Floor Coverings International was founded in 1988 and franchised the following year. The company’s concept is unique in that it delivers the showroom directly to customers. Vans stocked with products come to customers’ homes, providing samples, estimates, and expertise. There are currently more than 100 Floor Coverings International franchises dealing in flooring, rugs, and window coverings in the U.S. and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $133K - 305.5K
The Fresh Coat company sells painting franchises to entrepreneurs who employ professional painters. Fresh Coat specializes in interior painting, for both residential and commercial customers. The concept includes giving customers a great deal and delivering quality work, no matter how big or small the job. Another distinctive feature of Fresh Coat’s model is their commitment to the environment; the company uses eco-friendly paint at no extra cost to their customers.
Start-up Cost: $40.85K - 67.95K
Now under the ServiceMaster name (along with companies like Terminix and Merry Maids), Furniture Medic repairs and restores damaged furniture and wood. The company was founded by Joseph Lunsford in 1992 after having a negative experience with existing furniture restoration companies. Lunsford’s new and improved business model for the service industry niche has been incredibly successful and there are now over 300 locations in the U.S. Canada, and Europe.
Start-up Cost: $51.46K - 65.89K
Get A Grip is a family company run by founder Ryan Dillard and his parents, Sharon and Cub. The younger Dillard started the company in 1999, expanding on an existing family business resurfacing counters, bathtubs, and showers. The company uses a method that allows them to restore surfaces without having to replace them.
Start-up Cost: $43.6K - 92.7K
Now operating as part of the Dwyer Group, Glass Doctor was first founded in 1962 in Seattle, Washington. The company, which began selling franchises in 1977, has been providing glass repair and replacement for automotive, residential, and commercial customers ever since. With nearly 200 locations and counting, Glass Doctor is a top performer in the franchise world.
Start-up Cost: $114.2K - 295.2K
Granite Transformations was founded in 1996 in Perth, Australia. The company restores and resurfaces cabinet and countertops, specializing in stone surfaces. Countertops are manufactured at Granite Transformations’ own factory, custom-made to fit customers specifications. Granite Transformations is an international company with 160 locations and continued expansion is in the works.
Start-up Cost: $131.5K - 346K
James Baity founded Grout Doctor in 1992, after years of working in the tile industry for several years. Baity knew there was a great demand for simple tile repairs, grouting, caulking, sealing, polishing, and other tile and stone services. Less than a decade later, Grout Doctor expanded into global franchising company and has since grown to include nearly 75 locations employing trained technicians.
Start-up Cost: $20.41K - 39.92K
Marvin Belkin and Arthur Neuman started Handyman Connection in 1990. Neuman had served as the head of a maintenance committee for a homeowners association and had seen that good servicemen were hard to find. The two men partnered to form Handyman Connection, providing a wide variety of basic residential repairs and services. Soon after opening, Handyman Connection became a franchised company and has grown to include around 100 U.S. locations.
Start-up Cost: $99.85K - 157.1K
HouseMaster is a franchised group of home inspection companies that perform thorough, professional assessments of homes for buyers and sellers of real estate. The company was founded by Ken Austin, who combined his experience in both home inspections and marketing to make HouseMaster a successful franchise. The business has grown to include over 360 locations in the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $59.2K - 89.2K
Andy and Doug Hoiland, brothers, started Jet-Black in 1988. The idea came to them after being dissatisfied with a driveway sealing job that had been done at their parents’ home. The two decided to go into the sealing/resurfacing business themselves, believing they could do a better job than the competition. Customers seem to agree and the Jet-Black name is now and internationally franchised chain that consists of nearly 80 outfits.
Start-up Cost: $38.4K - 90.5K
In 1986, Bob Haglund started Kitchen Tune-Up. Working in the cabinetry field, Haglund saw a need for kitchen repairs and touch ups that did not require full-on remodeling. In 1989, he franchised the concept after having researched and developed the best methods and formulas for his restoration services. Now, over 150 Kitchen Tune-Up franchises are in operation.
Start-up Cost: $45.85K - 55.4K
Through over 450 independently owned franchises around the U.S. Lawn Doctor provides lawn care services including pest control, tree care, and regular yard maintenance. In 1967, Lawn Doctor was a very small outfit operating out of a room in a hardware store. The idea was so popular with customers that franchised locations started opening up that very year, setting the stage for the ongoing growth that Lawn Doctor would see in the coming decades.
Start-up Cost: $64.64K - 79.74K
Founded in 1993, Line-X is a spray-on bedliner company. The company’s polymer-based formula adheres immediately and permanently to truck beds and other surfaces, creating a durable protective layer that is resistant to damage from the elements. The company began selling franchises in 1999 and since that time has grown into a healthy network of nearly 500 locations.
Start-up Cost: $126.75K - 266.5K
Miracle Method provides a unique kitchen and bathroom resurfacing method that updates and transforms the look of the countertops, bathtubs, showers, and sinks without having to replace them. This is achieved through a multi-layer spray-on technique. The company was founded in 1979 by Bob Gray and franchised the next year. There are over 125 Miracle Method locations today.
Start-up Cost: $85K - 125K
Mr. Appliance operates as part of The Dwyer Group, which also includes brands like The Glass Doctor, Rainbow International, and Aire Serv. There are more than 150 Mr. Appliance franchises in North America, providing appliance repair for mostly residential customers. The company regularly makes appearances on top franchise lists.
Start-up Cost: $45.85K - 97.62K
Mr. Electric is a franchised chain of service companies specializing in electrical services and repairs. More than 160 owner operated Mr. Electric locations exist today, serving homeowners and commercial clients. The company functions as a part of the Dwyer Group of service companies which includes names like Glass Doctor, AireServ, and Mr. Rooter.
Start-up Cost: $75.4K - 173K
Open as a franchise opportunity since its founding in 2000, Mr. Handyman has become a dense network of more than 250 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The company has also begun to expand into the worldwide market. Mr. Handyman employees perform a variety of services including household repairs, painting, and decorating.
Start-up Cost: $102K - 129.1K
Mr. Rooter is a chain of plumbing companies specializing in pipe, drain, and sewer cleaning. The company is made up of more than 250 independent franchised operations serving customers in the U.S. and international markets. Founded in 1968, Mr. Rooter is now a part of the Dwyer Group, which also includes other service-industry franchises like Glass Doctor, AireServ, and Mr. Electric.
Start-up Cost: $58.45K - 153.75K
Mr. Sandless franchises provide homeowners and businesses with floor repair and beautification. They use specialized methods that eliminate the need for sanding. This is achieved through methods, equipment, and non-toxic solutions developed by the company through years of research. EDIT
Start-up Cost: $28.4K - 56.65K
N-Hance is a franchise network of wood restoration businesses in the United States and Canada. The N-Hance company uses advanced formulas and methods to renew the beauty of wood flooring and cabinets. Founded in 2001, the company started franchising two years later and has rapidly grown with more than 200 N-Hance dealerships under the brand.
Start-up Cost: $35.6K - 118.45K