Restoration 1 Franchise CEO Explains Importance of Handling Fire Damage the Right Way
CEO of the nation’s fastest-growing restoration franchise pens article on how to handle damage caused by fires
Restoration 1 CEO Gary Findley is passionate about the work our rapidly growing network of franchisees are doing in their communities. Day in and day out, Restoration 1 franchisees are on the front lines of helping home and property owners recover from damage related to water, mold, smoke and fire, and get them back into their homes and properties as quickly as possible.
More and more, Restoration 1 franchisees are helping their clients after a fire has caused significant damage to their homes and properties. According to Bustle, in California alone the costs of wildfires reached $3 billion in 2018, and as Findley writes in a new article about our brand’s efforts to help home and property owners recover from fire damage, “The sad truth is that in the United States there is a fire every 24 seconds. This means that every 24 seconds we have the opportunity to serve our community in a big way.”
Findley’s article, “How to Handle Fire Damage Restoration,” highlights the story of a franchisee who went above and beyond for an elderly couple whose home was severely impacted by the wildfire that swept through Chico, California:
I saw how big a community can be served firsthand during the 2018 wildfire season in California. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record, and while most of the country experienced this through television, there were millions directly affected by the flames that destroyed their homes and communities.
Our own Restoration 1 of Chico has been directly affected by the Camp Fire – the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date. In the heart of the territory they serve, nearly 20 percent of the structures were completely burned. Following the fire, they still have months of restoration jobs left to complete, with most of their day-to-day work being with smoke restoration.
While I’m always proud of the technical work we do, what makes this team stand out is the heart they have for serving their community. What we do is about more than restoring property, and they proved it.
When a 90-year-old couple needed their home to be cleared of smoke damage, they moved heaven and earth to make it happen, and to make it happen quickly. When a community member lost his home and vehicle to the fire, these guys raised enough money to provide him a truck and offered him a job to support his family.
While there is more to our job than the restoration piece, that is the bread and butter of what we do, and it’s imperative that we do it well.
Findley also outlines how to properly identify the different types of fire damage and gives his expert advice on how to handle the damage. As the CEO of the nation’s fastest-growing restoration franchise, Findley recognizes the vital importance of the work our franchisees do for their communities, and what an honor it is to get the call to help:
At the end of the day, our job is to restore, but we should remember we can go beyond that. There are other ways we can serve our communities beyond fire restoration. At Restoration 1 we do our best to educate the public on what they can do to prevent fires. Whether you share tips on social media or get in the community to talk to neighbors, education can go a long way.
Providing service and education to the community earns a type of respect that puts your business above all others. When our customers are calling on our services, it’s during a time they’re experiencing hardship. Let’s never forget our job doesn’t end at restoring their property, we should create a positive atmosphere and provide a sense of hope that in the wake of tragedy, good things are ahead.
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A low-cost investment opportunity with a potential for high returns, Restoration 1 can operate as a turnkey business. With the ability to operate without overhead, buildout costs or brick and mortar expenses, Restoration 1 is far more affordable than other franchise concepts in the restoration industry. The franchise fee for your first territory is $49,500 and unlike our competition, we have prime territories available. The total investment estimate to begin operations on a new restoration franchise ranges from $79,100 to $183,350.