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Old 03-22-2009, 11:58 AM
 
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I know from the news and reading on here that the job situation and economy in everywhere is not good. That does not change my families desire to live where the weather is nicer. We are in NY and run a successful lawn and landscaping business here ($700K).
I am looking for opinions on the lawn maintenance business in atlanta? I would think that even in a recession, the grass still grows and it still must be mowed. I am looking to buy an existing lawn/landscaping business in atlanta, with at least $200k in gross sales. I have seen several for sale.
Do you think this is a good business to be in, in Georgia?
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:37 PM
 
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Yes the grass still grows and still needs to be cut but for many folks who are cutting back it'll be the homeowner cutting the lawn- not a lawn service. I'd take whatever sales figures you're being given for the business you're looking to buy and cut them in 1/2- if the business is still viable on those numbers, it might be worth considering.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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I can tell you that one of the first things my family got rid of when money got tight was lawn service, along with other "nice, but optional" services. We'll see how it goes this summer. I don't think my hubby is looking forward to doing it himself, but the prospect of saving several thousand dollars per year made the decision for us. I suspect others are making similar choices.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: GA
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Also, many lawn services went out of business due to drought.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Dacula, Ga
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Lawn service businesses are some amongst the worst, hurting right now. I've had two personal friends with Lawn care companies go under in the past 2 years. A drought and terrible economy is a bad combo.

Not to mention, there is like 7 Kabillion lawn care companies in this state to compete with. Millions of guys with no educations thought they could open up lawn care businesses and strike it rich, so you have one on almost every corner nowadays..
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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someone doing $700k in sales isn't like joe dirt lawn service down the street.

i have no idea what the drought situation in atlanta is, but in south georgia people are still watering their lawns, and they still need mowing.

there are many small lawn service companies here, and there are many going out of business because they thought they could cut someone's lawn one a week for $25/mo.

there are a few companies i can think of in the low six-figure annual sales range, and only one that might be approaching 7-figures.

i don't know of any for sale here, but building a $200k/yr company is very much a possibility.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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The drought really put a damper on landscaping businesses in Metro Atlanta before the economy went down. Now, many businesses are gone or on life support.

I will be very careful about "gross sales." I think that it was late 2008 before we really started to fill the effects of the economic slowdown here. (So on the books a company might look ok, but the reality is that lots of their business is gone.)

I have noticed far more of my neighbors doing their own lawn work this winter than in the past.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:51 AM
 
Location: East Cobb
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I need some yard work done, so picked three small local businesses that seemed well recommended on the kudzu website and called them on the weekend. One proprietor answered the phone and is coming around to give me an estimate tonight. The other two have never returned the messages I left. I'm thinking (a) I'll have to pick some others for quotes and (b) hmm, could these guys have gone out of business? Times are tough.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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If several lawn care businesses are for sale, what does that tell you about the chances for success, especially in this economy? Food for thought...
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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If several lawn care businesses are for sale, what does that tell you about the chances for success, especially in this economy? Food for thought...
i'd say the chances are extremely high if all the competition is going out of business. as long as the OP has the cash to weather the recession for a little while longer, he could put himself in a very good position in another 24 months.
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