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Top Home Services Franchises

 

The widely eclectic category, which ranges from electrical franchises to HVAC to plumbing to lawn care, with real estate brokerage and painting franchises thrown in for good measure, showed strong signs of growth in 2016. Just three of the 33 home service franchises posted losses, and three companies posted year-over-year sales growth of more than 60 percent. 

Sales Growth - Electrical Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
346 Mister Sparky 82 14.7%
197 TEGG Service 301 9.8%
365 Mr. Electric 69 4.6%

Mister Sparky led a strong group of electrical franchises in the Top 200+ with a 14.7 percent sales growth. TEGG Service, the only electrical franchise in the Top 200, saw a sales growth of almost 10 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Home Improvement Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
349 Mr. Appliance 75 19.0%
492 The Glass Guru 27 15.3%
258 Precision Door Service 185 15.2%
170 Budget Blinds 410 12.3%
379 Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 61 11.9%
350 Mr. Handyman 74 4.6%
257 Re-Bath 185 2.8%
426 Archadeck Outdoor Living 42 1.4%
486 Handyman Connection 28 -1.7%

Most home improvement franchises in the Top 200+ had a very successful 2017, as four members of the category topped 10 percent in sales growth. Texas-based Mr. Appliance led the way with a 19 percent gain. Handyman Connection was the only home improvement franchise to take a loss, as its sales dipped 1.7 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Home Sales Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
172 Realty One Group 387 27.3%
17 Keller Williams Realty 7,233 19.6%
99 G.J. Gardner Homes 895 15.6%
8 RE/MAX 11,515 11.8%
51 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2,647 9.7%
256 Real Living Real Estate 185 -6.8%

The top five players posted sales increases ranging from 9.7 percent to 27.3 percent, with only one player, Real Living Real Estate, reporting a decline. Overall the category is nice and healthy, with a 14.1 percent gain in systemwide sales.

 

Sales Growth - HVAC Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
112 Linc Service 717 11.2%
291 Aire Serv 135 7.5%
178 One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning 369 3.0%

 All companies in the HVAC category saw a boost in sales, led by Linc Service with an 11.2 percent increase.

 

Sales Growth - Lawn Care Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth % 
356 The Grounds Guys 72 61.8%
266 U.S. Lawns 171 0.6%
282 Weed Man 149 -3.8%

The Grounds Guys, under The Dwyer Group umbrella based in Waco, Texas, is the clear winner of the lawn care category. It posted a 61.8 percent increase in systemwide sales, bringing it to $72 million. In contrast, U.S. Lawns boosted sales a mere 0.6 percent and Weed Man actually saw a decline of 3.8 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Mosquito Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
491 Mosquito Joe 27 133.0%
428 Mosquito Squad 42 38.1%

The two outdoor pest control franchises in the Top 200+ are relatively new—Mosquito Joe was founded in 2010, and Mosquito Squad in 2004—but they're gaining a lot of ground. Mosquito Joe posted the highest sales growth in the home services category, at an astronomical 133 percent. Mosquito Squad posted strong growth numbers as well, at a 38.1 percent clip. 

 

Sales Growth - Painting Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
412 Five Star Painting 49 65.5%
166 CertaPro Painters 417 13.0%

Five Star Painting jumped 57 spots in our ranking, with a gain of $20 million in sales. CertaPro, a member of the Top 200 had a strong 2016 as well, jumping 13 spots with a 13 percent sales growth. 

 

Sales Growth - Plumbing Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
92 Roto-Rooter 1,034 6.0%
199 Mr. Rooter 292 5.4%
255 Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 192 2.4%

Top 200 veteran Roto-Rooter saw another strong year of sales in 2016, tipping its global sales over $1 billion. Other players in the category, Mr. Rooter and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, saw strong growth as well. 

 

Sales Growth - Storage Solutions

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
398 Tailored Living 53 15.2%
408 Closet & Storage Concepts 50 11.1%
489 ShelfGenie 27 2.1%

Though the storage franchises in the Top 200+ remain at the back end of the overall list, each company saw positive year-over-year sales. Tailored Living saw the biggest sales growth in 2016, with a 15.2 percent boost. 

 

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