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    Posted: 25/March/2013 at 10:40am
An injury has forced way to early retirement from the Fire service.  I am looking into either purchasing an established business or starting from scratch.  My QUESTION is in regards to this business for sale offer.  I sincerely appreciate any and all advice/opinions on any aspect of what's below.  IE; specifics about the equipment, hours on the Prochem, vehicle choice etc.  And please how does the price sound for what is offered? 

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18 years in business, earning consistent income. Start working right away with established customers without advertising. Current business scope consists of carpet, upholstery, and some window cleaning, carpet repair, and water damage restoration/structural drying on a smaller scale. Included in sale are:
-Business name and phone numbers
-List of 200+ customers, addresses, prices, all customer histories
-Existing rental agency arrangements representing 100's more properties annually
-2008 Mercedes/Dodge Sprinter diesel van w/ 65k miles fully outfitted with 2008 Prochem Everest 650hp w/1650 hours, titanium 6 jet wand, stair tool, upholstery tool and all hoses needed. Everest produces consistent high temperature water well over 200deg with super suction. High pressure model can also do high pressure washing. We use only the best equipment.
-Second set of wheels and snow tires for van, roof rack.
-Window cleaning equipment(ladders, squegees, belts, buckets etc.)
-Experienced subcontractor helper w/years experience w/customers and properties who wishes to stay on board. Subcontractor status w/own license so no workers comp on him.
-Recent profit/loss reports available to serious parties.
Sale Price: $185,000.

Thank you all so much.  Cheers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote duckcountry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/April/2013 at 10:50pm
do you see the injury that forced your early retirement not getting in the way of manual labor?  When did you get all the experience at washing windows, cleaning carpets and upholstery, repairing carpets and to what degree are you certified for water damage.
Get a rod and reel, go fishing for your dinner.  enjoy retirement, you earned it.  Go visit your friends at the fire house.  There must be some projects around the house that will keep you busy.
Be a salesman for a fire alarm company.  You are more qualified than most.
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