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-ELLEN S.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.

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You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.

 

 

 

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

Home Security System reviews in Baltimore

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From my first contact, everyone at this company has been a pleasure to deal with. They each have listened carefully, responded honestly to my questions, and worked to give me the best deal and service that they could. They swapped out sensors to better fit my needs and when one of the packages was missing a piece, they immediately shipped it out. ...More I liked the system and my dealings with the company representatives so much that I bought another system for my work and referred several people.
- Thomas C.
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The self-install system works well. I was replacing parts from another alarm company, and some of the parts are bulkier, so I had to do a little carpentry work to make them fit. There was one time when it stopped communicating for an unknown reason. It had to be reset and then it worked fine since. It's easy to manage ...More with the online account and their support has always been helpful when I call. I'm very pleased with this purchase
- James P.
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**My experience with resulted in a break in to my home less than three months after installation.
After having a security system installed in February, my house was broken into on May 1. The intruder stole thousands of dollars of personal property. Despite giving the technician explicit instruction to install equipment ...More on all windows (3 of 3) on the lower level of my townhome in Baltimore City, the burglar entered through a lower level window that was NOT in fact monitored. It was my understanding that this particular window would be monitored. The system was armed at the time of the break in. This can be seen in the alarm systems records.
After several calls to ADT/ , I was able to have a technician come out to upgrade my system, which I was willing to pay for out of pocket. I requested upgrades on all windows, as well as two cameras. I waited at my home with the technician for 7 hours for installation; after 7 hours, the cameras were NOT functioning and NOT installed. The other upgrades were completed. However, later that evening I was unable to arm my system and was required to bypass a basement window by a technician by phone. The ADT pulse application on my iPhone was also not functioning; it is still, after almost a week after the break in, still not functioning. My roommate and I rely heavily on this app to arm and disarm the system.
After several phone calls to , and 5+ hours of being on the phone (most of which was spent on hold), I was able to get an appointment scheduled to have my system installation completed. However, this appointment is coming more than a full week after the break-in and I am expected to pay full price for these services.
I have NEVER experienced such a lack of responsibility or customer care. As a single woman living in Baltimore City during a time of turmoil and rioting, I have zero confidence in . My security and safety have been compromised due to , and they are unwilling to assist me in a timely fashion, despite my countless efforts and request for help. I would never recommend to anybody.
- Bob W.
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was very professional and knew exactly how to resolve my problem. He appears to be very skilled. He was also very friendly and professional. He represents Guardian very well.
- Tori S.
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The service did not go well. I purchased 2 systems for 2 different houses. I ended up moving from one and asked what I could do about the second system. They told me there was nothing I could do. The service plan is $45 a month and I am continuing to have to pay that even though I am not living in one of the homes. The staff ...More has been less than helpful but I have not had an issue reaching them when I need.
- Tegan B.
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There was some fine print that I did not see and thus I did not qualify for the deal. The gentleman I spoke to a FrointPoint was very nice, informative and helpful. I plan to use them once I do qualify. I have requested a refund from Angie's List.
- Arionna S.
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It was good and the service is great. I have been a customer with them for about 2 and a half years now. Their customer service reps, I would grade them a B. They got the system installed in less than 3 hours.
- Irvin D.
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They are fantastic. There have been a few issues with the system but they are always very responsive and come out right away to take care of it. They also always make sure to thoroughly explain what caused the issues and they did not charge us to fix the issues. I would highly recommend them.
- Tiffany C.

Home Security Companies in Baltimore

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1st class handyman

portship rd
Dundalk

1st Security

8480 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City

3rd Eye Surveillance, llc

PO Box 247
Linthicum Heights

8061.biz, LLC

4128 Hayward Ave.
Baltimore

911 Lock

13778 Lambertina Pl
Rockville

A B SECURITY SYSTEMS

4134 PARKSIDE DR
Baltimore

A R M SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

208 MAIN ST
Reisterstown

ABINGDON LOCKSMITH

2109 EMMORTON PARK RD
Edgewood

Accelerated Tint & Parts

6901 Security Blvd #257
Windsor Mill

Adt

6309 Sherwood Rd
Baltimore

ADT Baltimore

Baltimore

ADT Security

111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2396
Baltimore

ADT Security Services, Inc

5001 Howerton Way Ste A
Bowie

ADT Security Services, Inc

9075 Guilford Rd Ste H
Columbia

ADT Security Services, LLC

935 S Wolfe St
Baltimore

ADT Security Services, LLC.

