Map out the area for the building. Completely clear growth and debris from the building space, including an area 10 feet around it on all sides. Remove all plant roots. Apply herbicide to any nonremovable roots. Re-establish the grade where the building will go as close to level as practical.
Clear a space near a road or other point of access. Utilize a place designated for a driveway, garage or other cleared space. Use the space to stockpile the plant debris and other waste material. Keep the amount of debris in the stockpile at a minimum. Large piles can be a fire hazard.
Remove and relocate the undesired growth and debris on the rest of the property outside the building area to the space cleared in Step 2.
Haul away and discard the debris stockpiled on the property. Rough-grade the disturbed places on the property and leave it in a clean and orderly condition.
- Contract with a professional if the job seems too large or complex. Online matching and screening services (see Resources) can help you find a contractor.
- Wear protective gear and clothing if you do the work yourself.
- Stump removal is particularly tricky, and you may need to hire a professional. In any event, you will need heavy equipment such as a backhoe, as roots are not going to be easy to sever with merely a shovel.
- Check with your local waste management authority to see if brush removal is part of your service. Even if the service charges a fee, it's likely to be much cheaper than hiring a contractor for the same purpose.