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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#33 Ranked #46 last year
- Initial investment
$253K - $359K
- Units as of 2022
2,300 44% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a ServiceMaster Restore franchise.
ServiceMaster Clean/ServiceMaster Restore provides corporate and residential cleaning and maintenance services. They also offer disaster restoration services such as restoration of a home or a building after fire or water damage. They also usually offer home inspection services for those putting up their house for sale or planning on buying a new one.
ServiceMaster has been in the business since 1947. It began franchising in 1952. Customers and franchisees depend on their expertise. They have over 3,000 franchises in the United States and more than 1,600 internationally.
Why You May Want to Start a ServiceMaster Franchise
If you have a passion for the care and maintenance of buildings and homes, ServiceMaster might be one franchise to consider starting. With the competitiveness of this industry, a cleaning business needs to be able to hold its own against other companies in the area. With a ServiceMaster franchise and its specialized resources, its franchisees may be set up to rise to the occasion.
ServiceMaster offers several benefits, which include specialized coaching to clean health facilities, access to a top training center with full-time instructors, business, technical, and marketing support. The company also has in-house experts in research and development who typically source the professional supplies and products used in cleaning.
What Might Make ServiceMaster a Good Choice?
ServiceMaster has worked to build a respected reputation over time. Apart from the unique brand philosophy and extensive brand history, there are a few other elements that may make this franchise unique. There are five brand options to choose from under this franchise. Its franchisees typically can pick the one that suits them best.
ServiceMaster also enjoys global recognition, which can be an asset when it comes to marketing. As a franchisee, you might receive discounts from suppliers thanks to ServiceMaster's established brand relationships. And if you are well-qualified, you may be able to access in-house financing to help you open your new franchise.
Other elements that might make this a unique and great franchise to open include the education and tools that they often provide their franchisees for support. Franchisees typically have access to quality supplies as well, thanks to an in-house research and development department.
How to Open a ServiceMaster Franchise
ServiceMaster values ethics. It strives to promote integrity, cooperation, and mutual respect across the board. Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, make sure this company culture is a good fit for you.
To be part of the ServiceMaster team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees may also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
If you're interested in running a ServiceMaster franchise, you'll want to take a closer look at your area. Since this franchise focuses on commercial contracts, make sure you have access to business parks, hospitals, or churches in your area. Check out the competition and see how saturated the market is. During the process, you'll typically have a chance to chat with company representatives and existing franchisees. This is a great opportunity to ask questions—especially about location or experience.
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About ServiceMaster Restore
- Franchising Since
- 1952 (70 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Asia, Europe (Western)
- # of Units
- 2,300 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a ServiceMaster Restore franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $252,675 - $358,810
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
- $100,000 - $200,000
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
- $35,000 - $102,700
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 20% off franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 5 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- ServiceMaster Restore has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- Up to 37 hours
- Classroom Training
- 103-113 hours
- Additional Training
- Annual convention and regional seminars
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingMarketing Planning & SupportSocial MediaSEOWebsite Development
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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Franchise 500 Ranking History
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