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Why Winter Is the Best Time to Buy a Pool Scouts Franchise

Strategizing is critical for franchise success, and franchisees who prepare during the off-season generally yield the highest return on investment.

By Derek Stephens1851 Franchise Contributor
SPONSORED 3:15PM 12/12/22

When it comes to planning for business ownership success in 2023, there is no time like the present. Pool Scouts, the pool cleaning and maintenance franchise with more than 110 territories nationwide, is currently seeking qualified candidates to join and guide the brand in new territories across the country. By completing training processes during the winter months and ensuring staff is hired and ready for work ramping up into the busy spring season, franchisees are preparing for a high return on investment in 2023.

“Our busiest times of year tend to be the early spring and late fall months when our customers might not know the proper steps to take to open and close their pool, but they want to ensure their investment is taken care of to avoid costly repairs,” said Pool Scouts President Michael Wagner. “The most successful franchise operators are those that position themselves well in winter months.” 

Franchisees who join the brand during the off-season have the option to produce income from other business opportunities during the downtime while preparing the business to hit the ground running in early spring. Owners can also start offering saltwater conversions, pool cover replacements, tile scrubbing and equipment checks to build customer relationships and give employees valuable experience before the busy season.

“Strategizing is critical, especially for those in multi-season geographical areas,” said Wagner. “Decisions and final actions taken now can make all the difference moving into the new year.”

In regions with mild winters, families are seeking services to maintain their pools year-round. This means that franchise owners in markets with warmer climates, like Arizona, Texas and Florida, may skip the off-season altogether. 

Regardless of location, all Pool Scouts franchise owners benefit from tremendous support from the franchisor to optimize the performance of their businesses. Russell Gesher, Pool Scouts’ director of operations, oversees the dual segments of the company’s operations team, comprised of the franchise business and technical coaching staff. The brand’s business coaches work closely with franchisees in the logistical nuances of running a company, while the technical coaches provide office support, field assistance and general problem-solving.

“The support at Pool Scouts is phenomenal. The ratio of support staff to franchisees is the best I've seen in my 20 years in franchising,” said Gesher. “Michael [Wagner] has helped put together a very strong support team that will grow as our franchise network grows. The company ensures its franchisees are supported through every step of the process.”

With over 10 million pools in the U.S., demand for pool maintenance is high and is only growing. Understanding the risks and hassles of DIY pool maintenance, families are turning to Pool Scouts’ trusted services more than ever.

Moving forward, the brand aims to spread its footprint across the country and grow to more than 150 awarded territories in 2023. 

The start-up costs for a Pool Scouts franchise range from $70,950 to $88,350. To learn more about franchising with Pool Scouts, visit


Virginia Beach, VA-based Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. With over 110 territories across 18 states, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low-cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit


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