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Building, Renovation & Maintenance Franchises in NZ

Any business requires not just operational skills but also good management and great systems if it is to grow. That’s especially true in the building and construction industry, where many factors combine to make life complicated: compliance, contractors, suppliers, timing, weather, unforeseeable issues, the cost of mistakes and the emotional involvement of the clients.

Building renovationThe majority of building businesses are established by those who start with the operational skills and learn the rest as they go along. That can be very successful but, as any entrepreneur will tell you, involves a lot of trial and error as well as learning ‘off the job’ to develop the necessary management skills. It’s therefore not surprising that franchising has become popular in the building industry. The idea of a franchise is that someone else has already done the development work and will help guide you through the growth process.

Lockwood was one of the first home-grown building franchises in New Zealand and since then we have seen many local and Australian construction brands enter the market. Apart from new home building franchises, there are specialists in areas such as sheds and commercial buildings; renovation; maintenance and repair; kitchen and bathroom refurbishment; decking and fences; aluminium joinery; landscaping and more. Dedicated trade franchises have also developed in plumbing, electrical and building inspection.

So what advantages does franchising offer in this market? Here are a few:

1. Franchises offer systems to manage stock, staff and operations more effectively. The franchisor does the research and carries out the training on new systems and processes. All those costs are shared across the franchisees.

2. Franchises offer builders the ability to transition off the tools and into managing their own company: to work on the business rather than in the business.

3. Franchises have more buying power when it comes to suppliers, from goods and equipment to insurance and telecommunications.

4. Franchisees co-operate rather than competing with each other, sharing information on markets, customers and contractors. They also create a peer group for sharing ideas and issues.

5. Franchises can offer experienced guidance on growth issues: what staff are needed and when; lead generation and conversion; investment in plant and machinery; financial issues, debt recovery and raising capital.

6. Franchises offer a known brand to attract customers, and may offer added security in the form of customer guarantees.

7. Some franchises offer the ability to specialise in particular markets (eg. new home building, home renovation, kitchen or bathroom refurbishment, fence and deck building, premises maintenance).

8. And finally, well-established franchise brands are generally worth more than independent businesses when the time comes to sell. This means that franchisees are creating an appreciating asset as well as an income stream.

Of course, buying a franchise doesn’t guarantee success and not every franchise will live up to the benefits outlined above. In the volatile building industry, franchisees can and do fail sometimes, and such failures can tarnish the whole group, sometimes unfairly. That’s why it’s important to do more than ask ‘How much does it cost?’ and ‘What experience do I need?' Do your research – we recommend putting in an hour of research for every $1000 that you plan to invest. Apart from talking to the franchisor and asking them lots of questions,  it’s also a good idea to consult a lawyer specialising in franchises and an accountant experienced in franchising.

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A Buyer's Choice Home InspectionsArrow

Proven international franchise operating in 15 countries around the world. The house inspection industry is rapidly growing with pre-purchase inspections, P testing, maintenance inspections and safe and sanitary reports. We are now looking for further inspectors nationwide.


New Zealand’s leading hire company supplying scissor lifts, cherry pickers and knucklebooms. There are exciting new franchise options available throughout the North Island. A unique opportunity exists for the right person to work their way into a franchise ownership role.

Appliance Tagging ServicesArrow

Appliance Tagging Services are Australia’s leading electrical testing and tagging franchise and are now franchising in New Zealand. Join our award-winning franchise business and enjoy the support of our proven system. We are seeking safety-minded well-organised people with a passion for success.

Building Wash ServicesArrow

BWS is the market leader in the exterior washing of commercial buildings. Outstanding opportunities for, motivated self-starters with an eye for details, a good understanding of safety and sales ability. Being trade qualified or experienced in commercial property of benefit. Full induction and training programme.

Cambridge HomesArrow

We are offering driven, motivated people the opportunity to become a Cambridge Homes franchisee. Our motto is to be with you every step of the way. This means that our team are dedicated to assisting you through the entire home building process.

Crest PropertyCareArrow

If you have handyman skills, or are good with outside jobs, you may like to consider a Crest PropertyCare franchise. We provide caretaking services to schools and building owners, looking after their grounds and doing simple property maintenance duties. Franchises are available throughout NZ.


As the business partner to kitchen and wardrobe retailers, interior fit-out specialists, and designers of bespoke products all over New Zealand, owning a Cutshop® is an opportunity not to be missed as home renovation projects are going through the roof.

Dream DoorsArrow

Design, manufacture and supply of made-to-measure kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms for retail and trade customers.

Fibrenew New ZealandArrow

Fibrenew are experts in leather, vinyl and plastic restoration. We are a unique, low cost, home based, mobile franchise providing services to the automotive, furniture, aviation and marine markets. No experience required. Would suit someone who enjoys working with their hands and has good colour vision.

