Franchises now available!
Are you the right fit? Watch the video below to find out!
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!
What to Expect
For any business to succeed, you, as the owner must continually be focused on its success. You must have a plan, but more importantly, on a daily basis resolve be fully committed to its execution in order to reach and exceed targeted goals. Throughout the training process we will spend time exploring and developing your goals and the best way to achieve them. Along with the subjects below your first week of training also includes a focus on leadership, and personal development.
Core Training Items
Estimating—Proper estimating is crucial to protecting your profits and that’s why we have generated two different ways of estimating cost. Our estimating system is based on real jobs and it includes many photos to illustrate clearly the subtleties and details of the process.
Video Training—We are the only franchise of our kind with over 32 video training classes designed to not only develop, but to perfect the skills of you and your employees. Having a proven process from over 26 years of experience will save you from making countless mistakes, greatly increase productivity, and considerably reduce your customer complaints. And if and when customer complaints do arise, we will teach you how to effectively resolve them, more often than not turning a negative into a positive.
Confidence—Upon completion of the initial training you will not only possess the knowledge required to professionally and efficiently perform all necessary tasks, but you will also be able to speak with confidence about all phases of our painting and related services. Though we will not teach you how to paint, you will know the proper techniques and how to identify and keep the best painters.
People—We will also show you how to find and interview skilled painters and carpenters. Finding excellent help is always a challenge, but drawing on our 26 years of hiring experience I will show you our system for identifying potential risks and quickly spotting poor and unproductive painters.
Marketing/Training—With over 26 years of experience I will personally help you to grow and market your business to meet and exceed your goals. Whether you prefer to specialize in the areas of commercial, residential, property management, government, or some mix, we have proven marketing strategies to ensure your success.
Here at Klappenberger & Son our training incorporates a focus on your personal business goals from day one, so that when your training is complete, together we’ll have already begun to establish contacts and potential customers, thus laying the groundwork necessary for your continuing success.
- One-on-One Training with Founder David Klappenberger
- Online Training Videos for You and Your Painters
- Comprehensive Marketing Plan
- Quickbooks, Scheduling, and Estimating Training
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 Makes for an Ideal Painting Franchise?
If you are all about quality work and exceeding customer expectations, and are genuinely interested in discussing the possibility of building your very own business, look no further.
Qualifications For Position
- Be Honest, Trustworthy, and of Outstanding Character
- Be a High-Energy individual with a Strong Work Ethic
- Have Excellent Customer Relations, Sales, and Managerial Skills
- Have Excellent Communication Skills
- Not Want to Rest on Last Years Salary, but Rather Want More
- Possess Basic Business and Computer Skills
Prior painting or home improvement experience will be considered a plus, and we even offer a compelling program option for existing painting businesses. However, previous industry experience is not a necessity.
Of course, you should love working with people and pleasing customers! You will also need to meet all licensing and certification requirements in the area in which you operate, but don’t worry, we can help you identify those requirements. We are looking for winners to join us, and help us take Klappenberger & Son to the next level. If you’ve got what it takes to meet the high standards of the Klappenberger & Son system and are ready to embrace it, take the next step by completing and submitting the enclosed confidential request form. Upon review, if we think you’d be a good match, we’ll set up a meeting where we’ll discuss the details about what it takes to be on your way toward operating your own Klappenberger & Son business.
We appreciate your interest in the Klappenberger & Son Franchise Program. We look forward to hearing from you!
Franchise Start-Up Costs
Franchise Cost Chart
The following table contains an overview of all franchise costs:
|Item||Low Estimate||High Estimate|
Notes (See FDD for greater detail.)
|Franchise Fee||$ 25,000 (Veterans)||$ 30,000||–|
|Initial Investments||$ 495||$ 700||Yard Signs, Business Cards, Work Shirts|
|Vehicle (Truck)||$ 1,200||$ 6,315||Truck, Lettering, Ladder Rack|
|Equipment||$ 3,450||$ 3,968||Sprayer, Power Washer, etc.|
|Power Tools||–||$ 1,500||Hepa Vacuum, Palm Sander, Drill, etc.|
|Office Furniture, Equipment,|
|$ 355||$ 1,275||See FDD for Details|
|Computer Hardware & Software||–||$ 1,614||Quickbooks Pro, Laptop, Smart Phone|
|Additional Software||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||PepCloud|
|Technology Fee||$ 900||$ 900||First 3 Months of Fees|
|Initial Inventory||$ 950||$ 1,100||Misc. Shop Materials|
|Business Licenses, Permits,|
& Association Fees
|$ 750||$ 1518||Fees vary from state to state. Networking Organizations|
|Professional Fees||$ 1,250||$ 2,000||Attorney & Accountant Fees|
|Insurance||$ 4,150||$ 10,300||See FDD for Details|
|Initial Marketing & Promotion||$ 5,000||$ 5,000||SEO, Home and Garden Shows|
|Training Expenses||–||$ 11,866||See FDD for Details|
|Training Expenses (Third Party)||–||$ 500||Quickbooks Pro|
|Additional Funds for Working Capital||$ 15,000||$ 20,000||First 3 Months of Operations|
|Total Estimated Initial Investment||$ 72,900||$ 112,750||First 3 Months of Operations|
A major benefit of owning a Klappenberger & Son franchise is that we offer you your choice from a wide array of expansive, available territories. Our territories are not only much larger than those of all other competitors, but for now the wealthiest territories are still available in your area. A fantastic advantage of getting a franchise early is that you can stake your claim where you want.
