I think every situation is different. The situation is I have an opportunity to buy out a friend's lawn care business. I read in here a couple of days ago that one guy would not pay for "blue space" and I think thats a good way of looking at it. He pretty much wants to sell his equipment off and give me the customer list, Or so he says. His equipment consists of a 3yr old Toro 48"w/b (very good shape) with roughly 1600 hrs on it. Two new Snapper 21" push mowers (new last year) Sthil trimmers and Sthil bp blower and hand held blower (all 3yrs old) a 6.5x12 open trailer in decent shape. I was thinking of offering him around 3k what do you guys think. He has around 25 residential accounts and he says it brings in $1700.00-$2000.00per month. We are going to sit down next week and go over a few things. I was hoping he would at least wright a letter to all of his customers and let them know whats going on and maybe I could then meet with them to see if they will be willing to take us on. I really need some good and honest info, this could be a life changing commitment.