What were they bidding on?

I had a fairly standard tree-trimming job, removing dead limbs from a large silver maple and cleaning up some debris. So I get a couple of bids from local companies on doing the work, such things are usually within a fairly small range of each other.
One gives me a bid for $450 (about what I'd expect).
The other, bids $2500. What! Five times the other?
I read the bid sheet, they had the correct job described, the right tree indicated, the correct address, all that. Needless to say, they didn't get work. I thought about calling and seeing what on earth they based that on, but in the end didn't bother.
Brian
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It pays to shop around--try and find the one spends more time in working than he does in giving out estimates.........
I have a local tree guy that I usually call during the wintertime when things are slow for them, and after the deciduous trees have dropped all their leaves--I pay him by the hour, straight time....charges me~$45.00/hr IIRC.
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I got quotes for 2 60' oaks and 1 twin (split trunk) 50' oaks.
Quotes ranged from 800.00 for the whole job, to 800.00 per tree.
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<< I thought about calling and seeing what on earth they based that on, but in the end didn't bother. >>
The first bidder may be a friendly competitor of the second bidder. Often in auto repair, construction and other trades you will ask someone for a "courtesy bid" if you really want the job. Or it may have been a clerical mistake. HTH
Joe
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Yep a free market you live in. Sucker pays the high bid. Get the insurance co no and check liability and workers comp. Be sure work is equal. Ive had bids of 7500, and got a better trim at 1800. Alotta ass holes out there that want that new boat on your job.
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-> I had a fairly standard tree-trimming job, removing dead limbs from a -> large silver maple and cleaning up some debris. So I get a couple of -> bids from local companies on doing the work, such things are usually -> within a fairly small range of each other. -> -> One gives me a bid for $450 (about what I'd expect). -> -> The other, bids $2500. What! Five times the other? -> -> I read the bid sheet, they had the correct job described, the right -> tree indicated, the correct address, all that. Needless to say, they -> didn't get work. I thought about calling and seeing what on earth they -> based that on, but in the end didn't bother.
I can answer that. It was based on the fact that a lot of people aren't going to get more than one bid/estimate so they won't know they're being screwed.
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Same thing happened here about two years ago when we wanted a tree taken down (too close to the house). I called about 5 places, three returned my call, two actually showed up to give me bids. There was no way for them to use their big bucket truck because of how the land next to our house is (steep hill, the tree was in the back too far from the road and downhill from the street). Company #1: Drop the tree and nothing else (they would leave all the wood and brush here) The quote was for $2000. He said he wouldn't be able to do it until mid-January (It was November at the time). YIKES! Company #2: He said he would drop the tree, cut it into firewood size lengths and leave that wood here, he'd haul/chip the brush for us and clean up after himself. The quote was for $800, and he could do it next week. We obviously went with company #2. They came and did a nice job. They even chipped up and hauled away another pile of brush from a lot of other trimming we had done ourselves.
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This is Turtle.
Here we get the trees cut for nothing if we buy the wood from him when he cuts and splits it. I had two 2 Pin Oak trees cut for nothing but bought 14 Ricks / 7 Cords of wood for $700.00. He cuts , Splits it, and stacks it for you and cleans up everything.
It's Called Cut and sell .
TURTLE
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Glad to see tradesmen like that still exist. And once you recommend them to a couple of neighbors/friends/coworkers for stuff they need done, the company will be paid back multiple times for their good practices.
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Yes, I'm glad too :) I've recommended him to a few people since then. I also made sure to write him a nice note thanking him for a job well done. I figure that I would complain if I were unhappy, so I try to make a point to complement a job well done.
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On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 22:38:34 GMT, "Default User"

We had an old 80' oak in our yard. Called 7 companies and all showed. 3 took a look and said "We'd rather live" and left (Fast!)
The other 4 ranged from $600-$1200 (This was 1984) Then one guy was chatting with my Brother-in-law and me about gathering the wood. We agreed to gather it as it fell and he'd just cut.
He turned to my mother and said "Cut the bid in half"
He did the job for $300 and we then gave him 5 other people (With children willing to help them out) and we heard him cutting for months afterward.
What goes around.....
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Probably the $2500 guy was booked up for 5 or 6 months and just wanted to see if you would bite.
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On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 22:38:34 GMT, "Default User"

We had a Hackberry tree growing between two houses. It was about three feet in diameter and probably forty feet tall. A fellow knocked on the door one day to ask if we needed any tree trimming, so I asked him his price for removing that tree. He looked at it for a minute or two and said $900.00. He offered a business card, which I took, and I politely thanked him. I went inside and threw away his card since I'd never be needing his overpriced services.
I've since had that tree cut down. Cost? $120.00. You do the math to figure out how much the first fellow was overpriced. The two guys who did the job were competent, had good chainsaws and safety gear (and used the safety gear!), as well as a good work truck with assorted other tools, ladders, and gear inside. Paying more money is no guarantee of getting higher quality.
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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$120 to remove a 3 foot diamater, 40 foot tall tree?!?!?! Now thats a deal, esppecially if they removed the wood too.Could it have been a cherry and they sold the wood? Could have been a gloat post over on rec.woodworking
scribbled this interesting note:

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scribbled this interesting note:

To be fair, it was winter and there wasn't much work around at the time and these fellows were a little hungry. They'd just done a very similar tree up the street from us, although removing it wasn't as difficult as it was in the front yard and not between the houses.
'Round here the city picks up brush every week so although the tree cutters didn't haul off the wood, they did place it on the curb for pick up and even offered to cut it into fireplace sized logs. Alas, we don't have a fireplace. And besides, hackberry isn't even all that good for burning, and it certainly has no resale value!:~(
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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John Willis wrote:

Hackberry makes good furniture. It cuts into ugly yellowish lumber with purple-gray streaks in it, but it takes a stain remarkably well.
Bob
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scribbled this interesting note:

Perhaps the next time we cut down a smaller tree I'll put one on the band saw and see what it looks like!
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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Around here, some guys have tall cranes to take down trees and get done in no time. A friend was shocked when I had 5 trees taken down and stumps ground down for $800 with complete cleanup. He paid that for one tree because his guy had to climb the tree and take it down a piece at a time.

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