112 West Street, 2nd floor
Annapolis

Advanced Security Safe and Lock

6318 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore

Ak Electronics

452A Shadyhill In
Millersville

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Alarm All & Security LLC

3505 Gwynnbrook Ave
Owings Mills

Alarm Company of Maryland

2909 Dillon st
Baltimore

Alarm Doctor Inc

PO Box 89
Boring

All-Power Plus Electric Inc

6067 Adcock Ln
Hanover

Alpha Omega Security

9 Huxley Circle
Abingdon

Alpha Security Cameras

537 48th St.
Baltimore

Applied Technology Resources LLC

13214 PATUXANT RD
Baltimore

Arbutus Communications

1315 Wildwood Beach Rd.
Essex

Arkay Electric

3801 Justin Rd
Monkton

ARM SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

208 MAIN ST
Reisterstown

ASG Security

535 Mayo RD
Edgewater

AVNET SECURITY SYSTEMS

2652 W PATAPSCO AVE
Baltimore

Bailey & Shipp Electric

2822 Solomons Island Rd
Edgewater

Baldino's Lock & Key

16514 S Westland Dr
Gaithersburg

BALTIMORE ALARM & SECURITY INC

5314 REISTERSTOWN RD
Baltimore

Bausum & Duckett Electric LLC

3481 Pike Ridge Rd
Edgewater

Blue Jay Electric Inc

6064 Augustine Ave
Elkridge

Bri-Bet Security Solutions

616 Waterside Ct
Middle River

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

BT Technical Services

1822 Elk Rd
Baltimore

Cable Connexions LLC

2201 Eastern Blvd.
Baltimore

Carlos Gomez

3612 Freeport Ct

Caton Radio

6328 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville

CEI

2200 W LAFAYETTE AVE
Baltimore

Certified Electrical Technologies

7879 Cessna Ave
Gaithersburg

Certified Electrical Technologies

7879 Cessna Ave
Columbia

CJ Graphicx

Columbia

Classic Pup

405 W Franklin St
Baltimore

COASTAL SECURITY INC

3545 CHESTNUT AVE
Baltimore

Comcast

826 William St
Baltimore

Constant Power, LLC

2203 Commissary Circle
Odenton

COVENANT SECURITY

2505 HALCYON AVE
Baltimore

Crest Lock Co Inc

10015 Pulaski Hwy
Middle River

Crimpco

4311 B Old Milford Mill Rd
Baltimore

CSI Secure Solutions

151 N Nob Hill Rd

CUSTOM ELECTRONIC SVC

11 Gwynn's Mill Ct
Owings Mills

Custom Runs Tech & A/V

5004 Honeygo Center Dr
Perry Hall

CUSTOM SECURITY & WIRING

22 MUSIC FAIR RD
Owings Mills

CYNERGY GROUP OF BALTIMORE INC

1101 E 33RD ST
Baltimore

Dantech, Inc

12149 Park Heights Ave
Owings Mills

Data Network Solutions, LLC

1009 Bay Ridge Ave #211
Annapolis

DATAPRISE INC

10 N CALVERT ST
Baltimore

Devcon Security

2109 Emmorton Park Rd
Ellicott City

DIAMAT Security

2016 Brunt Street
Baltimore

DUNBAR SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

7675 CANTON CENTER DR
Baltimore

Eagle Locksmith LLC

10101 Baltimore Ave
College Park

Earthquake house

817 north point rd

Easter's Lock & Security Systems Inc.

1713 E. Joppa Rd.
Baltimore

Elder Electric Co.

632 47TH ST
Baltimore

Electronic Security Solutions LLC

2607 Sarrington Cir
Windsor Mill

Elite Protection Services

5430 Lynx Ln
Columbia

FCP Security Inc

17 Enchanted Hills Rd Suite 203
Owings Mills

FEDERAL SECURITY SPECIALIST

6503 MC CLAIN BLVD
Baltimore

FEDERAL SECURITY SPECIALIST

5711 YORK RD
Baltimore

Fireline Corporation

4506 Hollins Ferry Rd.
Baltimor

Fishers Installs

White Marsh

FRONTLINE SECURITY CONSULTANTS

5922 MARLUTH AVE
Baltimore

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

Full Volume

43 Pebble Drive
Phumphrey

Go Safer Security

8347 Cherry Lane
Laurel

GRI ASSOC INC

1370 W NORTH AVE
Baltimore

GSmulti-services

12 National Dr
Essex

Guardian Advanced Protection Inc

4810 Harford Rd
Baltimore

GUARDIAN SECURITY SYSTEMS

330 E 25TH ST
Baltimore

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

Hawkins Electric Service Inc

8667 Cherry Ln
Laurel

Health Trends-Health & Assistive Technologies

2700 Quarry Lake Drive,
Baltimore

HENDERSON HOUSE SECURITY

101 E MOUNT ROYAL AVE
Baltimore

Homeland Lock And Safe Services

457 Wilson Ct
Friendship

HS Technology Group

1215 Greenwood Rd
Pikesville

Insane Car Audio, Inc.

1991 West St.
Annapolis

Integrated Media Systems

45921 Maries Rd.

JAC Communications Inc.

