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Handyman Matters brings professionalism, craftsmanship, and excellent customer service to this industry, completing over a quarter million jobs since we started seven years ago. We pride ourselves on reputable, ethical business practices, quality job performance, and superior customer service. We cover all residential and commercial projects.
Handyman Matters sets itself apart from the competition through our commitment to act as an ethical and reputable business. Distinct hiring practices set us apart from our competitors by conducting rigorous interviews, reference checks, background checks, skill assessment, testing, and continued training to insure consistency and quality each and every time you use our service.
- We specialize in small to medium sized projects from a torn screen to a complete bathroom remodel you can count on us.
- All Jobs Guaranteed for 1 Year
- Insured, Licensed, & Bonded
- Discounts for Senior Citizens
- Locally Owned & Operated
Handyman Matters has been an operating handyman business since 1997, and franchising since 2001. We are currently in 35 states, 3 countries and have 105 operating units. We are registered in all 50 states, and expanding quickly.
Life is Worth Fixing!
When people ask why remodeling is growing, the answer is very basic arithmetic. There are now in the United States over 100 million housing units, and of that number 70 million are at least 15 years old. Everyone who knows construction recognizes that houses, if they are structurally sound, tend to last forever, but their integral parts wear out on a predictable basis. Roofs wear out in a 15-20 year cycle, kitchens and baths become outdated in about that same time frame, major equipment such as hot water heaters and furnaces wear out on a predictable cycle, and every house needs constant upkeep and maintenance. So, as we add one million new units each year at a minimum, and the existing housing stock gets one year older, there has to be an increasing market for remodeling and renovation.
In the commercial, institutional, and industrial segment there are in this country just under 5 million buildings. Of that number, 60% are over 20 years old, and some 750,000 are at least 60 years old. All real estate and buildings need constant upkeep and maintenance, and thus the market for remodeling, but even more, the market for repair and maintenance.
Consider these statistical factors regarding the specific area of repair and maintenance.
- Government surveys of remodeling and renovation show that repair and maintenance is running between 42-45% of the total market. This means that of the approximately $100 billion market, there is $42-45 billion spent on handyman types of services.
- In these surveys, 17% of the market is in major replacement, primarily hot water heaters, furnaces, roofs, and other major items. Until recently, window and door replacement was not included in this major replacement category, so it is probably understated. The $8-10 billion replacement window market and the $1-2 billion replacement door market suggest the understatement may be as much as $10 billion.
This type of work can in part be handled by the repair and maintenance (handyman) segment of the industry. So the total for the repair and maintenance market in the residential sector reached around $60-70 billion in the early 1990s.
- Over 30% of the residential, remodeling, and repair market is rental property -- 65 million of the 100 million single-family housing units. In multi-family dwellings, almost all of the work done is in repair and maintenance.
- In the commercial, institutional, and industrial segment, there is a need for repair and maintenance on a regular basis. What this means to remodeling and repair is that the number of new shopping centers built will be drastically reduced and the existing space will require repair and maintenance as well as considerable remodeling.
- Most studies show that real estate values, with some regional variance, will probably not increase much beyond the rate of inflation. The reasons for this are fourfold:
There will be no tremendous push for new homes for the baby boomers. The 76 million people born between 1946-1964 are now 27-45 years old and most have purchased their first house. Thus, there is no tremendous demand for new homes.
In many parts of the country, particularly the northeast and California, house prices have risen much faster than salaries. In southern California, the median price of a house was $220,000 and the median income was less than $35,000. By contrast, in Houston the median house price was $69,000 and the median income approached $40,000.
All this means that people are much more cost/value oriented as they view remodeling work to be done. When a homeowner's house is going up in value 15-20% a year, and they plan to do a remodeling project, they often will bring the contractor in and tell them to just do it. They will not really care how much it costs. They made $50,000 on their house last year. So there was no emphasis on the cost to value relationship.
