When Luke was little his father had him out at the job site every chance he could. As a result Luke learned at a young age the value of hard work. He also learned a trade that had been passed down for generations in his family, which bonded him closer to his father, who he still works alongside today. He was taught by the best and that being said he has been chomping at the bit to teach our little one the trade. This past fall Dana and I were able to make it out to the job site to visit the guys and bring them a nice yummy lunch. Dana was so excited to see the equipment and jumped at the chance to ride along. After a lesson on safety Luke had her operating equipment (with his help of course). Seeing this bond was so heartwarming, this truly is a family owned and operated company...operated with love!
Thought I would share a few short clips of Stamper and Son Excavating hard at work. Take a look at some of the equipment we have, and some of the many things we can do!
A Blog Written By: Rachel
I had always looked for a man who was hard working. Hard work is in my blood, and it only makes sense that hard work be in my partner's blood as well. When I met Luke I had no idea he would become the hardest working man I have ever met in my life. Work truly is his life, along with family....actually we work as a family, so it's a package deal.
It's was very hard to get used to the idea that Luke usually leaves before 5am and isn't home until 8pm or later each day. However, when I see how exhausted, yet overly happy he is to have gotten so much done in a days work, it makes me happy. He does all he can to support our family, to grow his business and complete so many long lasting projects, making lifelong customers along the way. He comes home and tells us all about the beautiful work he is doing. He comes home and plans, calculates, and prepares for the next day of work. He is so in love with his profession, and takes so much pride in what he does. I think if we all had jobs we loved, as much as Luke loves excavating, the world would be an amazing place!
If you are looking for someone to take on a project that is special to you, I can guarantee if you chose Stamper and Son Excavating, your project will be just as special to Luke. He will show up early, get things done, and make sure you are completely satisfied with what he's done...because Luke is a "finisher" just like his father, his uncles, and his grandfather, it's in their blood.
You have a driveway that has been chipping away for years, it's brittle, looks bad, and the pot holes could swallow your car whole. You finally decide replacing it is the only option! Of course being the knowledgeable homeowner you are, you decide to get multiple bids. After all, the money you are putting into this new driveway was hard to come by, and you want a great price and finished product in the end!
After getting your multiple bids (it's best to have a minimum of 3) you are ready to decide which Contractor to go with. Here's the tough part, do you grab the cheapest bid, hope for the best, and accept. I mean after all you are saving $2,500! Or do you carefully look at each bid, weigh the price but also weight the quality, the company, and the finishing expectations?
Price is very important, but just as important is the quality of the job. On a low bid you may end up with a finished project that isn't up to par and wouldn't last more than a few years. In that case, in the long run it isn't worth saving a few bucks now to then have to replace everything a few years down the road. Also, Be sure to look at the materials that are going to be used and do the research to make sure you are getting what you want.
Another very important thing to consider is your first impression of the Contractor as well. This may not seem important, but remember, depending on the project you may be communicating with this person for months! You should make sure you can communicate clearly, and can understand the Contractor. If your Contractor shows up in a truck that is falling apart, with tools sitting in the back completely rusted. He parks on your lawn steps out with a cigarette in his mouth, holes in his shoes, bids the job, while barely talking to you, then leaves without shaking your hand, it may be a good idea not to go with his bid, even if it is the lowest.
Look closely at what the bid includes. Some bids may include clean up and finishing work (seeding grass, removal of debris etc...) where others may not. Some bids may not include everything to finish the project, meaning if you accept and start the project then realize the Contractor didn't include something you need, he could add it in at an extra cost, bringing your final total up from the initial bid.
Finally, just as a tip, if a low bid is extremely low compared to the other bids you received in comparison, there may be something seriously wrong. Always be on the look out for Contractors who promise a lot for a little price, you may end up getting little in the end! The best advice I can give, is to pick a bid somewhere in the middle. Go with the polite guy who shook your hand and answers your calls, the one who explained the entire job to you, the one who will finish and leave you with an end result you love that will last for years....even if his price is a little higher than the lowest bid!
A Blog Written By Rachel:
When I first met Luke and he told me he was in the excavating business I thought "What? Like digging up dinosaurs?" I had no clue what excavation was, or that it was even a professional career! I found out quickly that my first impression was completely wrong...
Excavating requires a lot of technical skill, and is a very "dirty" job. To the average person who knows nothing of construction, you wouldn't even think about how your wooded lot turns into a flat piece of land with a hole in it, ready for your basement. I myself don't have the full knowledge of what excavating entails (I handle all of the paperwork in a nice clean office). Therefore, I found a great article that breaks down what an Excavating Contractor does, and what you should know as a home/ business owner! I hope the link below helps in some way on your journey to hiring an Excavating Contractor for your needs.
What is an Excavating Contractor!