Remodeling contractors are entrepreneurs by nature. And this year, more than any other year in recent memory, those entrepreneurial skills are being put to the test. Most remodelers are in the process of right-sizing their business, finding the right blend of cost reductions and marketing know-how to grow the top line, all while keeping a firm hand on expenses. For many remodelers, this may well be the year to strike out into new directions, to re-examine the opportunities offered by the many remodeling industry franchise networks and dealer opportunities.
A recent discussion on Qualified Remodeler’s LinkedIn group page (www.linkedin.com) featured points made for and against seeking new opportunities at this time. Ron Cowgill, president of the Chicago NARI chapter, cited the upfront costs and the potential for a delayed payback as reasons for holding off on exploring the franchise option this year.
Likewise, Bruce Case, president at Case Design/Remodeling Inc., recommends a thorough analysis before proceeding in a decision to explore purchasing a remodeling franchise or dealership.
If you are currently not meeting your business goals and aspirations, there are two basic types of opportunities that might fit, says Case.
- New Business Engine: Add a new arm to your business to improve short-/mid-term cash flow, effectively add new clients and to enhance the stability of your business. There are a number of options like gutter licenses, sunrooms, etc. Case’s new “Handyman Express” licensed product gives you the tools to add Handyman services under your current business name/brand at a low level of investment.
- Franchising: Franchising is more akin to getting married than the options outlined above. This approach is good if you are ready, willing and able to make a larger investment of time and money to embrace the systems of the franchise. If you think you’re ready for franchising, plan on spending a good deal of time researching your options. I’d recommend giving franchisors a “test drive” first by experiencing their educational or licensing products.
ABC Seamless manufactures seamless steel siding and gutters. Franchisees get exclusive territories and products, ongoing sales training, applicator and machine training, marketing support and business planning.
For more information, please type in #75 in E-inquiry form.
For nearly 40 years, Admiral Sunrooms has featured quality engineered and built sunrooms. Utilizing the latest technologies, Admiral’s products offer innovative, high-quality construction. Highlights of the Admiral Sunrooms’ dealer program include: no franchise fees, extensive product line, training programs and a full range of business support systems.
For more information, please type in #76 in E-inquiry form.
Archadeck is the nation’s largest builder of custom decks and also builds screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and other outdoor living projects. Franchisees are trained on marketing and sales, construction and business management.
For more information, please type in #77 in E-inquiry form.
BCI Acrylic Bath Systems is the largest independent manufacturer of acrylic bath liners, shower liners and wall surrounds. Its New Blue program features high-quality products and the latest technology for start-ups and existing businesses looking for new revenue streams. BCI offers no franchise or royalty fees, comprehensive product and sales training, and high profit margins.
For more information, please type in #78 in E-inquiry form.
More window replacement contractors are expanding their product lines with custom blinds and shutters. Blind Brokers Network can help you add on custom blinds and shutters. You’ll offer discounts on name-brand products because of the BBN’s national buying power. The BBN offers free training, support for all members and has a low start-up capital requirement between $199 to $2,195.
For more information, please type in #79 in E-inquiry form.
Case Handyman and Remodeling Services, LLC is the United States’ largest full-service residential remodeling company. With headquarters in Bethesda, Md., the multiple award-winning organization is recognized as one of the country’s premiere remodeling companies. Through its headquarters and Case franchises in over 180 territories around the country, Case continues a tradition of industry innovation and superior design and remodeling service.
For more information, please type in #80 in E-inquiry form.
With a Clear Choice USA Clear Choice Replacement Window franchise comes all the benefits and advantages of a franchise store without the associated franchise fees. With access to some of the best minds in the window treatment business with training, marketing, advertising and promotion materials, and operational guidance and support, a Clear Choice USA business can be taken to any level of success desired.
For more information, please type in #81 in E-inquiry form.
The No. 1 franchise in closet systems, Closet Factory has franchise opportunities worldwide. By continuing to set new standards in client care, customization and craftsmanship, Closet Factory has grown to become a leading franchise in closet systems with more than 117 territories throughout the world.
For more information, please type in #117 in E-inquiry form.
Corbond Performance Insulation is a tough, spray-in-place, closed-cell insulation product which seals, strengthens and permanently adheres to all kinds of surfaces while helping to eliminate the chance for mold. While manufacturing and distributing its own product, Corbond also sells the installation equipment and offers in-house training and certification
For more information, please type in #82 in E-inquiry form.