Highmark HomesArrow

Highmark Homes was established in the 1960's and continues to offer quality yet affordable homes. Building on this success, we are now looking for experienced candidates nationwide. Joining our brand gives you access to proven systems, central office support and our team of designers and quantity surveyors.


New Zealand’s first choice for professional home maintenance, building and renovation services. Hire-A-Hubby has the distinct advantage of being the only franchise that offers a complete home maintenance and building service that’s professional and totally customer focused.

Jim's Building InspectionsArrow

Jim’s Building Inspections has just launched in NZ. The growth in building and the turnover of homes is driving a need for proper building inspections, meaning a lot of work for new franchisees. Getting in early will mean a great choice of territories too.

Jim's Tree & Stump RemovalArrow

Becoming your own boss is easier than you might think! We’re offering the chance to become part of the nationally recognised Jim's brand through Jim's Trees & Stump Removal. 8 Auckland plus several North Island territories available. Includes full business and systems training.

Just CabinsArrow

Just Cabins provides portable cabins for rent which are just perfect as sleepouts, extra room, portable office, or as storage at your home or business. Long-term cabin rentals provide a passive income, excellent growth and are easily run by one person part-time.

Landmark HomesArrow

Landmark Homes is recognised as an industry leader in top quality, new home design and construction. We are searching for highly driven and motivated people (preferably with building industry knowledge) to join our growing franchise network throughout New Zealand.

Milestone HomesArrow

Established over twelve years ago, Milestone Homes has common ownership and support systems with New Zealand’s most awarded and trusted home builder, Jennian Homes. This long-standing relationship ensures Milestone Homes has the structure, systems, processes, and experience to deliver a proven and smart franchisee package nationwide.

Navigation HomesArrow

Navigation Homes are offering an opportunity to own and drive a profitable house building franchise. Proven management system, support and the best national supply prices. Extensive range of designs to offer customers. Get off the tools and build an asset for yourself.

NZ House SurveysArrow

Reputable and trusted house inspection business providing quality pre-purchase surveys including multiple income streams from other revenue sources such as drug testing and safe and sanitary reports. Strong branding with nationwide opportunities. Best suited to building industry applicants including designers and carpenters.

Platinum HomesArrow

Platinum Homes are one of the top 10 national building companies in NZ and are one of the fastest, stable growth companies. Seeking financially stable people with the desire and drive to succeed to complete our licensee network, ideally from a construction or sales background.

Pukeko Rental ManagersArrow

Specialist residential property management. Lucrative business model with coaching and training. Be the best property manager in your region with significant points of difference. Be a part of the award-winning Pukeko team.

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Safe H2O have revolutionised water tank cleaning with high spec nano-filtration trailer units, capable of cleaning tanks and processing unlimited volumes of water to 0.001 micron. Innovative, profitable, professional. Seeking practical people with some basic mechanical aptitude and exceptional interpersonal skills.


Stihl Shop is a nationwide network of independent, locally owned specialist outdoor power equipment retailers. Every Stihl Shop is operated by friendly approachable people who are passionate about outdoor power equipment. Full training and on-going support. Sites with real growth potential available across NZ.

Stonewood HomesArrow

Seeking builders and construction entrepreneurs. Stonewood Homes is one of New Zealand’s largest builders, renowned for quality craftsmanship and award-winning plan designs. We are now extending the franchise throughout the regions and have opportunities available. Reduce your business risk and leverage off our success.

Swimart Pool & Spa ServicesArrow

Australasia's most experienced chain of pool & spa specialists. Swimart commenced business in Sydney in the early 80’s and since that time has grown through the provision of expert friendly advice and superior customer service to be the market leader in the pool and spa service sector.

Versatile Homes and BuildingsArrow

Rare opportunity to join the market leader. Current opportunities available in Hamilton and Queenstown. Versatile Homes and Buildings provides you with all the benefits of owning your own business, with the full support and resources of a nationwide organisation.

Wide Span ShedsArrow

Wide Span Sheds specialises in the custom design, supply and construction of pre-engineered buildings using only high quality New Zealand Steel. We service domestic, rural and commercial markets. A recent restructure has opened up rare and limited opportunities in the North Island for business savvy entrepreneurs.


Woolgro is a unique and proven system to establish premium lawns using our innovative pre-seeded lawn mats. You don’t have to have a landscaping background - just be customer-focused and enjoy working outside building a business based on excellent service.


Alurestore is the only mobile franchise of its kind in NZ. Alurestore offers customers the opportunity to restore their joinery or change the colour. Complete training package and equipment supplied. Huge potential for enthusiastic new franchisees. Come and join us as we expand.

Central Landscape & Garden SuppliesArrow

Landscape and garden supply yards providing bulk and bagged products. Pick-up and deliveries.


At Colourplus, we've got your style. Your local store offers all the inspiration, expertise and advice you need to turn your decorating dreams into reality. With 30 stores nationwide, offering a range of top quality paint, wallpaper, curtains, blinds, giftware and decorating accessories.

