Many vintage and modern homes have fireplaces and chimneys, and keeping these clean is important for safety and style. Midtown Chimney Sweeps is the first franchise of its kind, bringing chimney cleaning professionals around the country together under a single brand name.
Midtown Chimney Sweeps cares for multiple areas of hearth maintenance, such as cleaning of wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces and pellet stoves. The franchise checks the condition of fireplace and chimney systems, and also handles repairs and replacement services when needed. These include chimney relining, brick fireplace repairs and other types of masonry tasks. In addition, the company offers air duct cleaning and dryer vent maintenance and replacement.
To perform these cleaning and repair services, franchisees use high-tech proprietary equipment, such as high-efficiency particulate air vacuums with filters that capture nearly 100 percent of particles 0.3 microns in size or larger. HEPA systems are customer-friendly tools, especially in homes where keeping allergens to a minimum is important.
Midtown Chimney Sweeps assists both residential and commercial clients with fireplace inspections and maintenance. For example, prospective homebuyers and realtors may hire the brand’s technicians to evaluate the condition of chimney interiors before making an offer. State-of-the-art systems play a role here as well, and the company’s personnel uses special cameras that transmit live images from chimney interiors.
Why Midtown Chimney Sweeps?
As the only franchise in the United States that offers chimney sweeping services performed by insured experts with Certified Cleaning Professional qualifications, Midtown Chimney Sweeps enjoys a niche with little competition. Approximately 50 percent of homes in the U.S. have at least one fireplace, providing significant room for franchise growth.
One area where franchisees may excel over competitors has to do with digital technology. By offering business owners Customer Relationship Management software and e-commerce tools such as Search Engine Optimization services, the company enables its franchisees to connect with potential clients quickly and easily via online and local channels.
Another benefit of Midtown Chimney Sweeps is the franchise’s relatively low initial capital requirement. No business office is required, and many operators run their company from home. A dedicated Scheduling Center handles scheduling appointments, rescheduling, reminders, call reception services and all client follow-up tasks. In other words, franchisees principally focus on overseeing their employees or carrying out maintenance services, not worrying about taking phone calls or answering questions.
Midtown Chimney University provides initial training and ongoing instruction for small business owners and maintenance technicians. Franchisees also receive assistance when training for required CCP certification.
To be a good fit for the Midtown Chimney Sweeps brand, potential franchisees should be prepared to oversee day-to-day operations personally. While hiring an operations manager is permitted, owners are expected to be fully engaged with the franchise. Owner-operators are also encouraged, and the work-from-home nature of the chimney sweeping business lends itself to this format.
To benefit fully from available markets, franchisees will optimally live in an area with cold annual climate conditions and where homeowners use stoves or fireplaces regularly. Potential business owners should be aware that chimney sweeping tends toward a seasonal revenue stream. These periods of increased and reduced activity may be an added benefit or provide challenges depending on the franchisee’s business goals.
As a low-investment business, Midtown Chimney Sweeps may be accessible for interested franchisees who don’t have a lot of liquid capital available. Financing and VIP discounts for trucks and vans are offered through an authorized Dodge dealership, and available packages include items such as ladder ranks, lettering, tools and essential equipment. The initial franchise fee isn’t financed, but applicants may qualify for monthly payments rather than a lump sum.
Training And Support
Midtown Chimney Sweeps provides franchisees with a three-day introductory training program for the owner or operations manager and one technician. Additional required instruction includes an advanced training program lasting five days. Both courses take place at company headquarters in Colorado and consist of classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
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