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"Do not buy this sytem! We purchased it for my mother inlaw because it touted the fact that it did not need internet service and was to use." We waited for 6 plus months for a piece of the equipement to make the product work (never arrived) while getting billed. My husband spent HOURS and HOURS on the phone with customer support. The first few calls promised the missing pieces ASAP. The last few calls were trying to stop the 'service' and get a refund. The 'service' was stopped but the refund was never given. All wanted to do was get a little piece of mind for my mother inlaw and all we ended up with was , more , failed service and just crap customer care. Please do NOT go with life shield.

-amanda P.

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"The owner of , the same person that did the original installation, the Sales man and the installation technician inspected the system and" discussed it among themselves. They then gave me a proposal that included the hardware and 8 hours of installation labor. That turned out to be a gross underestimate even though three knowledgable people including the original installer as well as the present installer, the sales man and the president of the company. i was charged an additional 9 hours of labor. Of course I had no choice as this time to accept the charges as the system was not functional. So, beware of labor estimates, once the work has started it needs to be finished in order to be fully functional and there is not much you can do about additional charges.

-Hendrik V.

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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 Harrisburg

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is by far the best alarm/home automation company I have ever used. Their web site, mobile apps, and equipment are all top notch. When we were recently in NYC, they informed us of a fire alarm. They dispatched the fire company and within minutes a fireman was on the phone with us to let us know everything was OK! The home automation ...More lets me keep the house looking lived in when we're gone as well as turning lights on for us when we disarm the panel. Installation was a snap since all the sensors are wireless. Not having a home phone line is also one of the best selling points with . All the alarm communications are cellular based. Even if I had a phone line, I would prefer since there's no a burglar can cut the phone lines! If you want an outstanding system and service, I would point you too without hesitation.
- Michael J.
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I ordered the Front Point System because it is one of the few systems that doesn't require a landline. The system was sent to me in a couple of days, and the instructions guided me through installation myself. Customer service was super friendly and helpful, overall a very positive experience.
- Justina I.

Home Security Companies in Harrisburg

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ADT Security Services, Inc

3040 Industry Dr
Lancaster

ADVERTO TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

258 KIRSTA LN
Dallastown

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALWINE SECURITY

PO Box 877
Brownstown

ASG Security

4221 W John Carpenter Fwy

AUTOMATED SECURITY

2236 BUTTONWOOD CIR
Harrisburg

Bahret Church Interiors, Inc.

135 North Fairview Ave
Harrisburg

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

CHC Security

1080 Hunterstown Hampton Rd
New Oxford

CL's Auto Service and Cycle Works

1101 Slate Hill RD
Camp Hill

Coke's Auto Repair

3535 N 6th St
Harrisburg

COMCAST CABLE

4601 SMITH ST
Harrisburg

CSI Secure Solutions

151 N Nob Hill Rd

D & L AUTO ACCESSORIES

606 Rohrerstown Rd
Lancaster

DNM Contracting, INC

7389 Paxton St
Harrisburg

Elite Power Systems Inc.

2474 N. George St.
York

Eshenaur & Son, Inc.

200 South 41st Street
Harrisburg

EXECUTIVE PROTECTIVE SECURITY

5235 N FRONT ST
Harrisburg

FIRE & RESCUE PRODUCTS DIV

4230 INDUSTRIAL RD
Harrisburg

FRITZ FIRE PROTECTION CO INC

681 KNIGHT RD
Harrisburg

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

GoldMax Security LLC

725 Walnut St
Lebanon

In-Vision Technology Services

852 Prospect St 2nd Floor
York

INTERNET SYSTEMS DEFENSE

2000 LINGLESTOWN RD
Harrisburg

Kevins Electrical Service LLC

275 N Middlesex Rd
Carlisle

KEYSTONE ALARM SVC

1211 HOFF RD
Hanover

KNIGHT SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

5879 AVIS LN
Harrisburg

Langenet Integration LLC

5000 SE Federal HWY #25

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

M Protective, LLC

300 East Market St.
York

Markle Security

52 Frederick St
Hanover

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Moyer's Lock & Security

1501 Pisgah State Rd
Shermans Dale

Neff's Safe Lock & Security Inc

2375 Eastern Blvd
York

NOISEGATE CAR AUDIO

140 PAXTON ST
Harrisburg

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

PREMIER FINANCE ADJUSTERS

7493 ALLENTOWN BLVD
Harrisburg

Reliant Systems

PO Box 581 Elizabethtown,
Elizabethtown

RICHARD A FLOYD ELECTRICAL SERVICES

104 Laurel Glen Ct.
Harrisburg

RUSSEL BLUST ELECTRICAL SVC

1257 THOMPSON ST
Harrisburg

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SmartWires

832 East Market Street
York

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Sure Choice Security

1248 W Main St Ste 13
Ephrata

SWEDISH MOTORS

7 N DECATUR ST
Marietta

USAA Bank

PO Box 33490

V R Machine Co Inc

257 N Duke St Ste A
York

WACKENHUT CORP

4813 JONESTOWN RD
Harrisburg

Wyvon Audio Installations

3485 N Susquehanna Trl
York

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