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WIN Home Inspection Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 1993
Franchising Since: 1994
Headquarters: Franklin, Tennessee

Business Description: World Inspection Network (WINI) is the franchisor. WINI conducts business under the name “WIN Home Inspection.” The franchise WINI offers permits WINI's franchisees to offer home inspection services to homeowners, buyers and sellers for single-family homes and certain multi-family structures using standard inspection equipment. WINI may also permit its franchisees to offer and sell related products services, such as wood destroying organism inspections, wood destroying insect inspections, inspection of swimming pools and spas, water quality, wells and septic systems, as well as commercial and maintenance evaluation and limited inspection of commercial buildings, depending on market conditions and local laws and regulations, as determined from time to time in WINI’s sole discretion.

Franchise Offer: The franchisee will operate is a residential building inspection business using the WIN Home Inspection brand and a uniform residential building inspection system. There are additional add-on services that WINI franchisees may offer customers to supplement their home inspection business. These optional programs can be offered in conjunction with a home inspection or as stand-alone services. Additional equipment, supplemental errors and omission insurance and other training may be required to perform these additional services.

Financial Assistance: If the franchisee meets WINI's credit standards, in limited instances WINI may finance a portion of the Initial Franchise Fee over equal monthly payments on the terms and conditions set forth in the standard form promissory note attached to the Franchise Agreement. Under the Franchise Agreement, the franchisee is required to grant to WINI a security interest in all of the personal property used in the Franchised Business. This secures the payment of all monetary obligations that the franchisee owes to WINI.

Training and Assistance: At least two weeks before initial training, WINI will provide the franchisee with its Technical Pre-Training Home Study Course that includes home inspection technical pre-training materials and home study tests. This course prepares the franchisee for the formal training and takes approximately 40 hours to complete. WINI's initial training course includes owner and inspector training in classroom and on-the-job settings, and is conducted at a suitable facility at or near WINI's corporate headquarters in Madison, Alabama. WINI encourages franchisees to attend an additional training session within 90 to 180 days following completion of initial training. Although WINI is not required to, WINI will give the franchisee periodic support and assistance that WINI deems appropriate.

Territory: WINI grants the franchisee an exclusive Designated Marketing Area for the franchisee to establish an office and conduct the Franchised Business. The franchisee must specify his/her office address when he/she signs the Franchise Agreement. The Standard Designated Marketing Area is located in all or a portion of a listed town, city or county and is identified by a group of contiguous zip codes. WINI awards a Standard Designated Marketing Area based on the number of real estate agents in specific zip codes, as well as the estimated number of home sales generated by the real estate agents who have offices in those specific zip codes as determined by WINI. There are certain geographic areas where the number of projected real estate agents and the number of home sale transactions do not meet the criteria for a Standard Designated Marketing Area. In these cases, WIN may award an “Alternate” Designated Marketing Area. These Alternate Designated Marketing Areas are typically in rural, non-urban areas outside of Metropolitan Marketing Statistical Areas. WINI awards a Partner Assist Designated Marketing Area based on the number of real estate agents in specific zip codes, as well as the estimated number of home sales generated by the real estate agents who have offices in those specific zip codes as determined by WINI.

Term of Agreement and Renewal: The length of the franchise term is 10 years. If the franchisee is in good standing, the term can be renewed for an additional 10-year term.

Obligations and Restrictions: The Franchise Agreement requires that the franchisee or Operator must be trained and personally participate in the direct operation of the Franchised Business for a period of at least one year from the Marketing Start Date. The "Marketing Start Date" is the first Sunday following the post-training week of business preparation (i.e., two Sundays after graduation). WINI recommends that WINI franchisees and principals of such franchisees actively participate in the direct operation and daily affairs of the Franchised Business. If the franchisee is a principal seeking a passive investment, then the franchisee must employ, on a full-time basis, at least one Designated Operator for the business who, along with the franchisee, has successfully completed initial training and has been approved by WINI. WINI requires the franchisee to offer and sell in association with the WIN Home Inspection Brand only inspection services and other goods and services that WINI has approved.

Estimated Number of Units: 187

Investment Tables:
Initial Investment for a Standard Designated Marketing Area
Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $19,500 $19,500
Travel/Living Expenses for Training $1,500 $2,500
Rent (including Real Estate and Taxes) $0 Varies
WIN Tool Kid and Career Wear, WIN Go Marketing Plan, Computer and Software License Fees, WIN Business Conference Fee, Vehicle Decals $7,600 $9,000
Vehicles $0 $3,500
Professional and general liability insurance (down payment) Minimum $900
State-Mandated Licensing and Additional Training $0 $5,000
Business Licensing and DBA Filing $50 $150
Online Training Fee $600 $600
Additional Funds - Three Months $6,000 $12,000
Estimated Total $36,150 $53,500
Other Fees
Type of Fee Amount
Monthly Royalty

Ranges from 7% to 6% of monthly Gross Revenues with a minimum monthly royalty as follows:

  • $150 for the first three (3) months following completion of WINI training;
  • $300 for the remainder of the first year;
  • $375 for the second year;
  • $450 for the third year,
  • $525 for the fourth year; and
  • $600 for the sixth year, and each year thereafter
Monthly Marketing and Advertising Contribution 3% of monthly Gross Revenues with a minimum of $125 per month.
Technology Systems and Services $160 per month for a Designated operator and $38 per month for each Additional Inspector.
WIN Home Inspection Report Product (WHIRP) Fees are currently calculated at $5.50 per inspection.
Transfer (Assignment) Fee 5% of sale price, but at least $4,000 and no more than $8,000 plus all applicable third-party franchise brokers fees.
Records and Rights of Inspection (Audit) Underpayment plus the lower of 1.5% interest per month or highest rate of interest allowed by law.
Promissory Note Interest 8% per year (on loan payable in 36 monthly installments)
Financing Statement Filing Cost Reimbursement Varies by state ($5 -$125)
Transferees and Additional Attendees - Training $500 per attendee.
State-Mandated Additional Training $0 - $5,000
Annual WIN Business Conference Registration Fee The fee for the first year is included in initial invoice; not to exceed $1,000
Lost/Destroyed Operations Manual $1,000 per manual.
Signs and Materials Varies.
Software Connection Fee $50
Insufficient Funds Fee $30

The above information has been taken from the FDD of WIN Home Inspection. Year of FDD: 2016

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