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Site Clearance

Before anyone enters the site, you must put up signs showing that the site is going to be a Building Site and to inform anyone thinking of entering of the dangers and safety requirements.

It is always advisable to enforce the rule of Hard Hats at all times, therefore do purchase a few extra ones for the people that show up without one.

In order to clear the site and making it ready for the construction you need to hire a site clearance contractor or someone with a digger to do the job for you.

When you are looking at getting a digger, there is one very important point that you have to look into as far as the ground condition. If the digger has to work on a very muddy ground, then you need to get machinery with tracks on them as they can maneuver a lot more easier. If the ground is solid, then you can get a digger with wheels. A digger with wheels can get stuck in mud.

It is always very important to make sure that you have right machinery on site for the job. Ask your local contractor or plant hire place to advice you regarding what you need and never ever operate a machinery if you are not confident that you can handle it. Plant hire places are usually very good with giving you a demonstration and instruction.

You will have to make sure that the area where the house will be positioned is free of any rubble or vegetation that could effect the build in any way, and the area surrounding the house is clear of any material that could be a danger as far as Health & Safety is concerned. If you need to move any of unwanted rubble away from the site, you need to arrange for the transportation and dumping of the material.

Do remember that the excavation for the foundation has to be done according to the Building Regulation and the requirements of your qualified architect or engineer.

Before the top layer and the foundation trenches are dug, do decide where you want to place the extra soil for use later on, plan ahead and it will save you on cost of moving it again. If the soil condition is good, make sure that it is stored in a designated area away from other machinery. This soil can be used for your landscaping at a later stage and could save you having to deliver soil at a later date. The current cost of a lorry load of garden soil is around 200 Euros, depending on which part of the country you reside.

Try and avoid digging for foundations on rainy days as you do not wish to come back to the site next morning waiting for the ready mix lorry and realising that the whole trench is covered in water.

And finally, think about digging for the Services Pipes at this stage as it will save you time and money in the future. Contact ESB and Eircom as far as laying down the pipes. This is a perfect time to put the pipes in and connect later.

You do not want to have to bring back the diggers again and dig everything up at a later time. It could also cost you more as far as getting the machinery on site again. Go to Drains/Pipes.

If you are hiring a digger, the cost would be based on per hour or per day basis. If you are getting a digger with a driver, you could be looking at around 55 Euros an hour, again depending on your location. And if you are hiring a mini digger from a plant hire place, the cost could be around 100 to 120 Euros per day plus vat. Shop around.

If you need to dispose of rubble or rubbish from the site, you might need a skip and the cost again varies on this. You could be looking at around 300 Euros. Make sure that you agree on a time frame and pick up date of the skip.

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