The Franchise Start-up Costs

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What does it cost to open a Klappenberger & Son Franchise?



Franchise Start-Up Costs

There are real costs to starting any business, and the franchise start-up costs are no exception.  Comparing various franchise start-up costs that are similar can be a daunting task but obviously very important.   

While Klappenberger & Son is here to assist you with the process of obtaining funding, we will not personally finance any portion of the loan.

 Your investment in owning your own business is entirely up to you, but we will be happy to help you prepare the proper documentation to put in front of the loan officer. We will provide you with a detailed FDD, which includes financial performance to submit to your lender. This will allow the institution to take a close look at the agreement between the franchisor and franchisee.



Comparing Franchise Start-up costs

The following table contains an overview of all franchise start-up costs:

ItemLow EstimateHigh EstimateNotes (See FDD for greater detail.)
Franchise Fee$ 40,000 (Veterans)$ 47,000
Service Vehicle$ 230$ 5,615Truck, Lettering, Ladder Rack
Signage for Vehicle$ 2,500$ 2,500
Business Insurance$ 4,150$ 10,300See FDD for Details
Painting Equipment$ 0$ 3,500
Misc. Tools$ 0$ 2,000
Uniforms and Printed Marketing Materials$ 1,180$ 1,400
Computer / Office Supplies$ 350$ 1,900See FDD for Details
Business Management Software$ 1,750$ 1,750
Bookkeeping Services$ 6,640$ 6,640
Initial Inventory$ 1,100$ 1,100
Training Expenses (Travel)$ 500$ 5,250See FDD for Details
Launch Marketing$ 3,000$ 6,000 
Licenses$ 75$ 2,500Fees vary from state to state. Networking Organizations
Professional Advisor Fees$ 1,250$ 2,000Attorney & Accountant Fees
Additional Capital$ 15,000$ 20,000First 3 Months of Operations
Total Estimated Initial Investment$ 77,725$ 119,455
First 3 Months of Operations


Franchise Start-up Costs Include the Territory 

A major benefit of owning a Klappenberger & Son franchise is that we offer you your choice from a wide array of expansive, available territories. Our territories are much larger than those of all other competitors, but for now, the wealthiest territories are still available in your area. A fantastic advantage of getting a franchise early is that you can stake your claim where you want.

Why do we offer such large territories?

Because I’d rather have 200 successful and satisfied franchises than 400 franchises complaining that their territories are too small. 

I’ve heard stories of other franchises complaining that they are bidding against each other for large commercial jobs.  

Also, before franchising, I grew my company to 25 techs working during the peak seasons.  The area I worked in had about 450,000 people.  It would only be fair that my franchisees to have the same opportunity.

Franchise Start-up Cost Comparison Chart

The following table is a franchise cost comparison between Klappenberger & Son, CertaPro, College Pro, FRESH COAT, ProTect, Five Star, and Handyman Matters.  More than just the franchise start-up costs, it is important to compare fees, training, and territory size.

NameRoyaltyTerritoryPre-Opening Training (Classroom/On-The-Job)Onsite Opening Assistance
Klappenberger & Son6 percent of gross revenues up to $700,000 and a five percent royalty on revenues over $700,001 during a calendar year or the minimum annual royaltyProtected. Typically contains between 425,000 – 550,000 persons4-6 Weeks between classroom, videos, and on-the-job training5-7 days
CertaProGreater of 5% of monthly gross sales or the minimumProtected. Typically contains between 25,000 and 35,000 persons12 days / 6 daysNone provided
College Pro5% to 20% of weekly gross salesProtected. Not defined50 hours / 75 hours “and as necessary.”None provided
FRESH COAT6% monthly gross revenues or $300, whichever greaterProtected and contains up to 175,000 persons; defined by Postal ZIP codes40 hours / NoneNone provided
ProTect5% of weekly gross sales for franchisees in good standing; otherwise 7%Protected. Typically contains 25,000 targeted households26–37 hours / 35–52 hoursProvided, but the amount of time not specified
Five Star4% to 5% of monthly gross revenues or a minimum of $12,000 per year, whichever greaterProtected. Typically contains 125,000 households40.5 hours / 6 hoursThe 6 hours of on-the-job may be provided at HQ in NC or the franchisee’s territory
Handyman Matters6% of actual or minimum gross revenues semi-monthly, whichever greaterProtected. Typically at least 62,500 households35-50 hours / 30 hours35–38 hours

What Does the Secret Sauce Make?

  • Satisfied Customers—In 2014-20, a third-party review company Guild found that 94% of our customers would use us again and refer us to a friend on average.  We have been honored to be in Best Picks since 2014.
  • Consistency—When everyone is following the same process, problems disappear.
  • Improved Margins—Using the best products, plus the best process, plus having an educated and trained staff equals better margins and happier customers!


Owning and growing your own business has never been easier. Currently, we have franchises available in all of Virginia and Delaware and in most of Maryland. 10 of the top 20 wealthiest counties in the country are in these areas.

  • Step-by-Step Opening Guide—Part of our unique training is to assist and train you to have the phone ringing from day one. Our marketing and advertising strategies will get your phone ringing without busting your budget and let you grow at your own chosen speed.
  • Large Territories Granted—Our territories start at 420,000 and can go as high as 550,000. They are 2-3 times larger than those offered by other painting franchises.
  • Cloud-Based Customer Management System—Easy to use and complete online access from your phone or tablet.
  • High Close Rates—We know exactly how to turn proposals into jobs. We will provide and train you on how to give the customer confidence that your services will meet and exceed their expectations.
  • Not All Jobs Are Created Equal—We will show you how to maximize profits and avoid pitfalls. We’ll help you to market your business where the profit margins are the highest.

Ongoing Support

  • Outbound Calling Center
  • Bookkeeping and monthly reports
  • IT Support
  • Supply Order System
  • Ongoing Support and Training
  • Major National discounts at Sherwin Williams

Complete Systems for Your Business

  • Estimating System
  • Painting Estimate Software
  • Sales and Marketing Material
  • Social Media
  • Blog Site

Let’s Grow a Business Together!

Send us an email at dklappenberger@klappenbergerandson.com,  and let’s see if we are a good fit for each other.

For greater detail please see  Klappenberger & Son Franchise With Seven Other Painting Franchises.

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This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy a franchise. It is for information purposes only. An offer is made only by a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Klappenberger & Son franchises will not be sold to any resident of any state until the offering has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such state, and the required FDD (if any) has been delivered to the prospective franchisee before the sale in compliance with applicable law.

Currently, certain states regulate the offer and sale of franchises. In the U.S., states that regulate the offer and sale of franchises include California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you reside in one of these states, or even if you reside elsewhere, you may have certain rights under applicable franchise laws or regulations.

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