New to Biz , buying EQ & 150 customers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Pflat1, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Im trying to get to my 10th post so I can priv message a mod (1majortom).

    Im new to the LC biz & this site but in the process of buying Equipment , trailer , truck & 150 customers off of a friend that Iv know 4ever. I have been working with him for the last month & until the season ends to get familar with everything (equipment & customers).

    He has been doing this for 20 yrs , since he was 15, now he's ready to move on. He declares a nice amount of money & All equipment is within a year and a half old , not including truck.
    3 Self propelled (larger) walk behinds (cant remember the name)
    4 WW (Stihl)
    3 Blowers (stihl)
    Trailer (brand new)
    Truck (older but runs gr8t)

    10% down now and the rest infull by a certain date next yr , having papers drawn up.

    It will be my dad , brother and myself working , Im looking to add atleast 25+ more customers for next year

    Finding alot of gr8t info on this site , thx to everyone.

    All info ,hints or tips are welcomed :)
  2. deapee

    deapee LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 25

    Sounds good...where in Pgh are you located buddy?
  3. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    you may wanna take all the equip. in to get it serviced before u start cutting grass. JMO
  4. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
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  5. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Aliquippa , near Pitt airport

    Def gonna get equipment serviced , thx

  6. deapee

    deapee LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 25

    Nice...lots of nice properties out there. I'm in the South Hills.
  7. Turf Troll

    Turf Troll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 227

    How did you come to a value to put on the 150 accounts?

  8. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I am in McKees Rocks.:waving: Good luck with your business.
  9. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Looked over his last 5 years of tax returns on the biz plus I know alot of the accounts just from the area we live in. He went high ,I went low and we met in the middle, like anyother deal. His biz has grown by word of mouth only , he has never advertised , so Im thinking with some advertising I can add a few more customers . I have 15 new customers already and I havnt even put the word out yet cause the deal isnt done yet. Im shooting for 50 new customers.

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