Crystal Clear Window Works is a window restoration and defogging business opportunity with hundreds of technicians serving markets throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This business opportunity offers unique licenses, high margins, marketing support, lead generation, technical and operations training, back-end business systems, and corporate warranty protection.
For more information, please type in #83 in E-inquiry form.
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen by Worldwide is an exclusive bath and kitchen remodeling franchise organization. It has franchisees in over 190 locations around the world and over 30 years’ experience in taking businesses to the next level of success. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is the premier kitchen and bath remodeling business, offering exciting opportunities in the residential and commercial markets.
For more information, please type in #84 in E-inquiry form.
FAFCO, the oldest and largest solar water heating manufacturer in the United States, is accepting new dealers and distributors for its Solar Domestic Hot Water systems, designed to reduce energy consumption and costs by up to 50 percent. FAFCO systems are made out of polymer, and unlike the heavy copper collectors of the past, are lightweight and easy-to-install. Everything comes in one box that weighs 70 lbs.
For more information, please type in #85 in E-inquiry form.
Four Seasons has been a leader in glass room design, manufacturing and marketing since its inception in 1975. Its experience and market research has enabled it to define exactly who the customer is, how to reach them and how to entice them to buy its products. As a Four Seasons Sunrooms franchisee, you gain access to this information and can capitalize on the unique marketing benefits it offers your business.
For more information, please type in #86 in E-inquiry form.
Get A Grip Inc. offers a No Royalty Franchise that includes a turnkey, complete business system to help start a new business quickly. Common surfaces worked on include all types of countertop surfaces such as laminate and cultured marble, vanity sinks, ceramic tiles in the bathroom and kitchen, porcelain bathtubs and sinks, fiberglass bathtubs, showers and enclosures, resurfacing of laminate cabinets as well as major and minor repairs on all types of porcelain and fiberglass surfaces.
For more information, please type in #87 in E-inquiry form.
Gutter Pro USA manufactures two systems: Gutter Pro and LeafSlugger. Gutter Pro USA distributes products through home remodeling companies or small contractor businesses nationwide. These products are packaged and shipped in boxes that contain 100 ft. of panel, .027 gauge thick, and 50 support brackets. The company also offers exclusive, professional support in sales, marketing and administration to all its distributors.
For more information, please type in #88 in E-inquiry form.
Handyman Connection was created to address a common question among homeowners: Where can I find qualified, reliable craftsman to do the small home repairs and small remodeling jobs in my home that I don’t have the time, tools or talent to do myself? Franchisees are provided with corporate training, proprietary software, marketing and ongoing training.
For more information, please type in #89 in E-inquiry form.
Known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses” franchise, HomeVestors of America, Inc. was founded in 1989 and has been franchising since 1996. The first franchise company of its kind, HomeVestors trains and supports franchisees that specialize in buying, rehabbing and reselling houses. HomeVestors also now offers a new associate franchise designation for those who want to be in the business part time.
For more information, please type in #90 in E-inquiry form.
As a House Doctors handyman and home improvement franchisee, you employ service technicians and schedule them to go out and work with clients. You manage the business, and your role includes the recruiting, training and motivation of your staff, and the marketing and planning responsibilities within your franchise. A minimum of $35,000 liquid capital is required to begin exploring the House Doctors franchise opportunity.
For more information, please type in #91 in E-inquiry form.
For over 20 years Kitchen Solvers has been working with people around the United States and Canada, helping them achieve career goals by incorporating experience, expertise and tested methods into a complete package of training and support. Whether a hands-on owner-operator or an owner-executive managing a staff, you can benefit immediately from a Kitchen Solvers franchise program.
For more information, please type in #92 in E-inquiry form.
Luxury Bath Systems fits custom-formed acrylic tubs and wall-surrounds over existing tubs and tile. This technology allows one-day remodeling of any bathroom to save time, mess and the expense of demolition. Remodeling can include walls, shower doors, ceiling panels, towel and grab bars, plumbing fixtures and accessibility products.
For more information, please type in #93 in E-inquiry form.
MasterShield Gutter Protection offers a turnkey marketing program designed for home improvement companies and marketing organizations interested in exclusive territories. Dealers get product, a message and materials to quickly differentiate their business. Installation is easy and fast. MasterShield offers lead programs and access to media proven to cut lead/sales costs.
