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Property Grading

Residential and Commercial Property Grading

Property grading refers to the process of leveling or shaping the land's surface to achieve proper drainage and ensure stability for construction projects. It is crucial to hire a professional, experienced company for property grading projects due to the technical expertise and knowledge required. At Excalibur Land Services, we have the necessary experience to handle such projects efficiently and effectively. Different types of property grading include rough grading, which involves initial earthwork and land shaping, and finish grading, which focuses on the final surface preparation. Before beginning a property grading project, our team will look at several factors such as soil composition, slope analysis, erosion control, environmental impact, and compliance with local regulations. Hiring a professional company like Excalibur Land Services ensures a comprehensive assessment of these considerations, resulting in a successful and compliant project completion.

our process


Site Assessment: We begin by conducting a thorough assessment of the site, considering factors such as soil composition, topography, drainage patterns, and any existing structures or utilities. This assessment helps determine the appropriate grading approach.


Design and Planning: Based on the site assessment, we will develop a grading plan that outlines the desired changes to the land's topography. The plan considers factors such as slope, drainage patterns, erosion control measures, and any specific requirements or regulations.


Earthwork and Excavation: The next step involves earthwork and excavation to shape the land as per the grading plan. This may involve removing or adding soil, cutting or filling slopes, and creating proper contours to achieve the desired grading result.


Drainage Installation: Proper drainage is crucial to prevent water accumulation and erosion issues. We will install an appropriate drainage systems, such as French drains, catch basins, or swales, to ensure efficient water management and prevent water damage.


Erosion Control Measures: To mitigate erosion risks, erosion control measures like retaining walls, riprap, or erosion control blankets may be installed. These measures help stabilize the soil and prevent soil erosion during and after the grading process.


Finishing and Surface Preparation: After the grading is complete, we will focus on surface preparation. This includes fine grading to achieve a smooth and even surface, removing any debris or rocks, and ensuring proper compaction of the soil.


Final Inspections and Compliance: After completion, we will conduct final inspections to ensure that the project meets all regulatory requirements and complies with local codes and ordinances. This step ensures that the property is safe, functional, and compliant.


Customer review: We will thoroughly review the work that was completed and ensure that you are 100% satisfied that the job meets or exceeds your expectations.



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The biggest complement we can get from one of our clients is a good review and a referral. We genuinely care about everyone we do business with and take the time to make sure each customer feels like they are getting the highest quality service at a fair price.

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Excalibur's Bryan Warman and crew planned and constructed a new outdoor entry area and side yard walkway at our Queen Anne home, including concrete debris removal, regrading, adding a retaining wall and crushed stone base, and bringing in expert cement masons to pour a new entry and sidewalk -- all while protecting an extensive irrigation and electrical lighting system. Completed project is attractive, safer and much more functional.

T. Finn

Was great working with Excalibur. Their crew was awesome, always asking if they were doing the job to my satisfaction. They came out and cleaned up 10 acres of overgrown property that you could barely walk through. Their mulching machinery is very impressive and highly effective. I plan to have them do more work for me in the future.

Dean Justice

Great communication from the get go, great price for shed pad and very professional with the end result being spectacular! The shed installers commented on pad construction and attached photo shows end result. Services: Concrete masonry, Yard grading, Grading & resloping

Kathie Schultz

Overgrown field mowing. On time, on price. Very easy to work with. Will do business again.

Eugene Hill

Bryan and his crew were very professional and courteous. They arrived on time, did the grading required and did an excellent job of cleanup when they were done. We were very pleased with the job.

Tom Montgomery

Bryan and his whole team was very helpful, fast and did a tremendous job. I think the driver went a little over our allotted 4 hours but don't tell the boss. I would highly recommend reaching out to Excalibur for any land clearing needs. Great Job!!!

Ian Kilpatrick

Excellent customer service and quality of work. Professional. Fair pricing. Highly recommended.

Renee P.

Demolition and removal of a burned home.

Robert Lade


We understand that navigating your next project can be complex, which is why we have compiled a collection of frequently asked questions and their answers to provide you with clear and concise information.

Whether you're seeking details about our services, equipment, environmental considerations, or project timelines, this FAQ section aims to provide the answers you need. If you have any additional inquiries or require personalized assistance, our knowledgeable team is just a phone call or email away.

We're here to help you make informed decisions and ensure your concrete project needs are met with professionalism, efficiency, and environmental responsibility.

Can property grading be done in all seasons?

Property grading can be done in all seasons, but the ideal timing may depend on the specific weather conditions, and the scope of the project. Here are some considerations regarding property grading in different seasons: Spring and Summer: These seasons are generally favorable for property grading due to the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. The drier conditions make it easier to work with the soil and facilitate proper compaction. However, heavy rainfall during spring and summer can cause delays or challenges in managing water runoff and erosion control. It's essential to monitor weather forecasts and plan accordingly. Fall: Fall can be a good time for property grading, the cooler temperatures and more stable weather conditions are conducive to outdoor work. Additionally, the fall season often brings less rainfall compared to spring and summer, reducing the risk of water-related issues during the grading process. Winter: Property grading during winter can be more challenging especially when there is significant snowfall. Frozen ground and snow cover can impede the grading process and compaction of soil. However, certain grading activities like rough grading may still be possible in milder winter conditions. It's important to note that property grading can be performed year-round in some cases, depending on the urgency of the project and the local climate. Factors such as soil moisture, frost, or extreme weather conditions may affect the feasibility and efficiency of grading work. Excalibur is experienced in completing property grading year round in Washington State. We can assess the site, consider seasonal factors, and provide guidance on the optimal timing for your property grading project. We will take into account weather patterns, soil conditions, and potential challenges to ensure the project's success.

