With over 35 years’ experience in the home building industry, Mike Simmons is running a Miracle Method Surface Refinishing franchise that tackles arguably the most important rooms of the home – kitchens and bathrooms.
“I’m a second-generation builder. My dad was the old-type home builder where he taught me how to do everything. People would call my dad about building a house, and we would go and frame it, do the shingles, siding, trimmed it out,” said Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was raised in Indiana, and moved to Georgia and started out remodeling homes, then moved into building houses including a number of them in Cobb, Georgia.
Since 2012, together with his wife Kay, Mike has been the proud owner of a Miracle Method franchise in Northwest Atlanta.
Regarding searching for a business opportunity, Simmons said, “We were looking for something different, something you could grow a company in a downturn market,” adding that a former employee had introduced him to the company during the economic downturn around 2008.
Since the beginning, the Simmons’ Marietta-based franchise has done a number of jobs across the North Metro Atlanta area, spanning from Paulding to Gwinnett counties. Outside of residential work, much of their works has been has been for commercial properties, including hospitals, schools, universities and hotels.
The Simmons’ franchise employs 11 people and up to 16 during the busiest times of the year, generating over 1 million in revenues in 2015.
Mike and Kay were the recipients of the President’s Award for 2015, which is hand selected by Miracle Method President Chuck Pistor to recognize Exemplary Service and Commitment to the network.
Miracle Method of Northwest Atlanta is preparing to begin one of their biggest projects in their 4 year history – refurbishing an estimated 340 bathrooms and floors at a university campus, mostly dorm bathrooms but also other areas including a tiled foyer. They will begin the work during the school’s Spring break while the students are off campus. Any work that is not completed during Spring break will be finished during the summer.
Mike and Kay just celebrated 32 years of marriage. Working together presents its challenges, but they create a good balance with one another. Mike is a very driven entrepreneur and Kay is more focused on the numbers and she keeps them grounded.
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing is looking to add 15-20 new franchise locations throughout the US and Canada in 2016 to keep up with our record growth. For more information visit: miraclemethodfranchise.com or call John Tubiolo, VP of Franchise Sales and Development at 855-212-7337.
Vision is what drives a successful business, but true success comes when it’s combined with a proven product. That’s the story behind Miracle Method.
Since 1979, Miracle Method has provided a unique niche service with proprietary technology, and it’s helped us emerge as the leader in the refinishing industry. Now, with a strong network of 137 territories throughout the United States and Canada that generate more than $50 million in annual sales, we are looking to partner with 15 new franchisees in 2016—starting in Arizona.
With one location already in Tempe and another in West Phoenix, we are currently eyeing two open markets—Phoenix and Tucson.
With a population of 1.5 million and one million in Phoenix and Tucson respectively, John Tubiolo, Vice President of Franchise Development for Miracle Method believes these two cities have immense opportunity thanks to their sprawling, multicity metropolitan areas. In additional to thousands of residential properties, Phoenix also boasts high-end resorts due to its popular golfing community. Meanwhile, in Tucson, the University of Phoenix offers another lucrative business opportunity.
“The demand for refinishing is booming. We need more franchisees in territories like Phoenix and Tucson so we can better serve these markets and our national accounts. We think 2016 will be a big growth year for Miracle Method, and establishing a strong footprint in Arizona is a big step in continuing that momentum,” Tubiolo said.
Miracle Method’s customers include not only millions of homeowners, but also hotels, hospitals, property managers, colleges and universities, making the business very attractive to potential franchise owners. Our robust business plan gives franchisees access to corporate support and ongoing technical and administrative training opportunities. We are looking to attract owner-managers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, but can also scale the mobile business and focus more on development while trained technicians handle the resurfacing projects. Potential owners only need capital of, or access to, about $60,000 to $80,000 to get started, in addition to the $40,000 franchise fee. Franchisees start with two technicians and two vehicles, with the potential to grow to a multi-million dollar business.
“We are the leader in our industry and we strive to have the best systems in place for our franchisees so that they can experience success and growth in their business,” Tubiolo said. “I believe our greatest growth period is still ahead of us as more residential and commercial customers discover the benefits of refinishing.”
For more information, visit www.miraclemethod.com/franchise
Spring is the perfect time to catch up on all of those cleaning projects that only get done once or twice a year, like cleaning baseboards, blinds and ceiling fans. For a guide on deep cleaning your kitchen, you can refer to this previous post from January.
There are some areas of the home that obviously need cleaning, but what about the less obvious, like cleaning your household appliances? You spend a lot of money buying high-quality appliances and you want them to last, to perform at their full capacity, and also be energy efficient.
Guide to Cleaning Your Household Appliances
- Cleaning the Dishwasher
- Dip a damp cloth in some baking soda and clean smudges off of the door. Use a scouring pad to remove stubborn spots.
- Run a wash load using powdered lemonade mix or Tang (remove all dishes first!) to remove hard water stains and deodorize the interior. The acid in the powder helps the cleaning action.
- Cleaning the Microwave
- Use mild dishwashing liquid, baking soda, or glass cleaner to wipe down the inside of the microwave. Wash the glass tray in the dishwasher or in the sink in soapy water.
- Never use commercial oven cleaner inside the microwave oven.
