The BrickKicker Home Inspection

At a Glance

Products & Services: Residential and commercial inspections, related services

Number of Locations: 41

Total Investment: $13.6K - $35.2K

Founded: 1989

Began Franchising: 1994

About The BrickKicker Home Inspection

Len Franckowiak founded the Home Building Institute (HBI), a school that taught about the different facets and trades of home building. One of the courses at HBI, Old House Rehab, dealt with the inspection and analysis of old houses. Realtors would take the class to learn about older homes and would often call on Franckowiak for his insight into the condition of a property. Through these consultations, Franckowiak saw the need for a home inspection service and, with the help of Ronald Ewald, started BrickKicker in 1992.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 40 0 0 1
2012 40 0 0 1
2011 44 0 0 1
2010 50 0 0 1
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Midwest, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, West, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $13,600 - $35,200
Franchise Fee: $9,000 - $15,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $50,000
Liquid Cash Available: $20,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. 10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Direct mail