Monday, November 29, 2010

House Doctors featured in the Dover Post

House Doctors was recently featured in the Dover Post in an article called “New Service Builds a Bathroom in a Day,” which Erik Reichelt offers at his location in Delaware. Reichelt discusses the new service in depth with the Dover Post reporter and takes a potential customer through the entire process of installing a bathroom in a day. Check out the entire article here.

New service builds a bathroom in a day

Since House Doctors opened in Dover more than two years ago, it has always been looking for ways to expand what it can offer the community.

For instance, franchise owner Erik Reichelt recently started installing egress windows, a service that’s become more popular with changing building codes.

But it’s the business’s new Bathroom in a Day service that’s the most recent addition to House Doctors, which will be moving to its new location at 25 Maggies Way, Suite 1, Jan. 1.

Reichelt spoke with the Dover Post on Nov. 19 to talk about the new product.

Q What is the Bathroom in a Day service?
A The Bathroom in a Day is an acrylic lining system for your tub and shower unit, or just a shower unit, so you don’t have to go through the tear-out process where you tear out the tub unit and walls, which can be a several day process. We can provide these acrylic panels and tub liner and install it in one day.

Q So you just put the liners over the existing tub or shower?
A We measure the tub, and the lining system is a glove fit to line over a steel tub or cast iron tub. There’s a 14-step measuring process where we can ensure with certain, specialty tools that you get a glove fit.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Franchisee Profile: Doug Coyle, Owner of House Doctors Andover, MA

Location: Andover, MA

Q: Before franchising with House Doctors, what were you involved with?
A: Before getting involved with House Doctors, I worked as a sales manager at an auto dealership. After twenty years in the car business, I got a little tired of it and started looking for an opportunity to own my own business. I had experience in the franchising industry from owning a Ski-Doo Snowmobile franchise, so I decided to start looking for a new venture there.

Q: What attracted you to House Doctors?
A: Not many people have a service like House Doctor, but it’s one I think a lot of people need. House Doctors’ highly professional approach to handyman service is uncommon in the industry and made it stand out as a brand. Being on time or communicating with clients when that’s not possible, those small things done right build a very professional image.

Q: Why was House Doctors the right business opportunity for you?
A: House Doctors provided a prefabricated business venture that was exactly what I was looking for. The members from corporate I met with were very down to earth and willing to work with you. That, in addition to reasonable franchising fees and royalties, made House Doctors very attractive.

Q: How do you connect with the local community?
A: I’m a member of the local chamber of commerce. I also sponsor high school silent auctions and sports teams. Most of my business comes from young parents, so I try to help out with community events benefiting kids.

Q: What are some of your recent accomplishments?
A: Last year our location was named one of the top 10 House Doctors franchises in the nation. This year is set to be our best yet for sales.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

House Doctors featured in Tips & Quips from the Working World

House Doctors was recently featured in an article in a national blog called Tips & Quips from the Working World, entitled, “Home Handyman Services – How a Home Improvement Franchise Works.” The article discusses what it’s like to be the owner/operator of a professional handyman franchise. It includes interesting and useful information about how the franchise works, daily tasks, ups and downs of the job, and tips for potential handyman franchisees. A portion of the article is included below and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Home Handyman Services – How a Home Improvement Franchise Works

Home handyman services can be a profitable, interesting job! Here’s how a home improvement franchise works, plus job tips from a small business owner and operator.

“You have to like what you do,” says John Driesse, who is the franchise owner of House Doctors of North Jersey. “Running a business – not to mention starting one – consumes a lot of your time. There’s always something to do. You’re behind most of the time, and you have to be good at prioritizing things. Everything is important, but some things must be done before others.”

Driesse’s business is part of a large US-based handyman franchise company called House Doctors. Here, this professional handyman describes his job and offers career tips for aspiring small business owners…

Home Handyman Services – What Does a Professional Home Handyman Do?

A professional handyman’s job includes both residential repairs (eg, cleaning gutters, doing carpentry, installing pet doors, remodeling, etc) to commercial repairs (eg, fixing doors and windows, installing new carpets or floors, performing maintenance services, etc).

“Most people are surprised that we respond to their calls quickly, arrive when we say we are going to, and complete the work in a professional manner,” says Driesse. “The ‘professional handyman’ name carries somewhat of a negative connotation, and we’re working hard to change that.”

Owning and operating a home improvement franchise is different than working as a professional handyman.

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