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Old 03-23-2003, 01:38 PM
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Price on buying lawn accounts

I was thinking of buying some lawn care accounts, but I need some help on coming up with a price. There are 22 accounts that have an average weekly income of around $800. The guy told me to make an offer. What would everyone else pay. Any ideas would be very helpful.
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Old 03-23-2003, 01:44 PM
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Does he guarantee that the accounts will stay with you??? Do you have the equipment to service the accounts?? I would personally use the money to advertise and get accounts on your own. Use the search feature this topic has been discussed many times and there is a ton of info on it here. Good Luck!!!
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Old 03-23-2003, 02:36 PM
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I normally don't buy accounts from people- but last year a guy going out of business sold me 18 accounts ALL IN THE SAME DEVELOPMENT!- I couldn't pass it up

I told him that any yard he gave me I would give him the money from the first cutting- after I got paid- I ended up with all 18 and pqaid him around $550 for the yards.

I suggest advertising and try to get your own lawns- but if your just starting out and need the lawns- might not be bad

Why is he getting rid of them?- going out of bus., or want to get rid of his **** yards?

I would offer $800- pay him after 1st billing, when you get paid- If you need the yards, maybe a little more
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Old 03-23-2003, 03:37 PM
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Put the money you would spend into finding new customers yourself. What type of guarantee do you have that after spending the money these customers will stay with you.
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Old 03-23-2003, 04:39 PM
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when i started out i bought a customer list from a guy. the deal was that i would moww all the lawns for a month and the ones that stayed on cost me the price of one mowing for three consecutive months. it turned to be a very fair price and i did it later with another fellow who thought it was fair too.
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Old 03-23-2003, 04:54 PM
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I just sold 65 accounts, a 2000 26efi walker, and a 16" landscape trailer for $20,000.
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Old 03-23-2003, 11:51 PM
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I have bought some accounts and have many friends that have bought and sold. Rule of thumb that i have found is this:
2 cuts- for 10 day or 14 day yards
3 cuts - weekly
maybe 4 if they are great accounts that will also bring in other income such as trimming and mulch.
****All under that assumption that if they drop you and it is not your fault you will get you money back.
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Old 03-24-2003, 12:07 AM
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When I buy accounts (ad we've bought quite a few over the years) we generally pay the price of 1 - 2 cuts.
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