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Klappenberger & Son is now offering franchises to qualified, serious, prospective owner/operators!

If you are all about quality work and genuinely interested in discussing the possibility of building and running your very own Klappenberger & Son franchise please contact us for anything from general information to specific terms.
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What Separates Klappenberger From the Rest?

A fundamental question I asked myself when I decided to franchise my painting and handyman business of thirty years is “What are the key advantages I can offer in my franchise that will set me apart from the other franchise companies in this segment?” It is a question that I thought long and hard about. Because my painting and handyman business was going to be the model that I would be using, I wanted to make sure I included in the franchise model the same elements that made my own business a success. And using the decades of learning and experience I had accumulated along the way, what could I then provide, reward, and teach that other companies don’t?”

What can I provide?

I can provide 6 weeks of training instead of the standard 2 weeks. For the life of me, I don’t know how someone can be trained in two weeks to run any business! During training, we help our franchisees find customers, give estimates, identify and hire their staff, and start doing actual jobs in their territory. I am not aware of any other painting/handyman franchise that does this. Truth told – this can’t be done in two weeks.

I can provide the largest territories of any painting and handyman franchise in the country. My territories are between 400,000 and 500,000 people. If a franchisee is to prosper, they need a large enough territory to build a significant business.

I can reward my franchisee’s with lower royalties as their business grows. Our royalty fees drop as their gross revenues increase. Why? Because I believe in rewarding hard work that produces tangible results.

I personally teach my franchisees how to close the sale. You can do a lot to generate customer leads and write estimates for prospective jobs, but if you can’t turn those estimates into actual jobs, that’s a lot of time and money wasted. The close rates on job estimates by Klappenberger franchisees is almost double the national average, and we are not the cheapest guys in town by any means!

The Franchise Goal

My goal is to have the most satisfied and successful franchisees in our industry. My commitment is to provide the tools, mentoring, and support they need to achieve that goal. We have a support staff that has been in the industry for decades and knows the obstacles and challenges that franchisees face.  With a commitment from the franchisee to follow the system and work the business, I know we can do great things together.

What’s the Secret Sauce? Why Choose a Klappenberger & Son Franchise?

Klappenberger & Son is the only painting company that has training videos for everyone. Whether you are an owner, estimator, or painter, everyone is following the same process. When a customer asks about the time, process, and products we will all be singing from the same hymn book.

What Does the Secret Sauce Make?

  • Satisfied Customers—In 2014 a third party review company found that 96% of our customers would use us again as well as refer us to a friend.
  • Consistency—When everyone is following the same process, problems just disappear.
  • Improved Margins—Using the best products, plus the best process, plus having an educated and trained staff equals better margins, and happier customers!


Owning and growing your own business has never been easier. Currently, we have franchises available in all of Virginia and Delaware, as well as in most of Maryland. 10 of the top 20 wealthiest counties in the country are in these areas.

  • Step-by-Step Opening Guide—Part of our unique training is to assist and train you to have the phone ringing from day one. Our marketing and advertising strategies will get your phone ringing without busting your budget, and let you grow at your own chosen speed.
  • Large Territories Granted—Our territories start at 350,000 and can go as high as 500,000. They are 2-3 times larger than those offered by other painting franchises.
  • Cloud Based Customer Management System—Easy to use and complete online access from your phone or tablet
  • Sales Script—We know exactly how to turn proposals into jobs. We will provide and train you on how to give the customer confidence that your services will meet and exceed their expectations.
  • Not All Jobs Are Created Equal—We will show you how to maximize profits and avoid pitfalls. We’ll help you to market your business where the profit margins are the highest.


  • One-on-One Training with Founder David Klappenberger
  • Online Training Videos for You and Your Painters
  • Comprehensive Marketing Plan
  • Quickbooks, Scheduling, and Estimating Training

Ongoing Support

  • IT Support
  • Supply Order System
  • Ongoing Support and Training
  • National Vendor Accounts

Complete Systems for Your Business

  • Estimating System
  • Painting Estimate Software
  • Sales and Marketing Material
  • Social Media
  • Blog Site

Let’s Grow a Business Together!

Shoot us an email at, or give us a call at 410.647.5700 and let’s see if we are a good fit for each other.

Upcoming Franchise Events…

Klappenberger & Son will be represented at the following expos and career fairs. We would love to have an opportunity to meet with you in person. Just stop by our booth for a personal walk-through of all the great features that a Klappenberger & Son franchise has to offer.

Can’t make it to one of these events? Bookmark this page as we will be updating it regularly as new events are added to our schedule.