Buying a Lawn Care Business in Florida
Buying a Lawn Care Business in Florida
Buying a lawn care business in Florida can be a great way to take ownership of a successful business in Florida and tap into the positive demographics, population growth, median household income and other trends benefitting Florida small business owners today.
Selling a Lawn Care Business in Florida
If you are the owner of a successful lawn care business in Florida, now could be a great time to take advantage of these trends and the rising demand among U.S. and international buyers for great businesses for sale in Florida that are established, profitable, “essential” in the eyes of local governments, and resistant to external pressures like recessions, global pandemics and online retailers.
The Lawn Care Industry in Florida
The landscaping services industry in the United States is a $100+ billion industry, and Florida is one of the states with strong year-round demand for lawn care, landscaping, tree trimming/removal, sod installation and other services from both residential and commercial clients statewide.
“The grass is always greener (and growing) in the Sunshine State”
Lots of sunshine and plenty of rain means the grass is always greener (and always growing) in Florida. Florida residents and businesses spend over $3.8 billion annually on lawn and landscaping services, with spending evenly divided 50/50 between homeowners and corporate clients.
“Florida residents spend $3.8 billion annually on lawn and landscaping services”
Buying a lawn care business in Florida can be an attractive turnkey opportunity to enter a market with an experienced team of workers in place and an established roster of clients like large residential developments and condominium associations with dozens or hundreds of dues-paying members. The fact that many front-line workers in the Florida landscape industry are native Spanish speakers can also be another advantage for a South American investor who enters this industry by acquiring an existing business.
Skills needed to Operate a Lawn Care Business in Florida
As in all states, the lawn care sector in Florida is highly competitive, and owners of the most successful lawn care businesses have many years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers who depend on these companies for weekly lawn care, landscaping, tree trimming/removal, sod installation and other services.
“Florida lawn care companies serve both residential and commercial clients.”
Ideally, a future owner of a lawn care business in Florida would already have several years experience as an employee or owner/operator of a lawn care business in their home state or home country.
Many owners of established lawn care businesses in Florida will only consider selling their business to a buyer who has a proven track record of experience in the lawn care industry or a related industry, either as an employee or an owner/operator of the business.
Best Cities For Buying a Lawn Care Business in Florida
Once you’ve decided to purchase a lawn care business in Florida, it’s time to choose the location where you want to acquire a successful business. Several factors should be taken into consideration including a variety of demographic and quality of life metrics that will impact both your Florida lawn care business and the customers you serve.
Florida’s population of 23 million is spread throughout the state’s 67 counties, but the largest clusters of high net worth households paying top dollar for lawn care and landscape services are concentrated in the southern half of the state along a ring of 14 coastal counties on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. This “golden horseshoe” of Florida demographics encompasses the 25 Wealthiest Zip Codes in Florida based on Average Gross Income.
“This 14-county coastal region is the Golden Horseshoe of Florida demographics.”
This 14-county coastal region extends from Tampa/St.Petersburg on the Gulf side, south to Naples/FortMyers and down to the Florida Keys, east to Miami/Fort Lauderdale and extends north through the coastal communities of Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.
Median Asking Price of a Lawn Care Business in Florida
Once you have decided to pursue the acquisition of an existing lawn care business in Florida and narrowed your list of desired cities and markets in the Sunshine State, it is important to get a better understanding of how much it will cost to purchase the existing Florida lawn care business either with cash or some combination of cash and financing, either through an SBA loan or seller financing if available.
According to the Florida database of businesses for sale, the median asking price for a lawn care business in Florida is $450,000 for existing businesses generating over $250,000 in annual revenue and over $100,000 in annual cash flow.
“The median asking price of a Florida lawn care business is $450,000”
The range of asking prices for Florida lawn care and landscaping companies for sale extends from $230,000 on the low end to $2,600,000 on the high end for Florida lawn care businesses generating over $250,000 in annual revenue and over $100,000 in annual cash flow.
Median Annual Revenue of Lawn Care Businesses in Florida
With the right team of talented employees, good equipment, and an established, repeat customer base, lawn care companies in Florida can be great revenue generators for both current and future owners. According to the statewide database of businesses for sale in Florida, the median annual revenue for a lawn care business in Florida is $594,000.
“The median annual revenue of a Florida lawn care business is $594,000”
The range of annual revenue for Florida lawn care companies extends from $269,000 on the low end to $2,920,000 on the high end for Florida lawn care businesses generating over $250,000 in annual revenue and over $100,000 in annual cash flow.
Median Cash Flow of Lawn Care Businesses in Florida
Established and well managed lawn care and landscaping businesses in Florida can produce significant cash flow benefitting both the current owner and future owners of these businesses.
“The median annual cash flow of a Florida lawn care business is $180,000”
According to the official database of businesses for sale in Florida, the median cash flow for a lawn care and landscaping business in Florida is $457,000. As such, lawn care businesses for sale in Florida enjoy a median cash flow of 30% of annual revenues. ($180,000 / $594,000 = 30%)
The range of annual cash flow for lawn care and landscaping businesses for sale in Florida extends from $120,000 on the low end to $460,000 on the high end for Florida lawn care businesses generating over $250,000 in annual revenue and $100,000 in annual cash flow.
“The median payback period for a Florida lawn care business is 2.5 years.”
Based on these same numbers, the ratio of median cash flow to asking price for existing Florida lawn care businesses for sale is 40% ($180,000 / $450,000) which translates into a median payback period of 2.5 years.
Additional Research for Buying a Lawn Care Business in Florida
If you are just getting started, Entrepreneur has an excellent article titled How to Start a Lawn Care or Landscaping Business. If you are interested in performing additional due diligence on the lawn care industry in Florida, our resource page has an excellent collection of links to industry groups and associations for the most popular small business sectors in Florida. You can also request more information about buying a lawn care business in Florida using the contact form below.
Additional Information for Selling a Lawn Care Business in Florida
As the company that sells more businesses than anyone else in the world, Sunbelt offers a variety of resources for Florida lawn care business owners contemplating the sale of their business. You can request these free white papers on our resource page. And if you would like to schedule an initial consultation regarding your business and potential valuation, please use the contact form below.