How to Get Involved in the Home Improvement Industry

The home improvement business encompasses so many areas there’s no way to describe it in just a few sentences — and that’s one of the best things about it. Any building, repairing, or renovation is included, and that can amount to hundreds of different categories.

It may sound intimidating, but for someone who’s looking to start a home improvement business, it’s great news: this business moves over 300 billion dollars a year for a reason.1

What You Should Consider Before Choosing

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First, you have hundreds of different fields to choose from. Going with the higher demand businesses (like painting, gardening, remodeling, etc.) makes for a greater challenge to stand out and get noticed, but you can learn a lot from watching those who came before you and make good use of lead generation.

On the other hand, going for a more specific branch (like drapery studios, flood restoration, window screen repair, and many others) makes it a little easier to get hired — even as a subcontractor for bigger projects.

But those are the just the main differences. Many of these services can be operated from home, online, or even part-time, which greatly reduces the initial investment for a startup.

Furthermore, you might be looking either for a service you can do yourself, or a service you can hire a team to perform while you take a managing role.

And finally, there are also franchises for higher demand services, cutting short the initial investment you would have with branding, marketing, and location scouting.

Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

To sum up, these are the main variables you should have answered:

  • What’s the initial investment cost?
  • If I want to franchise, what are the options available?
  • Can it be operated from home?
  • Can it be operated part-time?
  • Do I want my own team?

And where do you get all those answers for hundreds of services? Just keep on reading — we’ve made a list with all the information you need below.

Although many questions are answered with simple “yes” or “no”, don’t take it as necessarily positive and negative answers — perhaps you don’t care about having franchise opportunities or a certain service being home operable, so those “nos” shouldn’t bother you. It’s all about what you’re looking for.

Take your time to read the list and see what piques your interest, compare the pros and cons of each service, and soon you’ll come to a decision.

Home Improvement Services List

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This information was collected from Entrepreneur2 in 2018 and from our own research. This data can vary greatly depending on your region and the current year. Also, the availability of franchises could change at any time.

To find a specific service quickly, type Ctrl + F (or Cmd + F) on your browser to enter search mode. Then simply type what you’re looking for and it will take you there!

Above-Ground Pools

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Air Conditioning Service (Repair and Installation)

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Apartment Prep Service

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Appliance Repairs

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Attic Rooms

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Attic Ventilation And Insulation

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Basement Remodelling

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Bathtub Reglazing

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Blind Cleaning Service

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Bug Screen Repair

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Cabinet Door Replacements

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Cabinetmaking Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Carpet and Upholstery Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Carpet Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Carport Conversions

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Caulking and Flashing Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Cedar Shake Restoration

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Ceramic Tile Sales and Installation

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Chimney Repairs

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Closet Organizers

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? No
Franchises? Yes

Concrete Stamping

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Consignment Furniture Store

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Construction Project Management

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Custom Countertops

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Custom Doorsteps

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Custom Fireplace Mantels

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Custom French Doors

Initial investment: Medium ($2k – $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Deck Building

Initial investment: High ($10k – $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Developer Home Sales

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? No
Franchises? Yes

Disaster Planning and Preparation Service

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Dog Run Sales and Installation

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Door Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Drainage Repairs

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Drapery Studio

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Driftwood and Log Furniture

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Drywall Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Exhaust Hood Cleaning

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Fabric Restoration

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Fence Panels

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Fence Repairs

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Fencing Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Fire and Flood Restoration

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Fireplace Installations

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Furniture Repairs and Finishing

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Furniture Steam Cleaning

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Futons

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Garage Organizers

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Garage Workbenches

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Gazebos

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Glass Block Installations

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Glass Shop

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Greenhouses

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Gutter Cleaning

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Gutter Protection

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Handyman Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Handyperson

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Hardwood Floor Sanding

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Hide-a-Beds

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Home Inspection

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Home Maintenance and Repair

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Home Renovation Classes

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Home Storage Solutions

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Home Theater Rooms

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Hot Tub Installations

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

House Numbers On Curbs

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

House Painting

Initial investment: Low (less than 2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

House Preparation Service

Initial investment: High ($10k to 50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Illuminated House Numbers

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Intercom Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Interior and Exterior House Painting

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Interior Decorating Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Kitchen Facelift Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Laminate Floor Installations

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Lattice Manufacturing

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Locksmith

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Masonry Repairs

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Miniblind Cleaning Service

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Ministorage Center

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Mirror Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Mobile Screen Repair

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Molding Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Moving Service

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Odor Control Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Office Moving

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Online Building Plans

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes
Can be operated online.

Online Home Repair Advice

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No
Can be operated online.

Organization Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Patio Covers

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Paving Consultant

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No
Can be operated online.

Pest and Critter Control

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Pest Control

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Pool-Cleaning Service

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Porch Columns

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Power Tool Rentals

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Property Manager

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Refurbishing Antique Appliances

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Remodeling Project Management

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Renovation Service

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Residential Cleaning

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Residential Safety Consultant

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Residential Security Consultant

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Roof Installations

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Roof Repair

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Roof Repairs and Installation

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Roof Trusses

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Safe Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Sandblasting Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Satellite Dish Sales and Installation

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Security Lighting

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Siding Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Skylight Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Solar Tube Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Stair Lifts

Initial investment: Very High ($50k to $100k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Staircases

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? No
Part-time? No
Franchises? No

Storm Window Installations and Storage

Initial investment: High ($10k to $50k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? Yes

Stucco Repair Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Treehouse Kits

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Trim Carpenter

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Victorian Moldings

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Wallpapering Service

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Waterproofing Service

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Weather Vanes

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Window and Door Repair Service

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Window Boxes And Shutters

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Window Installations

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Window Shutters and Blinds

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Wood Moldings

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Wood Screen Door Manufacturing

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Wooden Sash Windows

Initial investment: Medium ($2k to $10k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

Zinc Strips and Moss Removal

Initial investment: Low (less than $2k)
Home operation? Yes
Part-time? Yes
Franchises? No

1Source: Statista. 2Source: Entrepreneur

What to Do Once You’ve Chosen Your Business

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You’ve made up your mind, now it’s time to get to work, either by yourself or with your team!

But how do you find work?

In short, here’s what you can do:

Each of these links leads to articles about each subject so you can learn more about them in your own time. But we must stress the importance of getting quality leads when working with home improvement services.

And this is where signing up with homeyou can make a real difference:

By signing up, you can receive quality leads on a daily basis for the area you chose to attend. You’ll be put in touch with clients who are already looking for the services you provide. There’s no long contract commitment. You can pause or stop your account any time and adjust your budget.

On top of that, homeyou offers tools that make your job easier — you can receive leads on your smartphone via our contractor app. So even while out in the field, you’ll still know where your clients are and what they need.

The signup process is quick and simple — feel free to try it here.

If you have any doubts about the system or how the lead process works, let us know in the comments below or call support at 1-844-HOMEYOU.

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