Deck & Fence ProArrow

Professional home service franchise offering specialised restoration services to homeowners for decks, fences, garden furniture, garage doors and more. Oil, stain and paint restoration specialists.

Flooring DesignArrow

Retail flooring shops. Franchisees come from within the industry, such as carpet and vinyl installers, with others from widely varying backgrounds. Full training, excellent systems and great support from a wide supplier base. Centralised systems create efficiencies and as a result, a profitable business model.


GroutPro are a multi award-winning franchise. Earn $2,000+ per week in one of the hottest sectors in the home improvement industry today. This is your chance to join an established, and very successful, industry-leading franchise group. Grout Pro is part of The Pro Group, along with Deck & Fence Pro, Prep & Paint Pro and Grass Pro.

Harrison Energy SolutionsArrow

Due to significant market growth and demand, Harrisons Energy Solutions are looking for the best of the best sales professionals. People who are considering owning and managing their own business in order to earn greater returns and rewards. Kiwi-owned business and proud of it.

Harrisons CarpetArrow

New Zealand's number one mobile carpet franchise. They offer a range of quality floor coverings, and as the largest carpet retailer in the world, they are able to negotiate the best prices. Unique opportunities for motivated individuals to purchase one of New Zealand's best franchise systems.

Harrisons Curtains & BlindsArrow

Own your own interior design business. Fully supported franchise opportunity available from Harrisons Curtains & Blinds. We are now looking for individuals with a natural sense of flair and style who are considering owning their own business, backed by an iconic Kiwi owned brand.

Kitchen StudioArrow

New Zealand's kitchen design specialists. Designing and installing custom-made kitchens throughout New Zealand since 1984. Enquire now for details of what location may suit. Join a motivated, professional, well established franchise network

Kowhai Roof CoatingsArrow

The Kowhai guys have been restoring and recoating roofs in most regions of NZ since the 1980’s. We have a proven and exclusive Kowhai coating system. Experience in roofing or coating systems required. Limited number of areas available now for suitable candidates.

Laser ElectricalArrow

Our multi-award winning Laser Electrical and Plumbing groups have experienced phenomenal growth over the last 10 years. Laser group's market leadership position has been earned through innovation, planning, use of quality systems and attention to providing the highest levels of customer service.

Laser PlumbingArrow

Our multi-award winning Laser Electrical and Plumbing groups have experienced phenomenal growth over the last 10 years. Laser group's market leadership position has been earned through innovation, planning, use of quality systems and attention to providing the highest levels of customer service.


Licensees work with merchant partners to provide a total insulation service to new home builders and retrofit insulation to existing homes. Licensees generally operate this business from home, employing their own staff, and operating their own vehicles. This enhances potential returns to licensees.

Prep & Paint ProArrow

Prep and Paint Pro is a division of The Pro Group, New Zealand’s preferred specialist home service franchise group. We are looking for motivated customer-focused people to join our rapidly expanding team. Download your free info pack at Franchises available nationwide. Also in The Pro Group are Grass Pro, Deck & Fence Pro and Grout Pro.

Prestige Home GroomersArrow

Prestige Home Groomers is a New Zealand-owned company. We are a cleaning business with a difference. We predominately clean only new premises cutting out the dirty work. The worst mess you will have to deal with is sawdust shavings and dusty windows.

Rapid LawnArrow

Hydroseeding erosion control roll-out turf. Niche industry. Self-motivated, interested in working outdoors? Great opportunities available throughout New Zealand. Full training. Ongoing support given.

Refresh RenovationsArrow

Refresh is New Zealand’s leading renovation business. Refresh is primarily a sales and marketing oriented franchise. We’re looking for business oriented people to join Refresh as franchisees, not builders. If you’re thinking about your next career move or business opportunity, you should consider Refresh.

Sentinel HomesArrow

Sentinel Homes is an innovative, home building company designing premium mid-end homes. A consistent winner at New Zealand's House of the Year awards. Sentinel Homes credits its success to its outstanding customer service and dedication to quality workmanship.

Slopemowing.comArrow offers a complete range of vegetation management services for government, local council, corporate or individual requirements. has been successfully operating its business in New Zealand for four years and has developed its franchise offering based on this success.

Wash RiteArrow

Wash Rite is New Zealand's premier domestic house wash and commercial property washing service where no job is too big or too small. We are currently looking for hardworking and dedicated people around New Zealand to join the Wash Rite team.

Window TreatmentsArrow

Window Treatments manufacture and supply blinds, awnings, shutters, insect screens as well as providing onsite blind cleaning and repair services to some regions. Franchises available on the West Coast of the South Island, New Plymouth, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

Zones Landscaping SpecialistsArrow

Zones Landscaping is the new outdoor franchise from the people behind the award-winning success of Refresh Renovations. Zones is New Zealand’s only franchise specialising in design and build landscaping services.



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