Hi, I have about 1/5 (90'x110') acre that I want: o cleared (of brush, saplings, and a couple stumps) o graded (it is relatively flat, but has some large depressions) o topped with 4 inches of loam (base for the grass) o base set for a retaining wall (2-3' tall along one 90' length). The lot is a rectangular shape and will be used simply for a grass area. I have gotten several estimates that are all over the board. I want a quality job done and know cheapest isn't best, but then again neither is overpaying. I need some help. Some more details: o I probably need about ten 10 wheel trucks of good fill o I guess I need about 300 yards of loam (woth some left over). o The area slopes maybe 4-5' over the 90' width of the plot. o Between the fill and the loam I want to level it out to the hight of the retaining wall which will run the length of one 90' side of the plot. o There are three large trees in the area that will need to be welled. (with flat stone) There are no large trees left to clear, but there are 3 large stumps to deal with. There is great access to the site and no time crunch for the project. I am looking to have the contractor get the site ready to the point where I can seed it. Also to have a level and compacted base on which to build the 90' retaining wall. I have never done this type of work before so I am at a loss on juding value. In the past in that type of situation I get several estimates and then compare contractor reputations and then chose a good "value". All quotes so far have been very different ranging from $4000 up to $15,000. I have described the project identically to each bidder. How the heck do I choose and what do you folks think this job might be worth? (am in the Boston Suburban area) Also do you think I can/should try to build the 3'x90' retaining wall myself or hire it out? I am very handy, just haven't built one before but am familiar with the "book" definition of how to do it. Please HELP !