The Gutter Guys vs Home Owners Club of America Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of The Gutter Guys vs Home Owners Club of America including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

The Gutter Guys Franchise
Home Owners Club of America Franchise
Investment $91,700$85,000 - $110,000
Franchise Fee $15,000$50,000
Royalty Fee 5%-
Advertising Fee --
Year Founded 19881993
Year Franchised 20001999
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Renewal Fee 25% of franchise fee-

Business Experience Requirements

The Gutter Guys Franchise
Home Owners Club of America Franchise
  • Marketing skills
  • People skills, good work ethic
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    Financing Options

    The Gutter Guys Franchise
    Home Owners Club of America Franchise
      In-House/3rd PartyIn-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees No/No-/-
    Start-up Costs No/No-/-
    Equipment No/Yes-/-
    Inventory No/No-/-
    Receivables No/No-/-
    Payroll No/No-/-

    Training & Support

    The Gutter Guys Franchise
    Home Owners Club of America Franchise
    Training --
    Support Newsletter, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives* Computer Software Package, custom designed for the operation of HOCOA * Specified Territory * Marketing Plan * Computer Training Manual * Operations Manual * Artwork and use of Recognized Logo * Support Services * Training Seminar * Annual Franchise Seminar * Webpage and link to the Corporate Site
    Marketing Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising-
    Operations Franchise can be run from home.

    10% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 7

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)


    Expansion Plans

    The Gutter Guys Franchise
    Home Owners Club of America Franchise
    US Expansion Yes-
    Canada Expansion No-
    International Expansion No-

    Company Overviews

    About The Gutter Guys

    The Gutter Guys was founded by Michael Williams in 1988. Michael had been working in the restaurant and hospitality business for the previous fifteen years and needed gutters and downspouts on his new home. Amazed at the total lack of professionalism in the gutter companies he encountered while getting gutter installation estimates, he decided to start The Gutter Guys. Using his extensive knowledge of and passion for customer service, Michael's company now serves more than 300,000 happy customers throughout four mid-Atlantic states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Not only did Michael develop the recipe to satisfy his customers, he also found the right recipe to recruit and retain quality employees. While discussing how to utilize and reward skilled employees with his business advisor and CPA Chuck Johnson, the idea of franchising came up. Not franchising in the normal sense, but as a way to expand the geographic area the business served and give employees an opportunity to become self employed while remaining with The Gutter Guys.

    Chuck was so instrumental in helping to develop a system to give The Gutter Guys' employees a chance to become franchise owners that he was invited to join the company. Chuck accepted and sold his well-established accounting practice to join The Gutters Guys full time. Since that time, we have helped twelve of our employees become self employed franchisees of The Gutter Guys.

    About Home Owners Club of America

    Homes Owners Clubs of America opens a "door of a different color, size, and style." and offers an unusually distinctive meaning to the phrase "making a living!" Do you want the financial security of a generous income minus the corporate backdrop and employee headaches? Are you looking for more flexibility in your work schedule or income upon retirement? Do you enjoy helping others? If you answered positively to these question, then a HOCOA franchise could be an attractive opportunity for you.

    What AAA does for automobiles, we do for homes. We match the customer's requested service with our best certified contractor. Our Home Repair Network franchise opportunity has contractors with outstanding references, insurance, and any required licenses. Our approved contractors join the network by invitation only. They cannot pay to join us. After making a request for service, customers receive a service call from a contractor within an hour. We follow up to verify that the work was completed to the customer's satisfaction.

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