How to Start a Remodeling Business in Texas

If you want to start a remodeling business in Texas, you have an incredible resource in your own backyard

The DreamMaker remodeling franchise provides a design-build experience that makes the remodeling process much smoother and more enjoyable for customers.

The DreamMaker remodeling franchise provides a design-build experience that makes the remodeling process much smoother and more enjoyable for customers.

Demand for remodeling is growing, and many entrepreneurs who are drawn to construction, real estate or design are looking for ways to start a remodeling business in Texas and other parts of the country. Remodeling is an exciting business. It allows you to transform customers’ lives by improving the look and function of their homes, to engage your mind in problem-solving, and to show your creativity and craftsmanship through great design and execution.

It can be a tricky business, too. Many remodelers struggle to juggle the various duties that go into running and growing a strong remodeling business. Homeowners often trade “remodeling nightmare” stories back and forth. Those bad experiences usually don’t happen because of remodelers who are bad people — they happen because of delays and mistakes that muck up the process of serving customers, and because of remodelers who underbid each other to win jobs — unintentionally stripping away the margins they need to keep their businesses strong and their customer service levels high.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen can help you start a remodeling business in Texas. Our systems give you advantages that help you to avoid pitfalls and to take full advantage of growth opportunities. We are a nationwide franchise system headquartered in Waco, and we have been helping remodelers start businesses and improve existing businesses for more than 15 years.

DreamMaker was recently named to the 2014 Franchise Times list of top-performing franchise systems, and we were the only full-service remodeling franchise to make the list. Our concept is designed to start with the kitchen and bath, yet it has the ability to handle additional projects as a franchisee’s confidence builds to maximize marketing dollars and develop lifetime customers.

Why is now a great time to start a remodeling business?

DreamMaker franchisees use Design Centers to educate homeowners about remodeling options.

DreamMaker franchisees use Design Centers to educate homeowners about remodeling options.

The DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen remodeling franchise is booming. Average franchisee revenue was up more than 23 percent in 2013, and average revenue was up double digits again in 2014. DreamMaker franchisees have been able to leverage the technical, coaching and marketing strengths of the brand to take full advantage of the strengthening housing market and the growing demand for remodeling.

Some of our strongest franchise locations are in Texas. According to the Texas Association of Realtors’ 2014 Texas Remodel Valuation Report, remodeling projects became increasingly popular and profitable in 2013. According to the report, kitchen and bathroom remodels rank among the top five remodeling projects in the state, with kitchen remodels delivering value as high as 143.9 percent of cost, and bathroom remodels delivering value as high as 123.6 percent of cost.

What makes DreamMaker different?

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen works to help franchisees achieve strong margins and quality of life. Strong margins allow remodeling business owners to hire great help — carpenters, salespeople, designers, office staff — which allows them to run the business while working reasonable hours, not the 70- to 80-hour weeks that are typical in the industry. Typical gross profit margins (before fixed cost) are 20 percent; DreamMaker franchisees had average margins of more than 40 percent in 2013.

DreamMaker offers extensive systems, coaching, vendor relationships and tactical support to help remodeling company owners grow and manage their businesses. We support franchisees nationwide, but as a Texas-based franchise system, we’re right in your backyard.

DreamMaker is guided by its Code of Values, which lays out a philosophy for running a meaningful and honorable business. The values — and our efforts to live by them — have helped attract quality franchisees, quality employees and wonderful customers.

Meet DreamMaker franchisee Steve Betts

Steve Betts

Steve Betts

Steve Betts was a banker before he became a remodeler. He made the switch in 2006 and says it was a great career move. He owns DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen locations in Lubbock and Amarillo and was working for a family-owned bank when he learned about DreamMaker. Steve helped the bank manage properties, so he knew about hiring and managing contractors. He was handy, sure, but he had never been a professional builder or remodeler. So what convinced him to start a remodeling franchise?

“I always wanted to own my own business. Over the last year or two I was at the bank, I worked with the person who had the DreamMaker franchise in Amarillo. He told me he loved DreamMaker, that it had transformed the way he did business, and he was making good money doing it.”

After a tough few years during the recession, his business turned a corner in 2013 and began to grow very quickly. “It blew past my long-term goals for what I hoped the business would do,” he says. You can read a profile of Steve here.

Who we’re looking for

We work hard through our conversations with franchise candidates to make sure we will be able to help you achieve the goals you have for your life and business, and that you will be a good fit for our culture and systems. Great partnerships are a blessing, and these are the seven things we look for when we evaluate a potential DreamMaker owner:

Drive. You must be motivated to succeed. DreamMaker can provide you with well-crafted systems, but it will be up to you to build your business. We’re here to help, but the fire to succeed needs to come from you.

Heart. We want people who value others enough not to trample them in their rush to success. We look for people who want to build a better community, and who want to succeed by helping others — employees, customers and their community.

Focus. Businesses have many moving parts, and it’s important to set goals and use benchmarks to help you achieve.

Coachability. Entrepreneurs often seek new and novel ways of tackling business challenges. We respect that, and the problem-solving skills of franchisees have helped DreamMaker flourish — but at the same time, it’s important to be able to step back, absorb and implement the lessons that DreamMaker already has learned and is eager to pass on.

Willingness to follow systems. DreamMaker’s systems have been honed for decades to help you achieve your goals. There is no need to reinvent the wheel — that only delays success.

Values. We look for people who have integrity, respect others and are focused on improving lives for others. Our Code of Values™ is foundational to DreamMaker’s culture.

Support at home. We want to make sure your loved ones are behind you so you will have the support you need as you start and begin to grow your business.

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