Had a call the other day from one of my clients' sister. (referral) She wanted an estimate for a spring cleanup. It was going to take me 3 hours to do it. She wanted the yard hand raked to get rid of the dead spots and dead grass (pretty much a de thatch by hand). Then she wanted all the pine needles and leaves blown out of flower beds, around the house, and out from under the trees. I told her a ballpark of $150-200. My final price was going to be $180 but we never got that far. As soon as I gave her the ballpark figure, she said I was going to have to come WAY down in order to meet her other estimates. I couldn't believe it. Was I way off? I feel my services are worth the money. The yard wasn't too big, so not too much raking, but there were a lot of left over leaves and pine needles. Like I said.....$180 for 3 hours. Seems right on to me.