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What Is Site Preparation in Home Building?

You’re dying to see the new house, but the crew hasn’t even started building yet. What’s taking so long? 

More than likely, the crew is involved in site preparation.

Site preparation contains several important steps in the building process, and completing those steps takes time. However, preparation is crucial to the success of your new building. 

Are you curious about the ins and outs of site preparation? We’ll cover all the main points here so you know exactly what’s going on in your lot. 

What Is Site Preparation? 

Site preparation includes several steps that make a lot ready for construction. Although this seems like a simple task, many hours and much labor go into it to ensure the future project is as safe and durable as possible. 

Step 1: Soil Testing

Soil testing typically occurs before individuals purchase a site. In this step, professionals test the soil samples.

The soil impacts the success of the project due to its ability to absorb water and withstand a structure. Some sites are not suitable for specific projects. This step eliminates that doubt. 

Step 2: Clearing

The next step is to clear away unwanted trees, brush or other items that hinder the building process. This step may also include removing structures above and below ground to ready the lot for building. 

Step 3: Planning

Now, crews start planning the design. 

During this step, professionals may consider everything from the home’s placement to septic tanks to parking for construction workers. Further, crews install drainage systems and fixtures to ready for the structure.

Step 4: Geotechnical Site Investigation

During this phase, professionals analyze groundwater, rocks, and soil. Experts use the lot’s data to create an updated design that takes everything into account to create a better, more secure project. 

Step 5: Grading and Compaction

Land grading and drainage force water away from the site, discouraging future flooding and foundation issues.   

Then, crews compact the soil. Compacting the soil allows it to support the future building. This process is important for safety reasons and requires crews to compact the soil accurately. 

At this point, the site is ready for the first steps of the building process.

Why Does It Matter? 

Building a home on a lot requires multiple steps and careful consideration of many factors. 

Site preparation ensures the lot is strong enough to withstand the planned foundation and it minimizes the chances of future damage. That’s why contractors are careful to take everything into account during these phases. 

This process also ensures you and the company follow legal regulations and consider the surrounding environment.

These steps are crucial to your home’s success and to your safety.

Build With a Company You Trust

Site preparation requires careful planning and diligence. Cutting corners results in significant damages later and sometimes even injuries. 

That’s why you need a company you can trust to prepare your lot. 

Do you want the home of your dreams? If so, contact us today. Our professionals never cut corners, and they are committed to creating that dream home you picture without sacrificing the structure’s or your safety. 

Call us today for a free estimate and turn your dream home into a reality.

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Specialty Grading

We are a family-owned and operated business in different areas of Yavapai County such as Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, and Chino Valley for over 20 years since 1995. With the help of our certified and licensed excavating and grading contractors, we take pride in providing our customers with efficient services and excellent value.

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