6908 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore

James A Wheat & Sons Inc

7834 Beechcraft Ave
Gaithersburg

James L Graves Construction

750 Route 3 South
Gambrills

John The Electrician

PO Box 9503
Baltimore

Keyed In LLC

4401A Connecticut Ave NW

Kolb Electric Inc

6774 Dorsey Rd
Elkridge

Laurel's Lock Shop

910 Montgomery St
Laurel

Lindner Security Solutions LLC

108 Wilson Ln
Church Hill

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

620 Davis St.

LJ Krystech Pro

16401 Governor Bridge Rd
Bowie

Locksmith Annapolis MD

Serving Area
Annapolis

LONDON TECHNOLOGIES LLC

1100 WICOMICO ST
Baltimore

LR Technologies LLC

3706 Crondall Ln
Owings Mills

LSA Security Inc

407 W Franklin St
Baltimore

Marex Security

8900 Citation Rd
Baltimore

MARSHALL ENTERPRISES SECURITY

2809 HALCYON AVE
Baltimore

Maryland Burglar Alarm Co., Inc.

629 Eastern Blvd.
Essex

MCS Security

100
Airport Drive

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Misha's Home Improvement Inc

1257 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold

Modern Comfort Systems

100 Airport Dr
Westminster

Monitronics International Inc

1990 Whittington Place

Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel & NE PG

8424 Veterans Hwy
Millersville

MyerConnex

7609 Airpark Rd
Gaithersburg

Petro Home Services

8900 Citation Rd
Essex

Phenom Protection

1290 Bay Dale Dr. #307
Arnold

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

Platinum Vehicles

2775 Wilkens Ave
Baltimore

PLETHORA

15 N BROADWAY
Baltimore

Poptronics Distributors Inc

1004 Russell St
Baltimore

Power Home Technologies - Baltimore, MD

2138 Priest Bridge Court
Crofton

Presto Electric

7917 Wise Ave
Dundalk

ProForce Security

6410 Windsor Mill Rd
Baltimore

Prompt Restoration Inc

6675 Business Pkwy.
Elkridge

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

PROTECTIVE INSTRUMENTS INC

3824 BEECH AVE
Baltimore

R & K COMMUNICATIONS

PO Box 29522
Baltimore

R.Z. Electric LLC

7 Easter Ct
Owings Mills

RED STAR SECURITY DETECTIVE

111 E 25TH ST
Baltimore

Remodel USA

605 Hampton Park Blvd
Capitol Heights

Rex Anderson, Voice Actor

3402 Hickory Ave
Baltimore

RLK SECURITY

227 Main St
Reisterstown

Robworks

71 Bimble Way
Baltimore

SAFEGUARD SECURITY SYSTEMS

7825 E BALTIMORE ST
Baltimore

Sarubin, Dr. Danny B

3110 Lord Baltimore Dr
Windsor Mill

Sat-Com-Technology

Reisterstown

SECURE CARE SYSTEMS

411 WESTGATE RD
Baltimore

Security Associates

113 Old Padonia Road
Cockeysville

Security Concepts, LLC

P.O.Box 507
White Marsh

SecurityX

423 Eastern Blvd
Essex

SIMON SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

3402 PARKINGTON AVE
Baltimore

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SkyCover

3700 S Susan St

Snapper Electric

2104 winstone ct, 2502 beverly dr
Darlington,Joppa

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Sound Matters

628 Camelot Dr
Bel Air

Statewide Alarms Inc

6616 Lewis Rd
Baldwin

STRAT SECURITY

7017 HARFORD RD
Parkville

Superior Power & Lighting Inc.

8351 Sail Circle
Pasadena

TAYLOR ROGERS ENTERPRISES

5523 SILVERBELL RD
Baltimore

TecHDemand, LLC

8303 Pulaski Hwy Suite B
Rosedale

TIM KYLE ELECTRICAL SERVICE

151 W Main St
Westminster

TintMax Specialty Films

6328 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville

TOTAL SECURITY SYSTEMS- HOME SECURITY

2300 YORK RD SUITE216
Lutherville

TriStar Electric

2979 Jessup Rd.
Jessup

Ultra Guard Security Systems

7600-A Lindbergh Drive
Gaithersburg

UNLIMITED SECURITY SYSTEMS

781 WASHINGTON BLVD
Baltimore

USAA Bank

PO Box 33490

VILLAGE LOCK & KEY

8970-C ROUTE 108
Columbia

Vintage Security

8220 A Stayton Dr
Jessup

Weisman Electric Co

42 Hudson St
Annapolis

William G Hyman Electrical Contractor

712 Notley Rd
Silver Spring

Wilson's Electrical Service's

5371 Rocks Rd
Pylesville

X-press Contracting.com LLC

PO Box 9044
Dundalk

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