Garage storage and organization continues to be the fastest growing home improvement category in North America.
Garage Living showroom.
Garage Living has established itself as the premier full service, turn-key garage improvement company. Garage Living is currently building a franchise network and is looking for a select group of individuals who are passionate about design, construction and customer service. Our system offers our franchisees an opportunity to be your own boss while providing the support to build a successful business. Please contact our office to find out more about Garage Living and franchise opportunities in your area.
Garage Living – a premium home improvement franchise.
Garage Living is full-service, single-source solution for any garage remodeling needs. Over the years, we have developed and refined a solid business concept dedicated to helping our clients understand the importance and benefits of organizing and remodeling their garages, with a wide variety of components that are in keeping with the high quality finishes in other areas of their home.
As a Garage Living franchise owner, you, too, can provide your clients with specialized, high-end garage solutions that can be customized for their individual spaces and budgets. And, you can do it all with confidence, with full access to all our exclusive tools, resources, programs, and sales techniques to help grow your own business!
Picture yourself owning and operating a premium home improvement franchise business in a compelling and growing industry sector, backed by the support of a team of experts that is there for you every step of the way.
Contact us today and find out how you can take advantage of an incredible home improvement franchise opportunity – make a difference in the lives of discerning clients in your local area.
I wasn't interested in joining a franchise, but after looking at the Garage Living program, and the quality of people running it, I decided to investigate further. Over the next five months, I did a thorough analysis of costs, fees, marketing materials, and benefits. It became clear to me that I could bring my product line to market much more efficiently and profitably with Garage Living.
In 2014, I joined the Garage Living family, and it truly is a family. My showroom was opened in May of 2015, and things took off. Don’t be fooled. It is a lot of hard work running a franchise but it is incredibly rewarding. I experienced a 40% growth in my first year, and that was with my showroom open for only seven months.
Joining Garage Living is the best thing I could have done for my business and my family. I haven’t regretted it for a second.
— Gary DiStefano, franchise owner (Garage Living Jacksonville)
A garage remodeling franchise opportunity unlike any other.
Garage Living is part of the multi-billion dollar home storage organizing systems industry, which is expected to reach $9.4 Billion by 2017. Garage organization products are expected to post the fastest gains in the industry, rising by up to 7.5% per year.*
But in this enormous and growing garage remodeling franchise market, we pride ourselves on being different. We are uniquely focused on selling a lifestyle for our targeted clients, and dedicated to transforming overloaded and cluttered garages into a professionally designed, organized space that matches the luxury finishes of the rest of the home.
The Garage Living garage remodeling franchise opportunity offers you, as a franchise owner, multiple potential product lines and revenue sources, from cabinetry to flooring to organizational systems – and even any necessary demolition and construction services needed to create a deluxe garage space.
Best of all, our program is backed by the support of a professional team with years of expertise in making garages beautiful from the floor up!
After an 18-month search of researching over 20 different franchises in the home services industry, we came across Garage Living. The opportunity to introduce garage flooring and organization, and generate awareness of garage transformations market, was very appealing. The garage is the last place homeowners think of improving, and the opportunity of getting involved in this market got us very excited.
The fact that the business was founded in Canada by Canadians was also a major factor in deciding to move forward and make the investment in launching our franchise.
— Lance Sparling, franchise owner (Garage Living Vancouver)
The advantages of our garage organization franchise program.
As a Garage Living franchise owner, you will benefit from our custom designed support system, so that you can run your garage organization franchise business as efficiently and effectively as possible:
- Location Selection & Development Guidance: including choosing an appropriate location, plus guidance on layout and equipment for your high-end showroom.
- Pre-Opening Training: including classroom and hands-on exercises, plus on-site training with a Garage Living representative at your location.
- Our Confidential Operations Manual: including all important details of running your business, from specific hiring techniques to proper installation methods, client project management and business reporting functions and more.
- Equipment, Product & Technology Access: including the best tools and equipment from approved vendor lists, CRM and CAD technology tools for optimal business management, and exclusive and branded product lines.
- Ongoing Support: including updates, remote assistance, refresher training programs and business planning meetings.
- Marketing Assistance: including a professionally-developed library of project photographs (before and after), customizable marketing materials, online tools, and more.
Joining the Garage Living family has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my 29 years of business.
The help and support I have received from corporate and other franchise owners to say the least is amazing. We never could’ve grown this fast without it and in a short time we are already adding on more installation crews and salespeople. Garage interiors are an incredibly untapped market and nobody does it better than Garage Living!
— Richard Cunningham, franchise owner (Garage Living Connecticut)
VP of Franchise Development
Steve Wilkins has been a member of the Garage Living executive team since 2014. As Vice-President of Franchise Development, Steve is responsible for recruiting new franchisees and getting all franchise locations successfully to market. He works with the new franchises to secure proper financing and assists them in procuring the equipment they’ll require.
Steve’s background includes 30 years with the Yellow Pages Group, which involved sales, sales management, sales training, and new product development responsibilities. Following his time at Yellow Pages, Steve worked with a Toronto advertising agency and eventually left to start his own successful Toronto-area garage door and car lift business.