Can property grading help improve drainage on my land?

Yes, property grading can significantly improve drainage on your land. Proper grading is essential for managing water flow and preventing issues such as water pooling, flooding, or soil erosion. Through grading, the land's surface is shaped to create proper slopes and contours that direct water away from structures, towards designated drainage areas, or into appropriate drainage systems. This helps to control and manage the flow of water, preventing water accumulation and ensuring efficient drainage. By regrading the land, we can address areas with poor drainage and redirect water away from vulnerable spots. This can involve cutting slopes to create positive drainage, establishing swales or channels to guide water, or implementing grading techniques that promote water flow in desired directions. Moreover, property grading can also involve the installation of additional drainage systems, such as French drains, catch basins, or subsurface drainage pipes. These systems work in conjunction with proper grading to further enhance drainage capabilities. Schedule a free on site visit from our team and we can assess the specific drainage issues on your land and develop a comprehensive grading plan that addresses those concerns. We can evaluate the existing conditions, identify problem areas, and recommend the most effective grading techniques and drainage solutions to improve the overall drainage on your property.

Will property grading require any additional landscaping or restoration work?

Property grading may require additional landscaping or restoration work, depending on the extent of the grading, the specific project goals, and the condition of the site before grading. During the grading process, the land's surface is often modified, which can result in the disturbance or removal of existing vegetation, topsoil, or landscaping features. This can leave the site in need of restoration or landscaping efforts to achieve the desired aesthetic appeal and functionality. Some common landscaping and restoration activities that may be required after property grading include: Reseeding or sodding: If existing vegetation is removed or damaged during grading, reseeding or laying new sod may be necessary to establish a healthy lawn or ground cover. Planting new vegetation: Grading may involve clearing areas where trees, shrubs, or other plants were present. Replanting these areas or adding new vegetation can help restore the natural beauty and provide necessary landscaping elements. Erosion control measures: Grading can expose bare soil, making it susceptible to erosion. Implementing erosion control measures, such as installing erosion control blankets, retaining walls, or vegetation reinforcement, may be necessary to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion. Landscaping enhancements: Property grading presents an opportunity to enhance the overall landscape design. This may involve adding features like retaining walls, terraces, pathways, or decorative elements to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the property. Before we begin any property grading project we will discuss with you your landscaping and restoration expectations. We can provide recommendations and incorporate any necessary restoration work into the project plan. Additionally, we can ensure that the post-grading landscaping is well-designed and complements the newly graded land.

Will property grading affect the existing landscaping or vegetation on my property?

Property grading can potentially affect existing landscaping or vegetation on your property. The extent of the impact depends on the specific grading requirements and the condition of the existing landscape. During the grading process, it may be necessary to remove or trim vegetation in the area where grading is taking place. This is typically done to allow access for machinery and equipment, ensure proper grading, and minimize potential damage to the vegetation. Additionally, grading can alter the natural contours and slopes of the land, which may affect drainage patterns and water flow. This can have indirect consequences for the health and survival of certain plants or trees that rely on specific moisture levels or drainage conditions. At Excalibur, we will take measures to minimize the impact on existing landscaping and vegetation as much as possible. This may involve carefully marking and protecting sensitive vegetation, implementing erosion control measures to prevent soil erosion around plants, and employing proper grading techniques to minimize disturbances. During the planning phase of your project, we will ask you if preserving specific plants or trees is a priority and work with you to find solutions and strategies to minimize the impact on the existing landscaping and vegetation while still achieving the necessary grading objectives. Overall, property grading can have an impact on existing vegetation, but with proper planning and communication, we can help mitigate these effects to the best extent possible.

How much does property grading cost?

The cost of property grading can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the size and complexity of the project, the condition of the land, the required equipment and labor, and the location. Other factors that can impact the cost include the need for additional services like drainage installation, erosion control measures, or landscaping. As grading projects are often unique to each property, it is challenging to provide an exact cost without specific project details. However, property grading costs are typically estimated based on factors such as the amount of earthwork involved (cutting or filling), the type of equipment required, the duration of the project, and any additional services or materials needed. To get an accurate estimate of your specific project, contact the team at Excalibur. We are always here to help.

How long does a property grading project typically take?

The duration of a property grading project can vary depending on various factors, including the size of the land, the complexity of the grading required, and the specific conditions of the site. Generally, smaller projects may take a few days to a couple of weeks, while larger and more intricate projects can extend to several weeks or even months. It's important to note that property grading is often part of a broader construction or development project, and the timeline for the entire project will depend on multiple factors beyond grading alone. This can include factors such as site preparation, utility installations, landscaping, and any additional construction or development work. To get a more accurate estimate of the timeline for your specific property grading project, give us a call and schedule a free on site assessment. We can look at the scope of work, and provide you with a timeline based on our experience and expertise.