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Aging Baby Boomers Boost Service Franchises

Julie Bennett

According to the American Association of Retired Persons in Washington, between now and 2029 the nation's baby boomers will hit age 65 at the rate of 8,000 a day. This expanding older population is a boon to franchises that serve their needs. Read more


10 Franchises That Swept the Nation in 2015

Anna Hensel - Inc.

The decision to franchise opens up many additional questions for business owners already bogged down with a myriad of responsibilities. Where do we want to expand? What makes a good potential business location? And whom can we trust to gain intimate access to our business?
Many of the businesses that snagged a spot on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list have not only managed to grow at an exceptional rate but have also found a way to succeed in the cutthroat world of franchising. Below are the top 10 fastest-growing franchisor businesses on this year's Inc. 5000 Read more


HandyPro Named To Inc. Top 500

The Editors of INC.

Our annual list of America's fastest-growing private companies is full of entrepreneurs who have carpe'd the diem. Particularly in industries such as health care, financial services, and technology, the Inc. 500 mirrors the most robust sectors of the U.S. economy. Electronic-payment processors. Niche retailers. Boxing fitness companies. Still doubt the trajectory of e-health businesses? You missed an opportunity.
Each year, Inc. ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America. See who made the list. Read more


HandyPro Named To Top Franchises For Veterans

Franchise Business Review

Franchising, in many ways, may be an ideal career path for veterans. Franchise owners who are self-motivated, driven, highly trainable, thrive within a team environment, and understand the value of following detailed systems, tend to succeed. Military service cultivates these traits. The franchisors we interviewed for this report cited that veterans have many characteristics they like candidates to have including... Read more


HandyPro Featured on Entrepreneur's 2015 "Best of the Best" List

Making it into Entrepreneur's 2015 Franchise 500 is quite an achievement. But a select group of franchises have even more to brag about. They're what we call the "best of the best" - the franchises that ranked at the top of their industry categories-and you'll find all 101 of them listed on the following pages. These companies were ranked based on Entrepreneur's objective, quantifiable criteria, including system size, growth rate and financial strength and stability. But there are many other factors to consider in searching out the best franchise for you. This list is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company but as a starting point for your research. Always read a company's legal documents, consult with an attorney and an accountant and talk to other franchisees before investing in any opportunity. View Article


Franchise Interviews: HandyPro Handyman Services | Senior Modifications

Joel Libava - The Franchise King

I was pretty excited when I first learned about HandyPro. I always get pumped when I find out about a franchise opportunity in a huge sector that's really, really different... Read more


Entrepreneur Magazine Ranked HandyPro 2 Years in a Row 2014 and 2015

Entrepreneur

HandyPro franchisees offer residential and commercial handyman services including painting, plumbing, electrical services, drywall, and tile and grout installation and repairs. They also offer home-modification services to assist seniors and the disabled, such as bathroom remodeling, doorway widening, and wheelchair-ramp installation... Read more

 

Look back at '11 when making resolutions

Americas's Master Handyman Glenn Haege

..."Too often, people overestimate their ability to complete a project in a timely manner, and they also often underestimate the cost of materials," says Keith Paul, founder of HandyPro Handyman Services... "As a result, we get a lot of calls to help people finish their projects when they realize it may never get done." ... Read More


Precautions let aging parents stay in the home

Americas's Master Handyman Glenn Haege

For many baby boomers, the empty nest can become full again if Mom or Dad has to move in because they can't live on their own anymore. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure they can age in place safely and comfortably.
'The majority of falls for seniors happen in the bathroom, so that is the most important area of the home to ensure is safe,' said Robert Gurinowitsch, senior environmental modification specialist with HandyPro, (800) 942- 6394, www.handypro.com. 'Putting up grab bars and traction strips in the tub or shower can give seniors the support and safety they need,' he said. 'We even change the door swing on bathroom doors so they swing out, which ensures you don't hit Mom or Dad with the door if they do fall on the floor in the bathroom and you need to get in to help them,' he added... Read More


Transform a spare room to fit your needs, lifestyle

Americas's Master Handyman Glenn Haege

Having a spare room in a home can present a great opportunity to transform the space into something that fits your lifestyle. And with many empty nesters now having unused space after the kids are grown and gone, room transformation is becoming a very popular home project.
...Robert Gurinowitsch, chief operating officer for HandyPro, (734) 254-9160, www.handypro.com, said that there is a trend towards generational families moving in together and the need to renovate the home to make it easier for Mom or Dad to live comfortably in their home. ... Read More


Do it Yourself - Famous Last Words

..."You can't trust most contractors; they just want to rip you off." Every homeowner has had an experience with some type of contractor that left a very bad taste. They show up late (if at all), track mud in your house, never have the parts they need, park on your lawn, leave trash in the driveway, try to sell something you don't need, use your bathroom without asking and light up cigarettes in your house. The list goes on.

