I wanted my front yard re-landscaped. It was all overgrown and looked a lot like the Munsters house. Neither my husband or I are into yard work, and it had gotten completely out of hand, but DH didn't seem to care.
So, I called a landscape vendor out and he gave me a quote of $4500. Very nice man who explained everything in great detail.
NOTE: I live in an "average" neighbor hood of 3 BR houses, small yards, mostly young couples starting out. I'm middle-aged, but I've been in this house almost 15 years. I could afford a house 3X this size, but have no need to move.
DH insisted I get a 2nd quote. Fine - Vendor number 2 comes out, and as soon as he got out of his truck I could see he had attitude.
"You're going to have to rip up everything"" (Yeah, we know that)
"That tree removal alone will be $500!!" (yeah, knew that too)
Finally he told me, in an irritated voice - this is going to cost at least $4000 and you can't afford that.
I thanked him for his time. The 4500 quote actually got DH motivated - he hired 2 teenage boys to help with the hard stuff and we did the lawn ourselves for about $1500.