Got a call to bid a condo association for mowing, snowplowing, and pruning. The place had 21 units layed out on 4 streets. Each unit is approx. 4-5000 sq ft of grass ,has 6 shrubs, and a single drive to plow plus a 20 ft sidewalk to shovel. The road to plow is approx 1/4 mile total. So I check it out to prepare a bid and figure each unit at $20 for mowing ($420) ,$75 each for pruning ($1575) ,and $350 for snowplowing. The president ( a nice elderly man ) says to me ,you are way over our other bids. We continue to discuss the job and he pulls out his binder with all the bids. He proceeds to show me the bids, for grass they reanged from $129 to $200 with the guy that is doing it now at $165. The shrub bids were an avg of $200, and the snow was an avg of $195. How in the world can anyone mow these for $8 per unit, prune for $10 per unit and so on? If this is where the industry is headed we are all in trouble. I mow the retirement center next door which has about the same sq ft of grass but is more wide open. I takes us 2 1/2 hours with 2 men and we get $310. So how can someone do the condo which are more chopped up than this for almost half. One more thing, the pres tells me that they want a small mower to be used around the patios and furniture. What?