- For really stubborn stains, place a glass measuring cup filled with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup vinegar inside the oven and boil for 3 minutes. The stains will come off much easier.
- To remove lingering odors, place a dish of vinegar inside the oven and let it sit overnight.
- Cleaning Range Hoods
- On a regular basis, wipe down the exterior and interior of the range hood with a damp cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, use a solution of hot water, dishwashing liquid and ammonia. Be sure to wear protective gloves.
- Remove the filter cover and wash it in hot, soapy water. Wipe the blades of the fan with the same solution listed above.
- Clean metal mesh filters and replace the filters on non-vented range hoods every 6-9 months or according to the manufacturer recommendations (refer to your owner’s manual.)
- Do not wash charcoal filters.
- Cleaning Ovens
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your oven. The self-cleaning cycle, while effective, also shortens the life of the unit due to the extremely high temperatures. Commercial cleaners are also dangerous when they come in contact with your skin or eyes. Be sure to wear protective eye wear and gloves when cleaning your oven.
- Cleaning Refrigerators
- Defrost the freezer section of your refrigerator when the frost gets to be about 1/2″ thick. Remove all of the food and place it in an ice chest to keep it cool. It’s good to do this when your supply gets low! It’s also a great time to toss any expired items or those with freezer burn- it happens to the best of us! Remove all shelves, racks and trays and wash them hot, soapy water. Dry thoroughly.
- Use a hair dryer to help melt the ice.
- Wipe down the entire interior with a mild spray cleaner. Dry thoroughly before returning the shelves, racks and food.
- Vacuum the dust behind the bottom grill every 6 months.
- Place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge to absorb odors. (Or try one of these– Arm & Hammer’s monthly replaceable filters!)
- To clean the outside, use a damp cloth dipped in baking soda. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
If you regularly keep up with these tasks, they won’t be too overwhelming and you can extend the life of your appliances!
FranchiseGrade.com grades franchise systems through their FPI (Franchise Performance Index™.) The FPI was designed to evaluate, rank and measure the performance of individual and franchise sector performance.
Franchisee investment risk analysis includes
- Investment Structure – initial franchise fees, working capital requirements, annual costs.
- Ongoing Fees – A benchmark of total royalties and reoccurring fees.
- Franchisee Rights – Quality of the territory, potential for continued growth and whether the territory is both protected and exclusive.
- Franchise Relations – Includes current and prior legal actions between a franchisor and franchisee.
- System Turnover – Includes franchisee terminations, franchisee ceased operations and franchisee transfers.
- System Growth – Growth of the franchisee network
- Item 19 Disclosure – Each grade is based on the ability of a franchisee candidate to analyze financial data based upon the financial information disclosed in Item 19.
FranchiseGrade collected data from 2,400 franchise systems to determine their Top 500 for 2016.
Miracle Method prides itself on not only providing superior refinishing to both residential and commercial customers, but on offering a proven franchise opportunity for motivated entrepreneurs. Third party surveys consistently show franchisee satisfaction is high among Miracle Method franchise owners. Franchisee satisfaction and overall performance is something we take very seriously. There is inherent risk in any business, but it’s valuable to be associated within the Top 10% of the healthiest brands on FranchiseGrade.com!
To learn more about owning a Miracle Method franchise, visit www.miraclemethod.com/franchise or call John Tubiolo, VP of Franchise Development at 855-212-7337.
Tiny houses are all the rage, but for some of us, the thought of less storage than we already have is very intimidating. Truth be told, we all have more “stuff” than we need, but it’s hard to part with things that are sentimental, or things that we don’t use often but are still useful, especially when it comes to entertaining. The challenge is, how do we maximize the space that we already have?
Top Tips for Organizing a Small Kitchen
- It may seem obvious (or maybe it’s not) – Do a major purge. It’s sometimes hard to let go of things, but if you’re holding onto something that you never use, donate it! If you haven’t used it for a year or longer, it’s time to let go.
- Get rid of any duplicates – how many spatulas, cheese graters, mixing bowls do you really need? Maybe you know a college student or a newlywed couple that is just starting out. Create a gift basket with your duplicates and give them a gift card to pick up something else they need. Your kitchen gets tidier and they get some tools they need without having to go out and invest in all new pieces.
- Stack plates and bowls with removable shelves. You can find inexpensive racks at the dollar store and maximize the space in your cabinets by stacking upward.
- Use Lazy Susans – easily access all of the items in the cabinet, rather than having to only utilize the space in the front of the cabinet that is within reach. A lazy Susan will allow you to store more and make use of all of the space in the cabinet.
- Use small bins to corral small, lose items like cookie cutters, chip clips, measuring cups and measuring spoons.
- Make use of vertical space with slide-out storage towers to store items in unused spaces like between your washer and dryer.
- Use office file organizers to store Tupperware lids and pots and pans vertically.
- Apply a rack to the wall for your spoons and spatulas to save drawer space.
- Use a hanging closet organizer on the pantry door to store snacks, rice packets, baking and sauce mixes to save shelf space.
- Install racks on the inside of cabinets to store spices, aluminum foil, olive oil, vinegar, etc.
Pinterest is also a great place to find storage and organization ideas. We’ve got boards on bathroom and kitchen organization, as well as decor, recipes, and home trends. Follow us! https://www.pinterest.com/miraclemethod/