When the foundation of your large exterior project requires a professional excavation contractor that has the equipment and experience to get the job done right the first time, you need Colonial Excavating. As the premier excavating contractor in the Capital Region, Michael J. Anusesky and his local team of professionals provide a wide range of services, including foundation excavation and commercial and residential lot clearing, septic system installation, sewer and water line repair, sewer and water line install, and more.

Colonial Excavating is a locally owned and operated business that is invested in the Capital Region. We service the entire area, from Albany and Schenectady to Latham, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs.

Unlike other excavation businesses, we have our own equipment — and that means we have the resources and expertise you need to manage jobs big and small, whether on a planned or emergency basis. When you choose Colonial Excavating, you’ll partner with a contractor who is present, professional and reliable — and who can do the job right the first time.

When you hire Colonial Excavating, you’ll win the peace of mind that comes from working with an experienced, local contractor who will be there on every project. Owner/operator Michael J. Anusesky is there to provide you with a fair and reasonable consultation, but he is also present on every job site — no matter how big or small. When the job ends, Michael performs the final inspection.


Excavation FAQs

As a locally owned and operated business in New York’s Capital District, Colonial Excavating is committed to providing members of our community with the details they need to make informed decisions for their excavation projects. Here are our answers to a few commonly asked excavation questions:

How Is Earth Excavation Cost Calculated?

Prices fluctuate depending on where you live, but the cost of an excavation project is generally determined by the number of cubic yards of dirt a contractor will need to move. The rate will vary depending on factors like the type of terrain being excavated and the particular contractor, but pricing is typically set based on the costs of labor and machine operation.

On average, the price of a small machine and operator is $125 per hour, while a midsize machine and operator will cost around $200 hourly. Trucking in the necessary equipment costs an average of $90 per hour, and labor averages $55 per hour. Since the demand for these services will vary from job to job, so will the price. In short, the best way to get a more accurate idea of your excavation costs is to contact Colonial Excavation and discuss your project.

How Much Does Excavation Cost for a Pool?

On average, excavation for an in-ground pool can range between $1500 and $3,500. This rate will depend on the size and shape of the pool, as well as the terrain and extra fees. The latter may include costs such as material hauling, which can range between $90 and $200 per hour, or jack hammering out rocky terrain, which can cost up to $500.00/hour.


No job is too big or too small for Colonial Excavating. We service properties ranging in size from large commercial complexes to smaller residential properties. When you need an excavator, Colonial Excavating can help — no matter what or when you need the job done.

Our services include:

Water Line Repair

If your water line needs fixed, you need a water main repair and installation service with specialized experience. Colonial Excavation provides commercial and home water line repair and installation services throughout the Capital District, including Saratoga Springs, Latham and Colonie. Our efficient plumbers and excavators will locate the source of the problem, evaluate the overall integrity of your system and provide service or recommend replacement when necessary.


Whether you are building new or renovating an existing commercial or residential property in the Capital District, get the right start with Colonial Excavating. Our commercial and residential demolition services include mechanical demolition, which is often the fastest and most cost-effective solution. Schedule an on-site estimate with us so we can walk you through the process.

Sewer Repair and Installation

Upstate New York’s cold winters mean settling, freezing and soil shifting can cause severe damage to sewer and water lines, creating costly headaches when left unaddressed. Make Colonial Excavating your source for sewer repair and installation septic services in Saratoga Springs and the rest of the Capital District of NY. Our expert septic services include clearing blocked sewer and water lines, and full repair and replacement services. Colonial Excavating is the sewer and water line repair company that can replace broken, shifted and collapsed pipes, improve flow through sewer and water lines, repair leaky joints, remove invasive tree roots and install brand new systems.

Septic Repair and Installation

Septic lines, tanks and leaching fields can suffer many of the same damages that sewer lines can – except a broken septic system, if left unattended, can wreak havoc throughout your property and structure. Colonial Excavating provides comprehensive septic repair and installation services for businesses and homes in the Capital Region. If you need septic system pumping, line repair, tank replacement or a brand new system, contact Colonial Excavating. Don’t leave septic work to amateurs – call the experts at Colonial Excavating instead.

Commercial and Residential Land Grading

A poorly graded lot can lead to problems with drainage, building integrity and personal safety. Colonial Excavating provides comprehensive residential and commercial grading services that assure your property will stay well-drained and safe. No matter how big or small your grading project, contact us. We can clear land of trees and brush and then grade to your specifications, or re-grade cleared property for future landscaping installation. Call us for an on-site estimate.

Commercial and Residential Lot Clearing and Site Prep

Colonial Excavating provides complete lot clearing and site prep services to homes and businesses from Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa to Clifton Park, Colonie and throughout the Capital District. Our services include land clearing, residential lot clearing, and land grading. When it comes to land-clearing services, Colonial Excavating provides you with the expert and thorough attention you need.

If your property is already clear of trees but needs other services, contact us. Colonial Excavating offers ditch cleaning, brush hogging and brush removal, trenching and backfilling. We own our own equipment and can provide 24-hour services, including emergency land-clearing services. Contact us for an estimate.

Drainage and Dry Well Solutions

When water buildup and flooding is creating problems on your property, contact Colonial Excavating for expertly planned drainage solutions such as French drains. In addition to comprehensive grading services, we also offer dry well installation and repair.


Plant grass quickly on cleared land with hydroseeding services from Colonial Excavating. We offer hydroseeding to residential and commercial lots throughout Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Colonie, Saratoga Springs and the rest of the Capital District.

Additional Services:

In addition to hydroseeding, lot clearing, demolition, and sewer, septic and water line repair and installation, Colonial Excavating also provides asphalt patching, trucking and hauling, backfilling, and brush removal services in the Capital District.

Browse our photo gallery for before and after pictures, and see for yourself why Colonial Excavating is the premier excavating and landscaping company in the Capital Region.

Contact Colonial Excavation

For more information on our excavation services or to receive a free estimate, call Colonial Excavating at 518.369.5947 or contact us online today!