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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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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.


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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.


ASWEFA is a franchise that provides a high level of customer support and full instructor training so you can start from scratch and focus on growing your business. If making a difference, high standards and safety are important to you contact ASWEFA.

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New Zealand’s largest flooring retailer. The size of the Carpet Court Group means that Carpet Court Franchise Partners benefit from the advantages of scale when it comes to all aspects of business, including buying power, marketing, product range and other business support services.

Cavalier Homes NZArrow

Cavalier Homes is a progressive and innovative franchise residential building company. Our business platform provides the tools, processes and expertise for success. We are looking for licensed builders who believe in quality customer service and are drive, energetic and bring a can do attitude.

Compass HomesArrow

Wanted - business persons with entrepreneurial flair and ambition. A Compass Homes franchise gives you all the advantages of owning your own business, being your own boss, but still getting all the support you need in all aspects to help you run and grow your business.

Crest PropertyCareArrow

If you have handyman skills, or are good with outside jobs, a Crest PropertyCare franchise may suit. We provide caretaking services to businesses and schools, looking after exterior areas around buildings, grounds and doing simple property maintenance duties. Franchises are available nationwide.


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. Seeking hard-working, sales-driven, computer literate go-getters who are willing to follow a proven dynamic international business model.

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.

Green Homes NZArrow

Green Homes New Zealand design and build sustainable, high performing and energy efficient homes for Kiwis. We are increasing our local and international footprint and have franchise opportunities now available to highly driven LBP builders who have a desire stand out amongst the rest with a strong point of difference in the market.

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.

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At Kitset Assembly Services, assembly is our business and demand for the service is extremely high. Successful Franchisees benefit from strong income, continuous job security, work-life balance and the latest industry training and knowledge.

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.

Maintain To ProfitArrow

Maintain To Profit is New Zealand’s leading property renovation and maintenance business. It is primarily a sales and project management licence business opportunity. A passion for renovating, property or trade background are advantageous. Contact us for your next business or career move with unlimited potential.

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.

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NZA Apprenticeships is a managed apprenticeship company who recruit, employ, place and mentor apprentices in the building and construction sector. Seeking passionate, committed potential franchisees that can manage their own territory and develop a successful business. Full training provided, background in construction not necessary.

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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.


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Landscape and garden supply yards providing bulk and bagged products. Pick-up and deliveries. Will suit hands-on owner operators with a passion for excellent customer service who take pride in customer satisfaction.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

ProGroup FranchiseArrow

Franchise opportunities offering five property transformation brands. GroutPro (tile maintenance and restoration), Deck & Fence Pro (outdoor timber maintenance and restoration), Garage Carpet Pro (garage transformations), Prep & Paint Pro (trade painting project management) and Grass Pro (artificial grass installation). Fantastic systems and support.

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.

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.



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