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nwimaintenance
01-04-2012, 07:08 PM
I have been tossing around the idea of selling my business.
Equipment Included
2005 Dixie Chopper 33hp 72" deck
2005 Dixie Chopper 50hp turbo diesel 72" deck
2001 Dixie Chopper 40hp(twin 20hp) 72" deck
2001 Toro z-Master 25hp fuel injected 72" deck
2001 Ferris 36" walk behind
1999 Scag 52" hydro walk behind
3 Echo backpack blowers
5 Echo Trimmers
1 Stihl edger
3 Echo hedge trimmer
1 Echo split boom with attachments
30 gallon round up sprayer
30 gallon liquid fertilizer with boom
2 3 gallon back pack sprayers
150# pull behind spreader
75# push spreader
2005 16' enclosed trailer
2004 22' open trailer
2001 Chevy 2500HD crew cab turbo diesel 2010 Western wide out 2011 Western slide in bed spreader
2001 GMC 1500 ext. cab 2006 Blizzard 7'6" speed wing
1999 Chevy 2500HD ext cab 2006 Blizzard 8-10 power plow 2008 Western Tornado slide in bed spreader
1997 GMC 3500 dump truck turbo diesel 8.5' western pro plow
24" Cub Cadet snow blower
42" John deer snow blower

Now for the contracts: About 90% commercial 10% residential
2011 mowing season: About $125,000
2010-2011 plow season: About $115,000

What do you think it is worth?

grassman177
01-04-2012, 09:20 PM
they made a fiftey horsepower diesel chopper? wow

nwimaintenance
01-05-2012, 12:02 AM
yes only for a few years they made the 35hp dixie with a turbo on it. which made it a 50hp

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
01-05-2012, 12:18 AM
I'd figure about $57,500 for equipment depending on condition. I think you would be lucky to get more then 40% of the contracts amount so I'd say $96,000 for them.

PLS-Tx
01-05-2012, 01:28 AM
Where are you located?

nwimaintenance
01-05-2012, 09:22 AM
i am located in NW Indiana

nwimaintenance
01-05-2012, 10:40 AM
Also anyone from florida what do you think about opening up now. I realize economy is bad down there but there seems to be a lot of work in this industry.

nwimaintenance
01-05-2012, 01:09 PM
Any Input on this would be great.

aei
01-05-2012, 03:16 PM
Well I was born and raised FL and in business in Melbourne FL for 8 years. I serviced 40 miles radious in either direction. My area had some real dirt bag- lowballers mowing residential for 10 bucks a yard. Lots of hand written signs on ever light poll for 10.00 a yard. While it didn't really affect me because I was 95% commercial it did in general as a whole for the industry in my area and other surrounding parts. My own neighbor used a guy for 7.00 bucks for a mow blow and go deal. Hell... I even used the same guy for my own yard lol. Guess I'm to blame as well :laugh:

I was on a local residential street servicing a few homes I had next to each other years back. Cutting grass across the street was a guy maybe in his mid 20's pushing a old run down non mulching mower in flip flops and some daisy duke short shorts. Guys was a sight for sore eyes and pulled his little red wagon with a girl's 10 speed bike in tow. Dam guy had more work on that street then I did! Guess he was just a better salesman then me :dizzy:


Now dont judge FL by what I say or seen etc... There is plenty of good stable money to be made there and people willing to pay for a professional job. Not everyone in FL is broke or out of work but the State does have its draw backs.

Now Cutting and working in 98-105 degree humid weather will kick your butt fast. I tried to get most everything done by 1pm. Its a different animal all together there. Plants, shrubs trees etc.. all different then most parts of the coutry. So learning everything all over will be something to consider.


Season's run a bit longer and most save up to make it through winter. Thats a main reason why I left and moved north. So I could plow snow in off season and keep on banking!!!!

Sure there are plenty of home grown Floridians on here doing just fine or better. And sure there are some who wished they could GTFO of there like I did business wise. I still have a home in FL and enjoy every chance I get to go back but I dont miss it enough to go back and run a lawn or landscape business again.

One day I hope to retire and buy a fishing/charter boat in the Keys and just relax:drinkup:

nwimaintenance
01-05-2012, 11:54 PM
Thanks for the input. I guess i am trying to get away from the snowplowing. Been doing it for 15 years and sick and tired of devoting my life to snow. You cant plan anything(vacations/etc.) in the winter.

GT Lawn
01-06-2012, 12:39 AM
We are in valpo, and might be interested in discussing details. Is it a complete package deal or nothing? Just not sure I need some of that equipment.

aei
01-06-2012, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the input. I guess i am trying to get away from the snowplowing. Been doing it for 15 years and sick and tired of devoting my life to snow. You cant plan anything(vacations/etc.) in the winter.

Yes that is a draw back when snow & Ice is your income. Trying to figure out how to make plans for the holidays does wear on family and friends when moving snow is the only thing on your mind etc... THis is the 1st year I had a full Christmas, New Years ect... in years! hell its 49 to 50 here today!

