Description: Kitchen Solvers is a multi-dimensional kitchen remodeling business, offering total kitchen remodeling solutions for homeowners across the country. This one-stop, one shop kitchen remodeling business, is recession proof and cutting edge. Opportunities: Single, multi-unit opportunities available in North America. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Cash Required: $75,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, from the company. Training Provided: Yes. Home-based: Yes. SBA-Approved: Yes.
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Interview with Zach Nolte: Chief Development Officer of Kitchen Solvers
You don’t have to be a home improvement guru to provide a high value service that never goes out of style. Backed with the experience of 45,000 kitchens remodeled, Kitchen Solvers stands behind their coined mantra of providing, “A Pleasant Remodeling Experience.” Kitchen Solvers allows you to work a flexible schedule and trust in a name that has pioneered the kitchen renovation industry.
In this Success Stories Interview, we hear from Kitchen Solvers Chief Development Officer Zach Nolte. Zach puts his background in Operational Management to use as he works to make sure that new and existing franchisees not only succeed, but thrive. In his role, Zach is a familiar face to franchisees, he is there each step of the way from initial contact through training and follow up. Read on to find out why this quality-focused franchise might just be the right fit for you.
Describe a person who would fit in well with running a Kitchen Solvers franchise, is remodeling experience necessary?
The great thing about Kitchen Solvers is that you don’t need to know anything about remodeling or designing kitchens to become a franchisee. We want our owners to hire the necessary project managers to do the installs for you and we will give them the tools to be successful. We are looking for people that are sales and marketing oriented and that understand the financial basics of running a business.
To our owners, Kitchen Solvers should not be looked at as a remodeling company but more of a sales and marketing company that just so happens to sell the kitchen of their customer’s dreams.
How has Kitchen Solvers established itself as the premiere kitchen remodeling franchise?
With over 45,000 kitchens remodeled and being a pioneer in the refacing industry, Kitchen Solvers has the installation part of the business down. We have the best vendor relations, the best sales process, and our mantra focuses around what is best for our customers “the pleasant remodeling experience”.
Can you tell us about how Kitchen Solvers maintains success, even in times of recession?
The recession was tough for a lot of people in the remodeling business. What is nice about Kitchen Solvers is that you can scale your business back and still make a decent net income. It is not recommended but that’s what franchisees had to do during that period of time. But again only the strong business that have established networks and sales pipelines are the ones who will make it through tough times. The model is very flexible and flexibility is so important in those times.
What advantages does the Kitchen Solvers business model offer?
- Exclusive Large Territories
- Gross Profit as high as 40%
- Royalty Rate 6%, 1% on non primary
- Marketing 1%
- Home Based - Low Overhead - Low Labor
- Cash Based - No Inventory
- Client pays 90% of each job before installation
- Flexible work schedule - No late nights
- Proprietary sales and marketing programs
Why is home improvement/kitchen remodeling a good industry for a prospective franchisee?
Kitchen remodeling a 75 billion dollar market. Every house in America has a kitchen and most cities are running out of land to build new homes. There will always be a demand for updating existing homes.
What are some trends to keep an eye out for within your industry segment?
Storage solutions. It is a part of the market that has seen a huge increase do to shows on HGTV and houzz.com. These are your cabinet organizers, rollouts and pull outs, swing outs, and cutlery dividers. The idea of “limiting your reach” and creating “smart” kitchens is what everyone wants.
Also see a trends in more modern and contemporary kitchens. A lot of painted white and grey looks with simple shaker or slab doors. People are starting to mix and match colors as well. Possibly a different color island or different color base cabinets from the wall cabinets. People are getting creative.
All of the trends, Kitchen Solvers is already ahead of the game and are offering them. We are experts when it comes to the new and upcoming looks!
Are there any areas that are particularly well-suited for a Kitchen Solvers franchise?
We are trying to go after the suburbs of larger metros. Places where new construction is limited and older homes are prevalent. But across the US one area is no better than the other.
What’s the biggest mistake you see from incoming franchisees? How can it be avoided?
Getting comfortable at a lower level of sales. You can make a decent income and you can become happy at that lifestyle. Some people find it hard to make that leap into that next level of sales. But it is because of fear that they need to hire more staff to help them.
What the #1 piece of advice you would give a first-time franchisee?
Network, Network, Network! As a new franchise it is easy to get hung up on the RIGHT NOW of your business. But if you want your sales to double or triple every year you have to have solid foundation of networking. There should not be a household in your territory that does not know who Kitchen Solvers is. They need to know you are there for the IF and WHEN they are ready to remodel.
Someone can spend anywhere from 9-18 months before they actually reach out to a kitchen remodeler.
What’s next for Kitchen Solvers in terms of future growth?
12 new franchisees this year while maintaining 12-15% growth on existing per unit sales. We have to grow responsibly and that means bringing in the right candidate to grow this business!
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