What were they bidding on

DU> I had a fairly standard tree-trimming job, removing dead limbs from a DU> large silver maple and cleaning up some debris. So I get a couple of DU> bids from local companies on doing the work, such things are usually DU> within a fairly small range of each other. DU> DU> One gives me a bid for $450 (about what I'd expect). DU> DU> The other, bids $2500. What! Five times the other? DU> DU> I read the bid sheet, they had the correct job described, the right DU> tree indicated, the correct address, all that. Needless to say, they DU> didn't get work. I thought about calling and seeing what on earth they DU> based that on, but in the end didn't bother.
We had a similar situation here. One company was about what we anticipated, another lower, and a couple of others had astronomical bids. We went with the lower than expected, inspected the contract carefully, expecting a reasonable job. The crew showed up on time, in clean trucks (we were expecting rusty pickups), did a better-than- expected job, cleaned up. No problems.
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