I have a friend of a friend that is in the business. He has around 40 residential accounts and 1 huge development account. He is moving out of state and wants to sell his 'business'. He does not have any of them under contract. I am interested in taking over his accounts, but I can't see paying him money for accounts he doesn't have under contract. I am considering taking over the accounts and paying him a percentage of the gross for his customers for X amount of time. That way, if they cancel and go with someone else, I won't lose. Does anyone have any other ideas on how to buy these accounts or another way of making it work? If we went with my idea, what percentage would you be willing to give? .....and for how long? Again, this is a friend of a friend and I'm not trying to beat him on this deal. I want it to be fair to both of us. I have the equipment and manpower to assume his accounts without having to buy any additional equipment or hire additional help, but of course I will have additional labor and expense costs. Thanks for the comments.