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The Top 10 Low-Cost Home Services Franchises Under $50,000

Franchise for less than the price of a new car.

By Victoria CampisiStaff Writer
SPONSORED 9:09AM 05/18/23

Home services have been riding a wave of explosive growth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In 2022, the market for these essential businesses rose to a new high of $657 billion

The booming industry is a great opportunity for franchisees of all backgrounds, and often requires a lower investment due to low overhead costs and a need for less employees. In some cases, startup costs can even start under $50,000. Here are some examples. 

JAN-PRO Cleaning & Disinfecting

Investment Range: $1,250–$50,000

Unit Count: 10,000+

This low-cost commercial cleaning franchise has a range of options designed to fit different financial needs and goals. JAN-PRO Franchise Development plans start as low as $1,250 and go up to $50,000. At a minimum, owners will need $1,250 for the down payment and $900 for JAN-PRO Franchise Development’s starter kit. 

National Property Inspections

Investment Range: $41,000–$49,000

Unit Count: 220+

Founded in 1987, National Property Inspections, Inc. (NPI) is one of the most established companies in the inspection industry. With the higher end of its investment range just under $50,000, NPI is an affordable opportunity for entrepreneurs. The brand also provides a 20% discount on its $34,900 franchise fee for eligible military veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders. 

Christmas Decor*

Investment Range: $9,000 + territory fee 

Unit Count: 300

Christmas Decor has become the leading holiday decorating brand in the U.S. and Canada. For over 20 years, the brand has perfected the craft of making properties beautiful for the holidays. And now, Christmas Decor has made it easier than ever to enjoy the profitable world of holiday decorating with its newest program, allowing franchisees to join its network for a low cost of $9,900, plus a territory fee. 

Home Cleaning Centers of America

Investment Range: $45,500–$55,500

Unit Count: 30

Home Cleaning Centers of America has been in business since 1984 and cleans 7,000-plus houses per month in 10 different states. The brand specializes in high-quality cleaning services and strives to establish long-term, dependable partnerships with clients.

You’ve Got Maids

Investment Range: $36,000–$108,000

Unit Count: 70

Founded in 2005 by Frank and Cynthia Berger, You've Got Maids offers cleaning services to both homes and businesses. The franchise brand provides thorough cleaning services that include move-in and move-out or by the hour cleaning. It also uses environmentally friendly practices during cleaning.

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning

Investment Range: $48,000–$78,000

Unit Count: 450+

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning is a low-cost brand that has trademarked itself as the World’s Greenest Carpet Cleaner®. The brand features an extensive support program, powerful marketing, a friendly Scheduling Center and a world-class cleaning system. 


Investment Range: $42,000–$136,000

Unit Count: 250+

ShelfGenie is a storage and shelving solution franchise offering customized shelving and cabinet designs for homes. The brand was founded in 2000, with franchise operations starting in 2008. Since then, it has grown to over 250 locations around the United States. 


Investment Range:$45,075–$82,475

Unit Count: 450+

RooterMan is a plumbing and drain cleaning franchise that was established in 1970 by CEO and entrepreneur Donald MacDonald in North Billerica, Massachusetts. The brand has grown to become one of the largest plumbing, sewer and drain cleaning companies in North America. In 1981, Rooter-Man began franchising and has since grown to a network of over 450 locations across the United States and Canada. 

Access Garage Doors

Investment Range: $50,000–$100,000

Unit Count: 6

Access Garage Doors is a unique and technical-focused franchise that sells, repairs, and installs garage doors and electric openers. A low-overhead franchise model offers entrepreneurs the chance to start their garage door business from a home office and scale as their business grows. 

Augusta Lawn Care Services

Investment Range: $13,000–$83,000

Unit Count: 90+

Augusta Lawn Care Services provides high-quality landscaping and lawn care for residential properties throughout the United States. The team of professionals offers services that range from lawn mowing to building retaining walls, and everything in between. 

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.