Buyers have a lot of questions about buying a business. Sealey Business Brokers is here to assist you and answer your questions. Here are some of the typical questions we get from
prospective buyers that are interested in purchasing a route or business:

Do route owners offer owner financing?

In most cases owners require cash for their route. We do have a lender that will make loans for pool routes or vending routes. If you’re looking to obtain financing to buy a route give us a call.

Will the seller try to steal the customers back from me after the sale?

Every seller is required to sign a “non-compete” clause prohibiting them from contacting the customers.

How do I make sure the customer’s don’t cancel their service after I purchase the route?

Each account is guaranteed by the seller for at least 60 days from the date of the sale. In addition, we hold back 10% of the purchase price in an escrow fund in the event of a lost account.

Will the seller provide a training period after I buy a route?

Yes, you will be trained on the accounts that you bought so that you’ll be familiar with the both the route, customer and equipment. Typically training is conducted over 30 days and include hands on repairs as well as weekly maintenance. Additional training can be included to ensure you’re comfortable with your new route.

What if I need help after the training period?

Sellers are willing to assist you if you have questions after the sale. We highly recommend you join a local association like IPSSA (Independent Pool and Spa Service Association) to mingle with experienced professionals in your industry and build your network. It’s always great to be able to call on other professionals to bounce ideas and questions off of.

I see quite a few routes for sale in the same area. Are owners just flipping routes?

YSellers typically fall into one of three categories. Either they are retiring, have too many accounts, or looking to get into another industry.