1-800-Water Damage started as a home-based carpet cleaning business in the early 1990s. Business boomed almost immediately and the company was forced to continue expanding to meet the demand for dependable, on-call emergency restoration services to mitigate damages from fire, flooding, and other disasters. 1-800-Water Damage franchised in 2002 and is now comprised of over 70 independently owned and operated stores.
Start-up Cost: $98K - 175K
A-1 Concrete Leveling uses an innovative method to restore concrete slabs to level, eliminating the need for demolition and replacement. The company exclusively uses a machine and technique developed by inventor Grover Miller. The device injects slurry underneath uneven concrete slabs via a small hole drilled into the surface. This raises the sagging portions until the slab is level. Incorporated in 1993, A-1 operates through more than 70 franchisee-owned locations.
Start-up Cost: $115.5K - 145.9K
ABC is a franchised group of siding sales and installation companies operating across the United States. The company was initially a general remodeling outfit before narrowing its focus on siding and gutters. Founder Gerald Beyers started the company in 1973 and it has since become a network of about 115 individual locations.
Start-up Cost: $81K - 207.5K
The first Ace DuraFlo was opened in 1997, providing an innovative plumbing service. The company performs pipe repairs using techniques that do not require expensive and destructive demolition of walls and floors. Customers were thrilled with the idea and the service, and in 2001 the company began offering franchised units. Currently, almost 60 of these specialty repair outlets exist.
Start-up Cost: $36.19K - 410.1K
Ace Hardware started as a collection of stores opened by a handful of retailers who decided to pool their efforts in order to more effectively compete with bigger and more well-known hardware retailers.The idea worked, and the Ace name has stood the test of time. For decades, Ace has continued to expand and there are currently about 4,600 Ace Hardware stores throughout the U.S. and abroad. The brand has even grown to include its own line of products.
Start-up Cost: $750K - 1000K
Aire Serv is a part of the Dwyer Group, which includes names such as Glass Doctor, Mr. Rooter, and Rainbow International. Aire Serv provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services including troubleshooting, repairs, and replacement. Air Serv caters to both residential and commercial clients through its more than 180 locations in the U.S. and other countries around the world.
Start-up Cost: $74.6K - 197.4K
Dick Rennick started American Leak Detection in 1974, providing residential and commercial customers with hidden leak detection through the use of minimally invasive electronic equipment. This allows technicians to find leaks in pipes, pool linings, and other buried or difficult to reach places without having to use destructive excavation methods.
Start-up Cost: $76.76K - 259.55K
AmericSpec Home Inspection Services started in 1988 as a home inspection company in Sacramento, California. Almost immediately, the company began selling franchises. In 1996, the brand joined together with the ServiceMaster group of household and property service companies. Other ServiceMaster brands include Terminix, Merry Maids, and TruGreen/ChemLawn.
Start-up Cost: $37.7K - 70.25K
Batteries Plus originated in Green Bay, Wisconsin where the first of these specialized battery sales and service stores was opened in 1988. The company sells batteries for all manner of electronics and equipment to individual and commercial clients. With nearly 500 locations in the United States, Batteries Plus has made a distinctive name for itself in the franchise world.
Start-up Cost: $175.6K - 350.2K
BrightStar Care started as a family business after after experiencing the frustrations that can arise when caring for a family member. Husband and wife founders J.D. and Shelly Sun used the insights they gained during this personal situation, combining them with their business know-how (the two already owned two hotel franchises) to build BrightStar into the successful company it is today. The BrightStar name developed into a franchise network of over 250 staffing centers.
Start-up Cost: $96K - 168.1K
Budget Blinds was started in 1992 by David Lewis, Brent Hallock, Chad Hallock, Tony Forbes and Todd Jackson. The five had all worked together at a window covering company prior to venturing out on their own to create Budget Blinds. They used their industry knowledge and experience to create a unique approach to retail window covering sales. Their technicians essentially bring the showroom to the customer by providing in-home consultations, sales, and installations. Budget Blinds now operates throughout the U.S. and Canada, with nearly 800 locations in all.
Start-up Cost: $89.24K - 174.07K
A part of The Franchise Company group of brands, which includes Paul Davis Restoration and California Closet Company, CertaPro specializes in interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial customers. They practice a customer service oriented business model, even maintaining a fully functional call center. More than 300 CertaPro Painters franchises are open across the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $129K - 158K
Pioneers in their self-created industry, Certified Restoration provides a unique service that has continued to grow in demand. Working primarily with victims of disasters like flood and fire, the company cleans, sanitizes, and restores upholstery, rugs, carpets, curtains and other textile items. Over 140 Certified Restoration franchises currently exist.
Start-up Cost: $43.05K - 233K
Founded in 1984, Christmas Decor is a decorating and event preparation company specializing in creating festive ambience for holidays and special occasions. Christmas Decor entered itself into the realm of franchise sales in 1996, and the response has been incredibly positive. More than 250 units have been purchased and business is booming in this niche market.
Start-up Cost: $13.15K - 35.35K
Kevin Clark founded Critter Control in 1983. Clark had worked as a chimney sweep and incidentally saw the need for wildlife removal services after being asked to extract wayward animals from his clients’ chimneys on more than one occasion. The company now has more than 100 franchised operations in North America and Canada, offering removal services along with installation of preventative devices and related cleanup/repair services.
Start-up Cost: $12.75K - 80.5K
Decor&You works with owners and renters of both office and residential spaces, helping them to achieve their aesthetic and functional goals through interior design. The company was first started by Josie Cicerale and Karen Powell in 1994. They franchised their concept in 1998. Now, 70 independent locations are in operation in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $54.1K - 61.8K
Disaster Kleenup International, which goes by DKI today, was founded in 1974 to serve home and business owners. DKI provides all kinds of services from cleanup and decontamination to mold remediation and restoration of flood, fire, and otherwise damaged property. There are currently more than 400 DKI franchises in nearly all 50 states.
Start-up Cost: $7.15K - 102.54K
Dryer Vent Wizard is a niche business specializing in dryer vent care and maintenance. Technicians clean, repair, reroute, and otherwise care for dryer vents in homes and commercial locations. Keeping dryer vents clean increases the efficiency of the machine and lowers fire risk. The company, formed in 2004 and franchised in 2006, currently has almost 60 U.S. locations and in Canada.
Start-up Cost: $67.65K - 89.85K
Ductz is an HVAC restoration and air duct cleaning company. John Rotche originally founded Ductz in 2002. The first Ductz was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was very successful. The company launched its first franchise opportunities two years later, quickly growing into the 120 locations it has today. In 2008, Ductz was acquired by Belfor, the largest property restoration company in the world.
Start-up Cost: $54.18K - 103.79K
Five Star Painting was founded by five childhood friends who had the collective dream to start their own business and achieve financial independence. The partners still run the company, which is now a franchised operation consisting of 60 units. Five Star does interior and exterior painting for both residential and commercial customers.
Start-up Cost: $25.71K - 80.35K