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smarino21
05-01-2006, 07:01 AM
i was looking into buying out an exsisting lawn care operation from mowers to accounts. Is there anything i should watch out for?

imograss
05-01-2006, 08:46 AM
Plenty to watch out for.I would want the seller to work with me until all clients were introduced, and agree to stay on. I would also want to make sure that some of the cost might be reduced should someone cancel during the transaction (unless you made a mistake on your end).Make sure this person will not go after these same clients in the NEAR future.

rodfather
05-01-2006, 05:37 PM
Exactly as Tim said.

1. personal introduction to all new customers.
2. contract drawn up with non-compete clause
3. buyout period (just in case)

biglawndog
05-01-2006, 05:47 PM
Setup an escrow account with 15 to 25 percent of the cost of the sale in it to guard against customers jumping ship through no fault of your own. It also will give the seller motivation to see you succeed,then he gets the rest of his money.