preparation step, the cost to clear land to build varies depending on the following factors:

  • Land area
  • Tree density and sizes
  • Rocks, brush, stumps, and other debris
  • Existing surface and underground structures
  • Time of the year

Lot Clearing Process

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Lot Survey  

During a land survey activity, you have to compare your actual lot to the project blueprints and outline the boundaries. Heavy rocks and vegetation must be completely removed to do this step effectively.

Average cost: $575

Demolition of Existing Structures

If the land has existing structures such as homes, sheds, and other remains of previously removed buildings, you’ll need to completely remove them.

Any existing structures and debris must be demolished and removed. 

Average cost: $1,000

Demolition of Underground Infrastructure

Remains of a concrete foundation and underground infrastructures such as water systems, pipes, wiring, must be removed before the site construction begins.

Average cost: $1,000-$5,000

Gas line installation- $200-$500

Water line installation- $1,500-$2,000

Removal Of Timbers And Brushes (Per Acre)

This step involves tree removal as well. Usage of the correct machinery is crucial to completely remove trees, stumps, underbrushes, and other debris.

Average cost: 

Tree removal- $500-$2,000 per acre (lightly wooded areas), $3,000 and $5,600 per acre (heavily wooded areas)

Stump grinding- $400 for every 20” stump

Brush and debris removal- $200-$600

Erosion Control And Resloping

Newly-cleared lots are typically prone to soil erosion, hence the need for control measures. Resloping the land is also a must to prevent flooding and ensure an even construction site. 

Average cost:

Erosion control- $10 per 4” section

Reslopin- $989 per 1,000 sq. ft. area

Land Grading

After the removal of vegetation, bushes, and trees, as well as erosion control procedures, the next step is to grade the land. 

In some cases, the installation of drills and septic systems is also done here. 

Average cost: 

Grading and dirt replacement- $19.59-43.29 per sq. ft.

Grading only $4.37-$5.41 per square foot

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“Can I clear my own land?”

With the costs stated above, you might be asking yourself this question. 

If you have enough skills, experience, and machinery for lot clearing, then it’s fine. Otherwise, leave the job in the hands of an expert.

Specialty Grading is here to help you with your site preparation needs

Before you start building your new house, give us a call first to experience our first-class clearing services.

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