I went to look at a job for a hoa. The entrance had been let go for months there once beautiful flower beds was COVERED in weeds, dead bushes, and debris. So the head lady asked me to meet her there to so she could show me what she wanted so I did. First off she had no clue what she was talking about. She wanted me to pull up 60 bushes rake out the pinestraw and put sod in that place. In her mind she said it would save on maintance. So I just said ok and went back to the shop to get my bid together. After doing it how she wanted the total was around $7,300. So I decided that I would also come up with another bid for how I would recommend doing it which was pulling out the plants and weeds but redoing the pinstraw. It was about a 40-50 hr job and the mowing was going to be done 3 times a month even though they asked for 2. Well my new bid was $6,000 and when I gave them both to the lady I explained in detail about everything and why I would go with the 2nd bid. She tells me it all sounds great and the price was good and that tthe next hoa meeting is in 2 weeks and she'll let me know either way. So its been 4 weeks and my girlfriends parents actually live in the neighborhood so last night we went over to ask them about it. How about they gave the contract to some guy who's brand new for $7,500!! Am I missing something? I bid lower, I've been doing this for a while and I told her I would even give her references if she needed. Half the board members weren't even there to vote on it from what I was told. I'm just not sure what to make out of it. Sorry for the long post, I was just trying to vent.