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Pool Scouts

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Pool Scouts

If you're a homeowner who's lucky enough to have a swimming pool, you have the luxury of taking a cool dip when the heat becomes oppressive. Unfortunately, you also have to clean the thing. Luckily, there's Pool Scouts, which offers residential swimming pool cleaning and maintenance.

The company is not even a year old, but its president, Michael Wagner, said that it has already sold its first two franchises, both in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also said that he sees ample opportunity for aspiring franchisees across the nation.

"There are over 800 potential Pool Scouts territories available around the United States," he said. "With a very fragmented market of over 56,000 pool service companies in America and no national brand leader, Pool Scouts is in a perfect position to raise the bar in the pool service industry."

Cost to buy: $7,500
Fees: 10 percent ongoing royalties

Source: Pool Scouts