I get these calls, folks got these yards where nothing has been done in at least 3-4 months as far as grass-cutting, nevermind anything else likely has been neglected 10 or 20 years, yet they all act like I should come in and give a 'grass cutting' estimate at regular price and make it look all shiny and spiffy, too. First one did this to me called around september last year indicating she needed regular service and she did me in with the low-balling moves so I did her a special favor by cleaning up thigh-high grass and crap for 45 dollars (2/5 acre lot, between 1/3 and 1/2 acre) figuring I'd get to maintain it from then on out at the same price... Didn't hear from this one again until just now, about 8 or 10 months later the whole yard's gone right back to where it was before I even touched it and wants another cleanup... Can't wait to tell her the estimate is 85 dollars. But I did learn something in all this time, and that is to recognize the low-ball moves and to use counter-motions that effectively thwart the whole attempt. Next one calls and is looking for someone 'reasonable' (yes the word was emphasized on the phone, I know what this means!!) to cut their 'small' lot which is really one of the smallest in the neighborhood (same old song and dance) and doesn't have that much grass, blablabla... Of course, you realize that by now with their stupid comments they have given themselves away and I know they intend to pay 30-35 dollars, because that's what happens when they influence, I can read their mind. So I looked this one up before I went out, it did come out to 9k square feet which does make it a small lot, but nothing prepared me for what came next. As I drove up to give the estimate, I took one look out the car and kept right on driving, never stopped to think twice about talking to them because I was in no mood to have the LB moves put on me in person. Thigh-high grass and weeds and crap, not to mention a 'steep' (my emphasis this time) slope where someone must've put down mulch years ago... Of course there is grass and weeds growing through the mulch so this has to be cut as well, as far as to how this is to be done on a treacherous slope that has decomposing mulch thrown on it, that part is beyond me. Won't touch it for less than 60 dollars. Neither one will hear from me again unless they call back and just happen to catch me, but I'm on a short fuse from dealing with the association and its 200-some members all of whom have their little special requests of what needs to be done on their lowest-bidder contract.