Why do we offer such large territories? Because I’d rather have 200 successful and satisfied franchises than 400 franchises complaining that their territories are too small and that they are competing with each other for business.
Franchise Comparison Chart
The following table is a franchise cost comparison between Klappenberger & Son, CertaPro, College Pro, FRESH COAT, ProTect, Five Star, and Handyman Matters.
|Name||Royalty||Territory||Pre-Opening Training (Classroom/On-The-Job)||Onsite Opening Assistance|
|Klappenberger & Son||6 percent of gross revenues up to $700,000 and a five percent royalty on revenues over $700,001 during a calendar year or the minimum annual royalty||Protected. Typically contains between 250,000 and 300,000 persons||4-6 Weeks between classroom, videos and on-the-job training||5-7 days|
|CertaPro||Greater of 5% of monthly gross sales or the minimum||Protected. Typically contains between 25,000 and 35,000 persons||12 days / 6 days||None provided|
|College Pro||5% to 20% of weekly gross sales||Protected. Not defined||50 hours / 75 hours “and as necessary”||None provided|
|FRESH COAT||6% monthly gross revenues or $300 whichever greater||Protected and contains up to 175,000 persons; defined by Postal ZIP codes||40 hours / None||None provided|
|ProTect||5% of weekly gross sales for franchisees in good standing; otherwise 7%||Protected. Typically contains 25,000 targeted households||26–37 hours / 35–52 hours||Provided, but amount of time not specified|
|Five Star||4% to 5% of monthly gross revenues or minimum of $12,000 per year whichever greater||Protected. Typically contains 125,000 households||40.5 hours / 6 hours||The 6 hours of on-the-job may be provided at HQ in NC or the franchisee’s territory|
|Handyman Matters||6% of actual or minimum gross revenues semi-monthly whichever greater||Protected. Typically at least 62,500 households||35-50 hours / 30 hours||35–38 hours|
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.
- 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!
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.
Franchise Frequently Asked Questions
Doing your due diligence is paramount in choosing the right franchise. You are trying to find details and clues to what franchise or business opportunity is best for you.
Questions & Answers:
I will do my best to make these few minutes worth your time. I can’t make claims of being one of the top 500 franchises because we are new at franchising. I certainly can understand the inclination to buy from a well-established franchise, but ask yourself if there are more advantages to a start-up franchise?
Q. What’s the advantage of being first?
Here are a few:
The founder of Klappenberger & Son will be training you. 26 years of experience sitting with you, helping you, mentoring you, and making sure you get off to the best possible start.
We have territories in some of the wealthiest parts of the United States that are ready for the taking. 10 of the top 20 counties in the country are now available.
Many of these territories are currently producing $220,000 – $400,000 worth of gross sales in 2015! When you buy a franchise you will already be in a well-established territory.
When you are the first unit your territory can expand into additional areas until future territories are sold.
Q. Why are the first few franchises so important?
If you fail as a franchise it will be hard for me to sell another one. That makes your success critical to both of us.
When your franchise succeeds you become very valuable. Why? Because you are my first testimonial.
Large franchises can’t promise or deliver any of these critical pieces. Yes, all franchises want you to succeed but if you fail with a company that has, say 125 units, does one failure matter? Not really. The beat goes on.
Q. How do I know your company has integrity, and that its system will work?
Check out our reviews on the internet and see what our customers say about us. Knock on wood, but it’s impossible to find a bad review. We do about 800 jobs a year and not one bad review. Wow.
Q. How do your positive reviews help me, other than the fact I will be the beneficiary of your excellent reputation?
Our reviews are a direct reflection of our integrity, honesty, and commitment to all our customers.
When you are a franchise, you are our customer as well, we need you to have every possible tool to succeed. As a franchise, we want you to sing our praises just like our customers do.
Q. What is our philosophy on growing a business?
In a few brief words: vision, thought, and leadership. Throughout the training and post-training period these topics will continually be discussed and implemented to help foster growth, and a positive, rewarding work environment.
Call Bruce Chamberlin at 215-317-9189, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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