When the value of your house is static, deflating, or going up only at the rate of inflation, then more attention is given to whether the remodeling project will offer a pay back if the house needs to be sold within the next 3 years.
Most importantly, it means that more attention is going to be given to taking care of an existing house to make sure it does not deteriorate in value and that it stands the chances of being sold as a mint condition house rather than one that shows deferred maintenance.
Things are changing and evolving in the handyman industry at an extremely rapid rate. This industry has had little qualified competition. We have perfected our systems, operation and technology to better address the day-to-day demands of the industry. We never stop developing and improving our system and techniques, it is a continual process. We at Handyman Matters have developed state-of-the-art proprietary software that systematically manages the entire company including scheduling, marketing, dispatch and accounting. This is a very powerful, unique tool and in your hands as a skillful hands-on manager, it provides a customized, proven information system that only a large well established company can afford.
Why the Handyman Industry?
Very rarely do you see an opportunity such as this come along where an industry moves from a mom-and-pop operation to an established organization. The market is not yet saturated, making it an ideal time to take advantage of this opportunity. As the decade of the 1980s came to a close, it became apparent that the whole concept of small jobs, repair, and maintenance was dramatically changing and that there was a need for a segment of the remodeling industry to focus on this part of the business.
As we work our way through the millennium, this whole scenario is dramatically changed. There are factors now which almost mandate the creation of a delivery system for small jobs and handyman services.
Why a Franchise?
A Business Strategy
Franchising is nothing more or less than a business strategy for getting and keeping customers. It is a marketing system for creating an image in the minds of customers about the company's products or services. It is a method for distributing products and services that satisfy customer needs. Franchising is a network of interdependent business relationships that allows a number of people to share a brand identification, a successful method of doing business, and a strong marketing and distribution system.
For the franchisee, franchising is about risk reduction and safety. You give up the total freedom associated with being an independent owner to become part of a group of people committed to building a brand and dominating markets using a common, tested operating system. You don't have to guess about the most effective way to build your business, there is a specific system to use.
The franchisor provides a proven method of doing business (the operating system), a brand or trademark that will have value in the eyes of the customer based on execution of the operating system, and initial and ongoing support so you won't have to reinvent the wheel to be successful. You provide capital to expand the brand faster than the franchisor can by itself and management talent to run the business and execute the operating system.
A franchise system should also provide group buying power to cut your operating expenses, faster growth due to tested marketing programs, predictable results based on your adherence to the operating system and less risk of your invested capital. The trade-offs for you are the fees you pay the franchisor for the operating license and the restrictions you will deal with on the method of operating the business.
Why Buy a Handyman Matters Franchise?
Established Track Record - As a franchise buyer, you become part of a proven system of our operation. We are currently in 26 states and 3 countries. We have a strong history from you to learn from and help predict your own future.
Faster Start - The learning curve is short as a franchise owner with the assistance from us along with our own years of experience to draw upon in starting other new operations successfully. We provide intense training on site as well as five days of opening training and unlimited ongoing support - your success is our main goal!
Less Risk - Your chances of failure are lower with a Handyman Matters franchise operation because of our experience, expertise and proven resources that support you in your business.
Low Investment - Our front-end investment is low, which favors you as an entrepreneur. More often than not, we can often help you if borrowing is in need to get you kick-started.
Name Recognition - With our established franchise, now in 3 countries, you get the benefits that accrue from marketing an established brand of service. We've done all the hard work, you can use our tools and contribute to the creation of the brand.
Business Support - Our promise to all our franchisees is always delivering valuable, ongoing business support, including training of additional employees for your business, marketing, on-the-edge technology and much more! We can even help develop a business plan, learning the best way to hire and manage your personnel and how to profitably manage your operations.
Personal Fulfillment - As a Handyman Franchisee, you are your own operator, working for yourself, controlling your risks and charting your own course. Keep in mind that few business opportunities offer the possibilities of more satisfaction. You will be seen as a member of a family of business people with the same interest and goals.