I spoke with one of Hire it Done's pre-screened licensed and insured contractors Keith Paul, owner of HandyPro Handyman Services in Plymouth, Michigan. In his 19 years of running HandyPro , he's seen it all. "We get called in on projects at every stage; from the time a project is just being conceived, to rescuing a homeowner from a failed attempt. We understand that ambition, experience and time don't always come together as planned."

I know that HandyPro staffs only experienced professionals, all covered with the proper licensing and insurance.... Read More


Keith A. Paul Awarded by Corp Magazine

Keith A. Paul Awarded by Corp Magazine June2014, Entrepreneur of Distinction.  Recognition for the needed stamina,creative insight, and forward thinking to establish and maintain asuccessful organization.


Rick Bloom Asset Management on Home Modifications

With the aging of our society, more people are trying to figure out ways to remain in their homes as they age rather than selling it and moving to an assisted living facility. We talk with Robert Gurinowitsch, the Chief Operating Officer for HandyPro, a national senior home modification and handyman services company headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, to find out more about what seniors need to know regarding modifying their homes as they age.

Q. After years of living in their homes, it seems senior citizens are trying to remain in them even as they may become more disabled. Is that a trend you are seeing?

A. Absolutely. More than 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, so the idea of being able to remain in the home they love after they retire is strong... Read More


HandyPro named top franchise

HandyPro, a national handyman service and senior home modification franchise company headquartered in Plymouth, has recently been named as the number one Handyman Service business in Entrepreneur magazine's 35th annual "Franchise 500," which ranked the top franchise companies for 2013.

In addition, Home Business Magazine also named HandyPro as one of 50 "Trendy" home-based businesses.

This is the second time HandyPro was honored with a "Franchise 500" ranking from Entrepreneur magazine, which recognizes growth-oriented franchises. For its ranking list, Entrepreneur's editorial panel looks at the franchises financial strength and stability, size of the franchise system and growth rate... Read More


HandyPro CEO got a lesson in success while working other jobs

Frank Witsil

Sometimes, Keith Paul said, the best preparation for business success comes from not succeeding in the beginning.

Paul, the CEO of Plymouth-based HandyPro, operates an expanding company that offers handyman outlets. It now it has 31 franchises in 13 states; and he's hoping to take the business global.

He said a key driver for the demand for handyman services these days is that thousands of baby boomers are aging, and rather than move into a nursing home, it costs less to modify their homes so that they can stay in them.

"There's such a need for this around the world, not only in the United States," he said.

Still, Paul said, his success now has a lot to do with what he learned working other jobs, including when he bought his first business, a pizzeria, which he ended up selling for no profit... Read More


Precautions let aging parents stay in the home

Glenn Haege

For many baby boomers, the empty nest can become full again if Mom or Dad has to move in because they can't live on their own anymore. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure they can age in place safely and comfortably.

"The majority of falls for seniors happen in the bathroom, so that is the most important area of the home to ensure is safe," said Robert Gurinowitsch, senior environmental modification specialist with HandyPro, (800) 942-6394, www.handypro.com. "Putting up grab bars and traction strips in the tub or shower can give seniors the support and safety they need," he said. "We even change the door swing on bathroom doors so they swing out, which ensures you don't hit Mom or Dad with the door if they do fall on the floor in the bathroom and you need to get in to help them," he added. Gurinowitsch also said... Read More


Handyman Service Adds Mobile Technology to Its Tool Belt

Michelle Gilbert

Specializing in home modifications for seniors, HandyPro, based in Plymouth, Mich., has 28 franchises that provide professional handyman services to residential and corporate customers nationwide. As of recently, the handymen and women at HandyPro have added another tool to their belt: 4G LTE tablets... Read More


It pays to be handy: Fix-it company builds its franchise numbers

Sherri Welch

After growing slowly its first 18 years, HandyPro International LLC has more than doubled its U.S. franchisees to30 over the past year and a half, and it's not done growing yet... Read More


Number of seniors modifying homes on the rise

Glenn Haege

Aging in place is a topic that becomes more important as our population skews older. Recent statistics from an AARP study indicate that 80 percent of those older than 45 want to remain in their homes as they age, even if they need assistance to do so... Read More


Number of seniors modifying homes on the rise

Glenn Haege

Aging in place is a topic that becomes more important as our population skews older. Recent statistics from an AARP study indicate that 80 percent of those older than 45 want to remain in their homes as they age, even if they need assistance to do so. That's why we are seeing more and more seniors modifying their homes. Home modifications today come in two categories... Read More



They're Helping Keep Senior Citizens at Home

Bob Williams

Many people are, or will be soon, making age-related decisions for themselves or an aging family member. Outside of health concerns, housing is often the most challenging consideration.  John Hoppa, Jason Roberts, and Lee Rider are three Gwinnett County residents who recently started a HandyPro franchise that specializes in home modifications for seniors, and serves Suwanee. Roberts and Rider are also residential real-estate appraisers.
Accessibility and safety issues can quickly become a concern for those who are ill or disabled. Many seniors may feel that home modifications are too expensive. But often... Read More


"I've Never Had a Dishwasher!"

