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Roof Repair

Not afraid of heights? Help homeowners fix their roofs.

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Roof Repair

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The prerequisite for selling roof-repair services is obvious; you needto know how to repair all or most types of roofing’asphalt, cedar,tile, steel, torch-on, and tar and gravel. Although this may sound likea major requirement, in fact it is not. Just about anyone with basiccarpentry and construction skills can quickly learn how to repairroofs.

You will, however, need proper equipment to ensure quality andeffective repairs as well as safety. The best way to spread the word toresidential homeowners about your roof-repair services is through printadvertisements, both in the classified section of your local newspaperunder Trades, and by placing ads in your local Yellow Pages directory.You can also join home-repair referral services if they are availablein your community. The best way to reach commercial customers is tocontact them directly by telephone, letter, personal visit, or allthree. These include landlords, property managers, roofing companiesthat only provide reroofing services and not repair services, and otherrenovation companies that do not repair roofs. It is also a good ideato establish alliances with businesses and individuals who can referyour service to their clients, including realtors, property inspectors,and painters.

The Market

Potential customers can be divided into two camps’residentialhomeowners, and commercial property owners, managers, and renters.

Needed Equipment

Tools and equipment include basic hand tools, an assortment ofextension ladders, roof jacks, safety harnesses, and reliabletransportation.

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Deck Building

Allow homeowners to spend more time outdoors by building decks for them.

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Deck Building

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

One of the fastest growing segments of the home improvement industry is designing, building, and installing custom sundecks. Many of the sundecks that are now being installed retail for as much as $15,000 and include features such as built-in planters, areas for sunk-in hot tubs, glass or cast iron handrails, and custom manufactured wood furniture to match the sundeck’s design.
 
The most profitable way to operate the business is to sell the sundecks directly to the end consumers. However, this method of operating is also the most expensive to launch and establish. Additional ways to get rolling in your own sundeck installation business also include subcontracting for established building and renovation companies, establishing alliances with designers and architects, and marketing the sundeck sales and installation service directly to consumers via a showroom or trade show displays. Requirements: In most areas of the country, the installation of a sundeck requires a building permit, which must be issued prior to installation. There are building codes in place for the construction specifications of sundecks that have to be closely adhered to. Starting this sort of venture requires a great deal of construction experience and knowledge. In terms of equipment, power tools such as table saws, handsaws, and posthole diggers will be required. To keep initial investment costs down, all the required tools and equipment for building sundecks can be rented on an as needed basis. Be sure to find out if a builder’s license is required in your local area for this type of construction business.

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Laminate Floor Installations

Lay down a path to success with a laminate floor installation business.

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Laminate Floor Installations

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Laminate flooring that is manufactured to resemble hardwood flooring is an incredibly popular alternative to the high cost of installing real hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of finishes and is virtually impossible to damage or destroy. Best of all, laminate flooring is extremely easy to install even if your knowledge of flooring installation is limited.
 
To set this business in motion, first check to see if the home improvement centers in your area provide an installation service of this product. If they don’t, then it’s a marriage made in heaven. They sell it, and you install it. You can talk to interior decorators and designers to promote your service and establish a client base. The fastest way to market this business if you intend to concentrate on commercial applications will simply be to knock on doors and sell your product and service on the many benefits this type of flooring finish can provide to their business establishments. requirements: a few basic tools including a jig saw, cordless drill, portable table saw, tape measure, chalk line, transportation, and most importantly, a good set of knee pads.
 
Though it is not required, you will probably want to familiarize yourself with local building codes and safety regulations. start-up costs: total business start-up costs, including tools, sales samples, and brochures will be well less than $2,000 providing that you already have suitable transportation, such as a truck, van, or station wagon. profit potential: the profit potential is excellent. Laminate flooring is currently retailing for $4 to $6 per square foot, while the wholesale cost of materials is in the $1.50 to $2 range. Typically, for this type of installation service you can expect to earn $35 to $40 per hour after expenses. Selling and installing new baseboard moldings while you are on the job site can earn additional business revenues and profits.

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Cabinet Door Replacements

Cabinetry businesses offer many different services and products. Find your niche through door replacement.

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Cabinet Door Replacements

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The average new kitchen costs in the rangeof $20,000 to install, not including appliances. Not everyone canafford this expensive home improvement; however, it only costs a fewthousand dollars to update a kitchen’s look with new cabinet doors andhardware.

Starting this business does not require a great deal ofexpertise or capital, and you can generally be completely ready to rollfor under a $5,000 investment. It talked to one very crafty gentlemanin this business. His solution to building a client base fast was tohold a contest, which he advertised, in his local paper.

The contestwas for a free kitchen update. You sent in pictures of your existingugly kitchen and why you thought it needed an updated look. In thefirst two weeks, he had more than 100 entries for the contest, completewith name, address, and telephone numbers. Not only did he choose awinner and install the kitchen update for free, more importantly he hada base of more than 100 potential customers that he could now marketto, as he knew that they were in the market for his type of service.

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