There is so much controversy over how much to buy an existing lawn care company for. The main problem is everyone is wanting a return on their money like yesterday, which is good, but in reality many business don't even profit for 3-5 years sometimes less in the service industry. But we need to quit thinking way to much. My advise is if you can purchase a business and make money off of it by the end of the year it would be a good buy. I would imagine any business man out there would be willing to purchase a company if they could already begin to get a return on their investment within 8-9 months? Not a bad investment......So think of it like this, if you are a risk taker and thats what business is risk taking. If you can purchase a company and begin to profit on it by the end of the year I would say it is a good purchase. You need a smooth transition though, meet every customer tell them what your company can do for them. Also before you say someone is out of their mind in paying their asking price ask yourself how much would you sell your business for? I have bought companies before.. It has paid off. Their are not many venture out their where you can begin to get a return off of investment in 9 months, I buy all I can.. then I re-sale the equipment I don't want.