There's a guy in my area selling his lawn business, which consists of 96 accounts. Included in the purchase price is his truck, trailer, and equipment. I'm waiting for him to return my call so I can get the exact specs. I do know that he grosses over $100k/yr. He's asking $45k. I am the owner of an existing landscaping co, we focus mostly on installations and government sub contract work (Post-Katrina clean-up). We do, though, service about 15 maintenance accounts. I have 5 full time employees and additional part-time employees as needed. If I were to purchase this business I would do so with the intentions of my employees servicing these accounts. Until I get exact specs I won't know what kind of "deal" we're talking about.. I'm totally inexperienced and in the dark when it comes to purchasing an existing business... My questions at this time is: 1. In reality, out of 96 accounts, how many could I expect to retain? 2. What kind of questions should I ask specifically about customers (other than monetary figures and locales) 3. Is it a good investment to buy an existing business in the first place? 4. Any other input any of you'll might have on purchasing an existing bus. After I talk to him, I'll post some numbers and specs. Thanks for any input!