Exploring the Franchise Option

Franchising can be a great way for remodelers to diversify their holdings and smooth out the business cycle. It also allows them to offer something that their competitors may not and gives them a system for running their business. But franchising may not be for everyone. For some sound advice we talked to Amy Brown, director of marketing for DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen.

QR: Why should a remodeler consider buying a franchise?

Amy Brown: What we find is that there are successful remodeling companies out there that get to a certain level of growth and feel like they have to wear all the hats. They wonder why business has to be this hard. They’re having a hard time recruiting the right people, and even though they’re doing a great volume, they still do not understand their numbers.
Franchising can provide them with the systems for recruiting great people that will stay with them in establishing a company culture. They learn what to look for in a monthly P&L (Profit and Loss) sheet in order to guide the business in a positive direction.

They also get the sales and marketing systems to succeed. So really it is a way to take a good business to a higher level. Many times people often think franchising is just for a start-up, but our primary franchisee is someone who is already running a business but knows there has just got to be an easier way to run things and accomplish what they want to accomplish.

QR: Who would make a good candidate for a franchise?

AB: Somebody who has the drive to meet their personal and professional goals and who also doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel. They want to follow a pre-established system, yet they’re entrepreneurial enough to be in business themselves. We look for someone who is very coachable, very team oriented, has high integrity in business ethics, and who is interested in establishing a brand — not only for themselves, but also building equity as far as a national brand name.

QR: Do you know of a success story of someone converting or adding a franchise?

AB: One of our franchisees converted their business to DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen, and I believe initially didn’t roll everything in. Today, I believe they solely exist as DreamMaker. What they found by becoming a franchise was that DreamMaker systems helped them achieve a lot of their personal and professional goals. For example, they were able to price their jobs at a better margin, which in turn allowed them to achieve the net profit that they wanted, pay themselves a healthier salary as owners, provide some healthcare benefits for their employees and donate to some local charities.

QR: What advice would you give a remodeler thinking about buying a franchise?

AB: Investigate, investigate. Franchising is not for everyone. So really ask yourself the questions: Do I want to follow systems or am I more of a maverick who wants to come up with a way to do it on my own? Do I like networking with my peers? Do I like being part of a team? With any franchise company there’s a disclosure document required that a franchise company will provide a candidate. Take a look at that carefully and ask a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid to talk to existing franchisees in the network as well to see what sort of experience it has been for them. |

Franchise Opportunities

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.
(701) 293-5952
For more info, please indicate #122 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 427-7349
For more info, please indicate #123 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 722-4668
For more info, please indicate #124 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 963-8827
For more info, please indicate #125 in eInquiry 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, under $4,000.
(888) 922-5463
For more info, please indicate #126 in eInquiry form.

If you are considering adding sunrooms to your existing product line, or you are a veteran in the sunroom industry, you might want to consider becoming a part of the Branstrator team. In addition to offering the most comprehensive sunroom line in the nation, Branstrator offers a leading support team — for sales, marketing and installation.
(260) 747-7447
For more info, please indicate #127 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 426-9434
For more info, please indicate #128 in eInquiry form.

Clear Choice USA goes to market as “America’s Best Value for Quality Replacement Windows.” Its energy-saving, premium grade, white vinyl double-hung windows are only “$185 Any Size Installed” per unit in most markets. Its alliances with the leading window manufacturers in the country, combined with its “Price-Value” commitment, make Clear Choice USA an excellent solution to consumers and an excellent business opportunity.
(866) 604-1999
For more info, please indicate #129 in eInquiry 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.
(310) 715-1000
For more info, please indicate #130 in eInquiry 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 installers.
(888) 949-9089
For more info, please indicate #131 in eInquiry 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.
(866) 481-2299
For more info, please indicate #132 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 253-9153
For more info, please indicate #133 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 521-0179
For more info, please indicate #134 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 273-6080
For more info, please indicate #135 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 466-5530
For more info, please indicate #136 in eInquiry form.

Home Living Solutions recently launched a new dealer training and marketing program designed to bring in quality sales in these tough times. In their new program, selling walk-in tubs is secondary to first determining if the tub will actually benefit the prospective client and if it can be relatively easily installed for a reasonable and affordable price.
(800) 590-1886
For more info, please indicate #137 in eInquiry 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.
(888) 495-5220
For more info, please indicate #138 in eInquiry 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 $50,000 liquid capital is required to begin exploring the House Doctors franchise opportunity.
(888) 468-7336
For more info, please indicate #139 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 845-6779
For more info, please indicate #141 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 822-7905
For more info, please indicate #142 in eInquiry 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.
(860) 416-3045
For more info, please indicate #143 in eInquiry form.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchise partners with individuals to help them achieve personal goals and build a business. OLPF provides rigorous training, 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.
(877) 898-8808
For more info, please indicate #144 in eInquiry 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.
(800) 438-7465
For more info, please indicate #145 in eInquiry 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. Qualifications include management, marketing and sales experience. Insurance or construction skills are helpful, but not necessary. A commitment to follow system, honesty and integrity is a must.
(888) 473-7669
For more info, please indicate #146 in eInquiry 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 info, please indicate #147 in eInquiry form.

Re-Bath specializes 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.
(800) 228-4882
For more info, please indicate #148 in eInquiry 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.
(501) 954-8060
For more info, please indicate #149 in eInquiry 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.
(888) 366-9627
For more info, please indicate #151 in eInquiry 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 set-up for installation and do-it-yourself showroom. All this plus exclusive territory with no dealer fees.
(800) 220-1650 ext. 212
For more info, please indicate #140 in eInquiry form.