Recognizing the robust growth opportunity of Garage Living’s business model, he enthusiastically joined the company to head up their franchise development. Steve’s extensive sales background is a huge asset in helping new franchises develop successful sales strategies.
As a longtime automotive enthusiast, Steve has owned many vintage Corvettes and is involved in the Corvette community. He has rebuilt and restored numerous classics over the years. Steve also loves motorcycles, especially his new Harley-Davidson Road Glide, and is a member of the Harley Owners Group.
Steve is married to Maureen and has three children and one grandson. He’s a big sports fan and enjoys being involved in coaching hockey and baseball with his son and middle daughter.
If you would like to join the Garage Living family as a franchisee, Steve will be happy to speak to you. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Related: Steve's interview with Home Talk USA about franchise opportunities.
The products that Garage Living carries truly sell themselves. In the last year, we’ve learned that everyone wants an organized garage that can be used as additional space in their home. The customers that have a budget for this type of home improvement are always delighted with the results. It really is an untapped market that we didn’t know existed.
After our first year we exceeded our expectation and can’t imagine doing anything else. There is no greater feeling than making over a client’s garage. We have yet to complete a project where our client isn’t in love with the end result! What could be more rewarding than sell products and service that people can’t get anywhere else?
— Charmaine & Mike Reiber, franchise owners (Garage Living Calgary)
GM and VP of Franchise Operations
As a member of Garage Living’s Executive team, Ron’s role as GM and VP of Franchise Operations is to work with his team to ensure franchisees are seamlessly recruited, on-boarded and supported with the ultimate goal of running a high performing and rewarding location.
His background in various franchise companies and family run franchises positions him with a unique corporate and franchisee perspective. He started working with his family in the Canadian retail gasoline sector with a Petro Canada franchise, then running 1 of 3 family owned Oil Changers franchises in the Greater Toronto Area, from here he moved into the corporate world joining Canadian Tire managing a 24 location/$200MM region of franchises and finally helped Mr. Lube manage their 75 location Walmart franchise portfolio across Canada before joining Garage Living.
Along the way, he has participated in several start up companies and is still actively involved as a member of their boards. Ron joined Garage Living because he sees it as a company with a huge growth trajectory and ultimately a great place for him to apply his experience to help guide and shape its future.
When not at work, Ron takes an active role in his community by volunteering his time. He volunteers as chair of his children’s parent council, is a parks & trails ambassador and participates in helping small business owners in an advisory capacity. For fun, Ron is passionate about European cars - both the customization and maintenance of them and can be found in his garage on any given weekend working on one of his cars.
If you would like to join the Garage Living team as a franchisee or would like to join the Garage Living corporate team, Ron would be happy to hear from you. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions.
What will I receive as part of the Garage Living franchise system?
We will provide up to three weeks of pre-opening training at our corporate training center, including both classroom sessions and hands-on training with corporate sales and installation staff. We will also provide you and your staff with on-site training around the time of your location’s grand opening, lasting up to three days. As a franchise owner, you will have access to all of Garage Living’s trademarks, approved product suppliers, and our exclusive business model and procedures. We’ll also present you with a copy of our confidential operations manual to help you run your home improvement franchise business properly on a day-to-day basis.
What type of prior experience do I need to have?
Garage Living franchise owners are not required to have prior construction or remodeling industry experience, but it can be helpful to understand the basics of running a business like ours. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to open a dialogue with existing similar or complementary home improvement businesses who wish to add the Garage Living system to their current operations. In general, we are seeking franchise candidates who have good communications and customer service skills, a strong work ethic, and a dedication to the local community. A solid understanding of business management is also important, and sales skills are also helpful. We expect that franchise owners have adequate capital to invest in the business, and we also expect franchise owners to be directly involved in the daily operations of the franchise business. But regardless of your background, we will provide the training and tools you need to run your Garage Living franchise effectively.
How much will the Garage Living franchise investment cost me?
The projected initial investment range for a single start-up location is between $236,750 and $313,500. This investment amount includes a franchise fee of $60,000. As with any new business venture, it’s important that you have the capital needed to adequately fund your new business.
Is financing available?
We are an approved SBA franchisor (USA only) which enables new franchises to secure funding (OAC) from $150,000 for working capital.
Are there other ongoing fees paid to the franchisor?
Franchisees will be required to pay royalties at a rate of 6.5% of gross revenues. These royalties allow us to fund our ongoing support services and the continued development of products and procedures, marketing tools, training programs, and systems upgrades.
Are there any advertising fees?
Franchisees will be required to spend 6% of gross revenues toward local marketing efforts in their territory. Franchisees will also contribute 2% of gross revenues into the system marketing fund. Collected funds will be used to develop marketing strategies to promote the Garage Living brand and fund the creative costs to develop any local franchise marketing materials and campaigns.
What is the term of the franchise agreement?
The initial term of your franchise agreement is five years, with two subsequent renewal terms of five years each.
How do I get started?
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Garage Living franchise, click here to request more information about our program.
Call us at 1-855-997-3046 or send an email to email@example.com to discuss the possibility of setting up a visit to view our operations, speak with key franchise management staff, and receive our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) which contains all the important details you’ll need to make an informed decision.