Best of luck to you & with the looks of what your selling.. I doubt you will have any issues starting up and banking where ever you end up.

nwimaintenance
01-06-2012, 07:24 PM
Would like to keep it as an all or nothing package, but some of the mowers will probably be for sale in the spring if the business does not sell. Possibly will be upgrading unless it does not snow then my budget probably wont allow for anything new.

nwimaintenance
01-06-2012, 07:27 PM
Yes that is a draw back when snow & Ice is your income. Trying to figure out how to make plans for the holidays does wear on family and friends when moving snow is the only thing on your mind etc... THis is the 1st year I had a full Christmas, New Years ect... in years! hell its 49 to 50 here today!

Best of luck to you & with the looks of what your selling.. I doubt you will have any issues starting up and banking where ever you end up.

Thanks for the positive input. Hopefully we will get snow soon. It was 58 today. We were actually doing some leftover fall clean up and I was working in a t shirt for awhile!

tuscanvalleylandscaping
01-06-2012, 07:28 PM
What part of NW Indiana might be interested in talking with you . We service Michigan City .

nwimaintenance
01-06-2012, 07:31 PM
We are in valpo, and might be interested in discussing details. Is it a complete package deal or nothing? Just not sure I need some of that equipment.

What are you interested in the accounts? Or do you just not need all the equipment. Most of the accounts are 10 plus acre accounts that require large mowers. so that would be a necesity unless you already have the equipment.

nwimaintenance
01-06-2012, 07:33 PM
What part of NW Indiana might be interested in talking with you . We service Michigan City .

Located in Crown Point but service area is from Chesterton to Lansing, IL

GT Lawn
01-06-2012, 11:55 PM
I understand every business is different, but in my opinion, that is a ton of equipment for the gross income you are mowing. Still definitely interested in discussing what your are wanting to sell and the accounts you have. you can contact me at 219-707-7715

thanks
greg

nwimaintenance
01-07-2012, 12:05 AM
It is an overkill on equipment but i try to keep at least 1 or 2 spare of everything so there is no down time due to equipment breakdowns. And have lost a few large accounts to under biding the last few years. I have been in business for 13 years and have never got rid of any of my equipment. I maintain all of my stuff very well so it will last. If you are interested in equipment i will contact you when i decide what i am i doing. More than likely i will not sell because I dont think anyone will come up with the money.

SLCINC
01-08-2012, 11:54 AM
I would say $60-$65k equipment, $50k lawn work, $20k snow work- $130-135k Total asking price. You should get anywhere from 100-120k

GT Lawn
01-08-2012, 12:20 PM
Just curious why you decided to go with the 72" decks. We mow a lot of very large properties, but less than a couple hours a week where you could get that 72" running. You mentioned 10 acre sites, without saying too much, what kind of clients were they?

nwimaintenance
01-08-2012, 04:32 PM
Just curious why you decided to go with the 72" decks. We mow a lot of very large properties, but less than a couple hours a week where you could get that 72" running. You mentioned 10 acre sites, without saying too much, what kind of clients were they?

I have always used 72's and have never run into much a problem with them fitting into areas. Certain situations yes, but very rarely. I dont care for any other 72's though only Dixie because of the wide stance of the rear tires. The sites were mainly industrial(factories, etc.)

GT Lawn
01-08-2012, 05:09 PM
we are definitely interested in talking details with you. give me a call when you have some time to chat

CrimsonMaintenance
01-08-2012, 11:35 PM
Be careful discussing your current accounts with a prospective buyer, they may just contact your customers and tell them you are looking to get out of the biz and take them.

greenery123
01-19-2012, 11:03 AM
I have been tossing around the idea of selling my business.
Equipment Included
2005 Dixie Chopper 33hp 72" deck
2005 Dixie Chopper 50hp turbo diesel 72" deck
2001 Dixie Chopper 40hp(twin 20hp) 72" deck
2001 Toro z-Master 25hp fuel injected 72" deck
2001 Ferris 36" walk behind
1999 Scag 52" hydro walk behind
3 Echo backpack blowers
5 Echo Trimmers
1 Stihl edger
3 Echo hedge trimmer
1 Echo split boom with attachments
30 gallon round up sprayer
30 gallon liquid fertilizer with boom
2 3 gallon back pack sprayers
150# pull behind spreader
75# push spreader
2005 16' enclosed trailer
2004 22' open trailer
2001 Chevy 2500HD crew cab turbo diesel 2010 Western wide out 2011 Western slide in bed spreader
2001 GMC 1500 ext. cab 2006 Blizzard 7'6" speed wing
1999 Chevy 2500HD ext cab 2006 Blizzard 8-10 power plow 2008 Western Tornado slide in bed spreader
1997 GMC 3500 dump truck turbo diesel 8.5' western pro plow
24" Cub Cadet snow blower
42" John deer snow blower

Now for the contracts: About 90% commercial 10% residential
2011 mowing season: About $125,000
2010-2011 plow season: About $115,000

What do you think it is worth?

Can't PM yet but I posted my # on ur home page