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No matter the economy there will always be floods, fires and storms. This consistent demand can be leveraged by the new startups in combination with emerging technology to build the next generation of providers that will be consolidating in 2030 and beyond. (Credit: riopatuca/Shutterstock) No matter the economy there will always be floods, fires and storms. This consistent demand can be leveraged by the new startups in combination with emerging technology to build the next generation of providers that will be consolidating in 2030 and beyond. (Credit: riopatuca/Shutterstock)

How long does it take to build a successful restoration business? If your measure of success is that someone else wants to buy your business and combine it with their own, the answer is about eight years.

The reason it takes this much time doesn’t have anything to do with EBIDTA or balance sheets, but rather the confluence of three important factors: First it takes time to build a successful organization worth buying from a technical standpoint, which can be done in as little as three years. Second, you need willing buyers that are capable of integrating your operation into theirs. Finally, you need a source of money to fund the sale.

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