Premier restoration franchise meets growing demand for mitigating water, fire and smoke damage
The terrible flooding in Houston, Texas, from Tropical Storm Harvey is yet another example of why the restoration industry is in demand. According to CNN, 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, and while the total property damage has not yet been assessed, one thing is for sure: thousands of home and property owners will have immediate need for restoration services to make their homes and buildings safe to inhabit again.
Situations like the one in Houston are one of the reasons Restoration 1 is the fastest-growing franchise in a $210 billion industry. In recent years, the U.S. has seen a rise in property damage from severe storms such as Harvey, and this is likely to continue. Architectural Digest reports that coastal homes and properties are expected to see an increase in flooding due to climate change in the coming years. The threat of weather-related property damage isn’t exclusive to homes and properties near bodies of water, either. In recent years, wildfires have caused billions of dollars in damage to property from Tennessee to Los Angeles.
Restoration 1 is a trusted name in the home and commercial property restoration service industry. Since 2008, we’ve helped thousands of home and property owners return safely to their homes and properties after disasters strike. Whether it’s mitigating water, fire and smoke damage, or the removal and remediation of dangerous mold, Restoration 1 is who customers turn to for help getting back into their homes and commercial properties.
“The terrible damage that Harvey is causing in Houston is exactly why Restoration 1 is in business,” says Micah Findley, COO with Restoration 1. “When we think of storms like Harvey, the media rightly focuses on the current situation and the people forced to evacuate. Our work begins when home and property owners return to find the damage. They hire us to make their homes and properties safe to live and work with as little delay as possible. Our franchisees have helped thousands of home and property owners in their time of crisis, and our national reputation for fast, affordable and exceptional work has helped our brand thrive in the communities we serve.”
Homes and properties face far more common problems
Far more common than severe weather is the damage caused by aging infrastructure and neglect. According to Water Damage Defense, 14,000 people experience water damage in their homes or at their places of work every day, and 37% of American homeowners have filed claims for water damage.
“For as long as there are people living in homes with running water, there is going to be water damage,” says Gary Findley, CEO with Restoration 1. “It’s unavoidable. Unfortunately, most home or property owners don’t realize there is a problem until it becomes a crisis. This is why the restoration industry is a recession-resistant business, because when a crisis occurs, there isn’t an option to have the damage fixed or not.”
Unlike other brands who may cut corners or use people who don’t hold the proper certifications, Restoration 1 only sends experts who are fully trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) to our customers’ homes. Our 24/7 availability and our commitment to understanding our customers in their time of need are the reasons Restoration 1 is growing while our competition is either completely out of territory or lacks the ability to expand.
In 2016, Restoration 1 added an astonishing 75 units, and that number is poised to be even better at the end of this year. This momentum has caught the attention of the franchise industry in a big way: Entrepreneur magazine named us as the No. 96 best franchise investment on their annual Franchise 500 list in 2017, up an unprecedented 287 spots from the year before.
“There’s no doubt that we’re experiencing a high level of interest from entrepreneurs who are interested in joining this growing industry,” Gary says. “While the need for more Restoration 1 franchises is obvious, what we really bring to entrepreneurs is the proven business model and the exceptional, ongoing support that they need to grow and prosper. There has never been a better time to franchise with Restoration 1 than right now.”