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    when buying an existing grooming business ... what bills/recepits/questions, etc do you ask for? anything that i missed???

    i have compiled this list much through & from problems to profits.

    utilities (water/electric)
    security system

    taxes - payroll
    employees - commission rates/hourly rates
    insurance - liability & worker's comp
    licences - dues/fees

    receipts: (this is for equipment that I know they have)
    bank of cages (about 18?)
    kennel dryers (2)
    4 grooming tables
    stand dryer
    hv dryer
    tubs 2
    grooming supplies /office
    any retail purchased (?)

    outstanding bills (?) if any
    veterinary bills
    all leases/contracts
    repairs and maintainence (bldg & equipment)


    client list & history (grooming/dog boarding/cat boarding)
    bank accounts
    supplier list

    Anything else ..........?

  • #2
    Garbage bills?

    What about possible maintainence like floor cleaners or window washers?


    • #3
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      • #4
        Tax records and P/L for the last 3 to 5 years to compare against a client list.

        Run a check for liens and lawsuits against both the shop and owner.

        Check vendor payment history - if it is bad you may have a hard time getting credit with them. Many shops are COD only because of late payments.


        • #5
          Also, check with employees. I can't tell you HOW MANY groomers who apply at my shop because their paychecks kept bouncing at their former salon.

          Get a list of any improvements done in the last 3 years, get names of contractors and make sure they have been paid. Becuase these people can put a lien for up to 3 years.


          • #6
            also, do they have any gift certificates outstanding? You would hate to buy the shop and find out they have $1000 in gift certificates that have yet to be cashed.

            If it were me, I WOULD NOT BUY THE BUSINESS, instead I would buy parts.

            Meaning... Buy the client list, Buy the equipment, assume lease. This will hold you harmless for past bills, taxes, etc.

            You will have to get your own business license, tax id, and change the name. But you are safer.