A large portion of our success comes down to our incredible network of skilled local builders who share Stroud’s values of genuine quality, real service, honest transparency and community spirit. We recently shared the experiences that our NSW and QLD franchisees have had since joining Stroud Homes. Below you can hear from our builders in Victoria and learn why they love being a part of the Stroud franchise family.
Adam: Started off as an apprentice carpenter when I was 15 years old.
Brendan: I’ve been in the industry for almost 20 years. I’m a carpenter by trade.
Simon: I’ve been in the industry for about 10 years doing estimating, contract admin and supervising.
David: Initially started building a couple of homes myself.
Adam: I did find myself working extremely hard for other builders and making them good money. I was building between 32 and 34 homes a year as a supervisor for volume builders. And so, I’ve always wanted to be a builder myself and run my own building company, but I just couldn’t do it alone, as you know, I couldn’t get plans drawn up, I don’t know how to run them big programs, and cost-wise as well.
Brendan: I chose a building franchise because it was gonna take a significant investment to lift my business to where I wanted it to be, and the backing of a franchise gave me the confidence to make that investment.
Adam: The night I spoke with James, he gave me a list of every single franchisee, I texted, I think, 10 of them, and 9 of them replied to me within 10 minutes, and that was after hours, probably 7:00 or 8:00 at night. So that, for me, the support was the biggest thing.
I’d been and shopped around and done my research with other companies, and there was nothing compared to, yeah, the support I got. And just information other guys were willing to share, pretty open and honest.
Simon: I was continually pleased with not only the backend support from head office but the way the software are all interlinked together and makes everyone’s life easier.
Brendan: I chose Stroud because I really align my ethics with their ethics and their mission and vision statement. I also believe that the Stroud guys have more skin in the game and more care for their franchisees.
Simon: One of the great things about being in a franchise is that, you know, they’ve got 30-odd offices now, so they’ve done it 30-odd times before us. So, to have that blueprint of, this is how you set your office up, this is how each staff member fits in.
To know that as you’re recruiting, you’re filling those roles, to then know once those roles are filled, to know that there’s an end game to it, is probably one of the biggest things going with a franchise. That, you know, you can have that two, three, four, five-year plan, to know that there’s a work-life balance, and it’s just around the corner.
David: I wanna get into a stage where I can have somebody managing the business, and I just go into the office a couple of times a week and just check on things, see that everything’s going okay and, you know, step right back from it, ultimately, you know. Obviously, there’s a few years off yet. But you never know, if I do it right, maybe it’s sooner than later.