Aired on Rachael Ray

Holly estimates that her mother Kay, who has spent 57 years without a dishwasher, has washed about half a million dishes in her lifetime. Kay admits that she spends an hour to an hour and a half each day doing dishes, and that her dream of owning a dishwasher was supposed to come true when she met her husband Charlie. "I figured once we got married ... doesn't everybody have a dishwasher?" she asks. ... Read More


Can power factor correction devices lower your electric bill?

Keith A. Paul

The unit is essentially made up of capacitors that are hooked up to a circuit panel and claim to reduce the power generated from your utility company. Although there are other units for commercial and industrial usage, we only researched the claims for the residential. They are said to reduce the amount of power by storing electricity otherwise lost from the motors in your home such as washing machines, furnace blower motors, refrigerators and air conditioners. The cost for the unit is approximately $300, plus installation... Read More
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Coming in handy

Brad Kadrich

Back in the mid-1990s, Keith and Debra Paul watched as Debra's grandmother suffered through being ripped off by a contractor.
After that experience, the Pauls began a referral service, finding contractors mostly for people who needed things done around the house.
When demand for that grew to be too much, they took the next step: They started their own company and, in 1996, HandyPro Handyman Services was born.  "We had so many calls for handymen, we couldn't find enough," said Keith Paul.
Today, after 10 years in business, the company has 13 handymen working at its Plymouth office, and hopes to add even more...Read More


Handyman business nails service, quality

Maureen McDonald

Providing a cadre of handymen who arrive when they say they will and do what they are asked to do at a fair price may not sound revolutionary, but it has been the secret to success for HandyPro.
The Plymouth-based service company is recording $1.2 million in annual sales, including its five franchises. The owners are aiming for 100 stores in the next decade.
"The biggest frustration customers told us was that contractors came late, even a day later than they said they would come," said co-owner Keith Paul, whose company has serviced over 15,000 homeowners in southeast Michigan... Read More



Handyman fixes 'hurry up and wait' problem

By Joe Gagnon Appliance Doctor

I wonder how many men in this country are married to Martha Stewart? I know I am, and with great pride, as I see all of the talents that Valorie possesses.
Recently she decided to renovate the lower level man's bathroom in the house and seeing as how I'm the only guy in the house, it's mine. She pulls the medicine cabinet out of the wall and wants the hole filled in with a piece of drywall, then she can't get the wall-paper off behind the toilet so she removes the toilet itself. Guess what folks, I'm getting a new toilet... Read More


Home repair company adds business clients

Maureen McDonald

The 13-person staff of HandyPro Handyman Service Inc. is pounding on new doors as the Plymouth-based firm increases its commercial outreach to paint a steady profit picture, according to co-owner, Keith Paul.
"We've moved our firm in the direction of demand. Retailers and business owners have a difficult time finding reliable, licensed, insured handymen for their small projects," Paul said as he ramps up HandyPro Facility Services. "We respond. We show up when we say we will or we give a $30 discount on repairs... Read More


Testimonials

"With the installation of the stair lift Katie gained back some independence and we were able to function more like a family, first time since the accident. Your attention to our needs during this time was exceptional and your folks that worked in our home were skilled an respectful. We would recommend HandyPro to anyone who needs the many types of work you provide." - Dave & Linda S.

"Kenneth Cardenas did an outstanding job on my sliding glass door project. He is a pro." - Larry F

"Help!! My roof is leaking and dripping into my dining room!!!! I called several guys I know that have done some repairs for me in the past and was told I needed a new roof. They suggested I cover the roof with a blue tarp until I could get a new roof installed. Finally, I called Tom. He was there within two hours, made emergency repairs in drizzling rain, stopped the leak and came back later that week and made permanent repairs. Also told me I do not need a new roof now. Tom, I want to thank you and your company for the quick response and professional service work you provided to me. Excellent craftsmanship and wonderful clean-up. Bravo!" - Jane D.

"Thank you for the excellent job installing the new fence for us. HandyPro was not the cheapest bid we received but we trusted the way you presented the project over the other 3. The results are great and the attention to detail that you crew showed during the process, including clean up was surprising. The grass has grown in and the look of our backyard is more then we expected." - Jeanne F.

"Service was prompt and at my convenience. My contractor was able to make adjustments and avoid replacing my whole door." - Betty B.