For more information, please type in #94 in E-inquiry form.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchise partners with individuals to help them achieve personal goals and build a business. OLPF provides rigorous training and proven sales, support and marketing systems that enable our franchisees to sell, design and install professional outdoor lighting systems. Franchise fees range from $29,000 to $89,000.
For more information, please type in #95 in E-inquiry form.
Owens Corning Basement Finishing System, a product designed to meet the unique needs of the basement environment, and Owens Corning SunSuites Sunrooms, combine the best features of traditional materials with the advantages of fiberglass construction. Franchise requirements include minimum purchase requirements, good standing with the Better Business Bureau, a five-year contract and a minimum warehousing requirement of 1,000 sq. ft.
For more information, please type in #96 in E-inquiry form.
Paul Davis Restoration is a single-source provider of restoration contracting services for the property insurance industry. PDR has been in business since 1966 and currently has over 220 franchised units. If you decide to become a part of the Paul Davis Restoration franchise network, you’ll take part in a comprehensive training program, receive field training by industry experts, enjoy promotional support from our marketing team, and build your own team of associates.
For more information, please type in #97 in E-inquiry form.
PremierGarage specializes in creating garage environments that equal the style, quality and attention to detail found in clients’ homes. PremierGarage is looking for enterprising trade contractors located in small- to mid-sized cities and towns who want to extend their current businesses through this opportunity.
(866) 483-4272 outside Arizona, (480) 483-3030 in Arizona
For more information, please type in #98 in E-inquiry form.
Re-Bath Express is a mobile showroom and workshop that allows remodelers to specialize in one-day bathroom remodeling with acrylic bathtub liners, wall surround systems and shower base liners designed to fit over ugly, dingy and out-of-date bathrooms. Its comprehensive approach, excellent products, years of experience, sound management and positive reputation all combine to give a unique opportunity for remodelers.
For more information, please type in #99 in E-inquiry form.
Rhino Linings Corporation now offers flooring, coating and lining solutions for the home with its Rhino Home Pro. These systems include epoxy, polyaspartic and stain that have been time-tested to withstand steady foot traffic and chemical resistance. From its premium polyaspartic flooring solution which offers a quick return-to-service to its epoxy flooring system for cost-conscious customers, Rhino has a solution for everyone’s flooring needs.
For more information, please type in #100 in E-inquiry form.
As a pioneer in the shade and outdoor living market, SeaShell Awnings USA is looking for providers that it can build partnerships with. SeaShell delivers leads to its providers, as well as marketing, advertising and public relations support to its authorized SeaShell provider network.
For more information, please type in #101 in E-inquiry form.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of daylighting systems, Solatube International Inc. is now recruiting in major markets throughout the U.S and Canada in an effort to grow its network. With the assistance of its business development team, members will establish a showroom location to push out a comprehensive marketing campaign targeting the residential market.
For more information, please type in #102 in E-inquiry form.
Window Depot USA recruits business people with a proven track record of success in the home improvement, and/or related industry. The ideal licensee candidate must be creditworthy in order to establish a direct buying relationship with one of our strategic business/window manufacturers. They also must be willing to embrace the Window Depot USA business model.
For more information, please type in #103 in E-inquiry form.
Window Medics International uses a fog-removal technology for on-site removal of fog and moisture without removing the window. This opportunity offers a chance to enter a profitable business with affordable start-up costs, interested customers and immediate revenue potential. Dealership pricing ranges from $15,000 to $20,000.
For more information, please type in #104 in E-inquiry form.
Window World is a reputable and well-established licensor furnishing vinyl windows, vinyl siding, entry doors, garage doors, and sunrooms to approved licensees, and currently has nearly 200 well-established licensees in 46 states. To ensure long-term licensee, profitability Window World offers protected territories, start-up and ongoing training, below average cost of goods prices, and above average products.
For more information, please type in #105 in E-inquiry form.
Windowizards Dealer Network offers 50 years of experience plus multimedia marketing for low-cost lead generation and tracking. Windowizards offers assistance in sales and installer training and complete infrastructure setup for installation and do-it-yourself showroom. All this plus exclusive territory with no dealer fees.
For more information, please type in #106 in E-inquiry form.