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buying a lawcare business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by pearson, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. pearson

    pearson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    $15,000 for a grasshopper 223, 350 hours,a 16 foot trailer with sides,2 sthil trimmers and blowers,2 snapper push mowers all mowers with baggers $1500 every two weeks in accounts in work pay all year wat yall think
     
  2. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,612

    If it were me, I would use $5-$7k to start up on my own.
     
  3. cz lawn care

    cz lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    do the math and figure out if its worth the work too you..... imo
     
  4. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    i expanded my business by buying one, i paid 42,000 for a 2002 F-350 dump diesel with a 9 ft Meyer's plow and a 2004 8ft Henderson Stainless sander, 2001 Big Tex 16 ft open trailer, 2004 Exmark lazer 25 kohler with ultra vac JRCO leaf plow and detacher, Little Wonder 8Hp blower, Shindiawa T-230 trimmer, 16 Hp Giant Vac Leaf Vac, Wood Leaf Box (which would have cost me a few hundred in wood if i had to build one) 40 residential lawn accounts, 1 year condo contract that was 1,200 a month for 8 months for the grass season and 4,500 a month for 4 months for the snow season which also had extras which i made about $2,000 on mulch and about 3,000 on extra sanding. i lost some of the residential but over all i think it was worth it. i did not keep there business name. just make sure you find out why there selling there business, and make sure there are no pending law suits because you may end up being responsible for the law suits after you buy the business. Also have a lawyer draw up a contract out lining the equipment and price and also include a no competition clause that states the seller can not have a business within x of miles from you, and that he can not take the costumers he sold you back, i have herd way to many horror stories about people buying a business and the the seller reopens and takes back all the accounts, then you end up out a lot of money for nothing, i hope this helps.
     
  5. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,546

    Just make sure you can carry a pistol. LAWcare is pretty dangerous. If you don't have a pistol they won't even bother pulling over.
     

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