Need some thoughts from you guys..... I'm thinking of getting into the business, have opportunity to purchase an existing business. Here is a summary: All equipment needed, Toro 52' ZTR w/ close to 900 hrs, its in good shape, also echo trimmer,Stihl edger,chainsaw,16ft trailer, Toro 22 trim mower, majority of the equipment is 2yrs old, but in good condition, he also has alot of spare parts, belts, blades, oil, filters, etc..all of this for $7400. My main concern is the fact that it is used, I ve seen /researched some of the equipment and Ive found most 50-$100 cheaper, for the power tools,than what is asking. I ve seen entire packages for sale NEW from 6500-7500. That's the equipment side of it. The customer list is basically 40-45 accts, most being res accts / close friends of his. With the "drought" conditions, he shown income of 22K w another 10K in landscaping, He is asking 13K for the list with 3 months assistance if needed for next year. For the entire package he is asking 21K. In this area we have had 5 companies go under, so it is a risky business, I'm looking at it, as alot of customers that have lost there LC, so they will be up for grabs. One thing that is repeated on this site is the "cons" of buying a customer list, which i do agree, Nothing is guaranteed. He has agreed on 1yr, no compete, but I really think he is reluctant to get out of the business. My question/concern is I can get the same start, with new equipment, for less to equal cost/ with warrites, but the customer list has my most concern, I want to give a fair price, I was thinking of 15K , this would get all the equipment and give him 2months rate /profit /or 8K for the list. I have 2 wks to make my decisions. Any thoughts???