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Most people building houses these days can't afford to spend a mint on excavation work. Changing the contours of a lot or bringing in topsoil can quickly bust the budget on a new house project. But there are several areas where I believe spending extra money up front for a quality job will result in money saved down the road. Clearing The Site Before work begins, I think it's important that a site-work professional come in to clear the site. This may look like it's costing you a little extra, but in the long run it will save you and the owners money. Occasionally the owners want to do the clearing themselves. Discourage this. Chances are they'll cut the trees and have someone come in with