Last week I did a 3 acre river front home that was worth about $1Mil. The guy asked me to rake the leaves out the hedges(300 ft. worth), rake all the pine needles and pine cones out from the pine trees(10 or so trees), and go over the grass with the ZTR and bagger attachment. Myself and a helper were there from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Thats 8.5 hours. With the two of us that comes out to $29 an hour(I bid it at $500). When we left there we 45 of the real big trash bags loaded on the trailer and truck with tall box sides. The place looked great and the guy said we did such a good job that he would like to use me for weekly mowing and he even tipped me $25. Today the guys wife calls and leaves a voicemail saying I did the worst job she has ever seen and that had gotten spring cleanups done in past years for only $250 and there was 5 guys working there for 10-11 hours. Thats $50 for all day for all five guys. Plus gas, dump fees, etc. hasn't been deducted. What a beotch.