I had some time to kill this weekend so I did a drive-up solicitation at a house that looked like it would be the ultimate fall clean up. I've been salivating over this property. It's approx. 5 acres on a hill with huge, huGE, HUGE maple trees. Large well kept house, 4 car garage, paved driveway 200' , BMW the whole works. I pull up and, first good sign: the garage is open and I don't see a speck of lawn equipment. most of the Yard is burried in 6" of leaves. I knock on the door, a lady comes out and I introduce myself, and she says she's been hoping somebody would stop and she asks for a quote. I'm thinking "wow this is a really nice one". I ask her if I can walk around the yard, she's like "sure!". I really wanted the job, cause it is a highly visible area and would really give me a chance to showcase, plus if it turned into a full service it would be a bread and butter account. (One of those mowing accounts that would be a half day stop for two guys to mow, trim, and edge.) so I quoted what I thought was reasonable. I say "4 hours with two people $250". She was a little shocked at my price and said that she usually pays $50. She said, I'll keep you in mind if I need you, I said thank you very much. She was really nice and didn't try haggling my price so I am hoping that the putz's who've been doing it, wise-up and don't show this year. If they do, I'll probably have to tack on some more to my quote cause we had a nice wind storm and the leaves have probably doubled since I was there. I think I will continue to pass information to this homeowner cause sooner or later her current guy is going to get sick of losing money and will quit.