BELFOR Franchise Group acquires Safer Home Services


October 28, 2022


Safer Homes Services founder Jim Swayne is flanked by BELFOR Franchise Group President Rusty Amarante, left, and CEO Sheldon Yellen, right. IMAGE: BELFOR FRANCHISE GROUP

Clearwater, Fla.-based Safer Home Services and Safer Home Services Franchise Systems have been acquired by BELFOR Franchise Group, a subsidiary of BELFOR Holdings, based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

BELFOR Franchise Group has more than 3,000 franchises across 11 different brands, and plans on making Safer Home Services a household name across America as its 12th brand.

With Pest Management Professional (PMP) Hall of Famer Chuck Steinmetz (Class of 2017) serving as chairman, Safer Home Services has experienced tremendous growth since its founding in 2014. It currently provides its signature Once-A-Year Pest Protection and innovative termite protection programs from three branches in Florida and a franchise in Atlanta, Ga. Safer Home Services will continue to operate with the present management team and team members, with Founder, President and CEO Jim Swayne serving as brand president.

“I couldn’t think of a better opportunity for our team members and our customers,“ Swayne said in a news release. “In addition, BELFOR and Safer Home Services will create many new opportunities for pest industry professionals to own and grow their businesses.”

“It is our primary goal to help protect the wellbeing of people’s families, first and foremost,” said Rusty Amarante, President of BELFOR Franchise Group. “By offering Safer Home Services’ expertise and unique services, we’re also able to help protect their homes, which are often the largest investment of their lives. We look forward to working with Jim and his team to change the way people look at pest control.”

Safer Home Services will continue to expand its franchise footprint, not only in the Southeast, but across the United States, bringing its scientifically proven treatments, state-of-the-art inspections and pest-free guarantee with them.

About BELFOR Franchise Group
BELFOR Franchise Group is the world’s largest residential and commercial services franchise group based on geographic footprint and number of units. The privately held, multi-concept franchise system is a division of BELFOR Property Restoration, the world’s largest disaster restoration company. Other franchise brands include: 1-800 WATER DAMAGE, Chem-Dry & Upholstery Cleaning, DUCTZ International, HOODZ International, N-Hance Wood Refinishing, Blue Kangaroo Packoutz, The Patch Boys, redbox+ Dumpsters, WINMAR, 1-800-BOARDUP, and Z PLUMBERZ.


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Heather Gooch

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