I don't find that refreshing because it is likely not true. If he negotiated a rate with you in advance, then you would both be satisfied with the result. As it is, you can overpay him and then he's happy or you can underpay him and then he'll tell all his buddies how he worked so hard and you stiffed him, but the chance of you arriving at the right pay scale by chance is slim.
We will settle on a fee before he actually begins the work. He's coming over to look at what needs to be done, then I'll bring up a fee (that's what I'm trying to figure out), and he'll say yes or no at that point but probably yes. At any rate, there will be a negotiation before the work happens.
Punkey, it's more than just raking leaves, in fact that's the least of it.
The slope I have in mind is a really treacherous swath that I hate dealing with. It's maybe 30 feet by 60 feet (that's a guess), all of it a pretty steep slope. There are two enormous cottonwoods in the middle of that area, and a redbud that's really awkwardly placed*, and honeysuckles that go insane every year and do their best to colonize everything. (I'm talking about 8-foot growth in one season, can't stand those things.)
I cleaned everything up through early summer but since then I haven't done much (the rest of the yard yes, but not that horrible slope), and there are lots of scary weeds, vines, burrs, etc., etc.
There is also poison ivy in there probably -- I got most of it (all I could find) in the last summer clean-up but there always seems to be a bit more.
I want to get that all cleaned up for two reasons: 1) clean slate for next spring and 2) so the slope can be used for sledding if we get snow. (Last year there were too many leftover burrs and wayward honeysuckles and the slope wasn't fun unless it was a really huge snow.)
The slope is mostly covered with pachysandra and ivy, once the weeds are removed (as in it's not only weeds, and will look good once that stuff is removed).
I don't care at all about leaves really, sozlet got most of the leaves from back there (and SHE promptly got sick, probably has the same allergies), the ones that remain can be mulch.
I will provide tools (clippers, gloves, yard waste bags, etc.) and direction.
I'm leaning towards $50 for the job with wiggle room if it turns out to be bigger than expected. Or maybe $15/ hr with the expectation that it'd take about 3 hours.
Would you guys worry about him dragging it out to make more money?
Teen babysitters make about $10/hour.
*That's the small tree I meant, the trunk is maybe 3 inches in diameter, all I'd have in mind is cutting it down and stuffing it in yard bags.