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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 Companies in Hartford

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A 2 Z Tech Services

81 John Street

A S E Electric

8 Hearthstone Dr
Barkhamsted

A-1 SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

PO BOX 453
Southington

AAA Electrical Services inc.

PO Box 9496
New Haven

AB Electric & Security

318 Browns Rd
Storrs Mansfield

Able Alarm Services LLC

11 Volpi Rd
Bolton

Absolute Security Locksmiths

369 New Britain Rd
Kensington

Action Glass LLC

237 S Main St
East Windsor

Adt

388 Whalley Ave
New Haven

Adt

10 Jefferson St
Hartford

ADT Security

1 State Street, Space 22
Hartford

ADT Security

3580 Main Street, Suite 19
Hartford

ADT Security Services Inc

70 Shelton Technology Center
Shelton

ADT Security Services, Inc

10 RESEARCH PKWY
Wallingford

Advanced Alarms Security and Communications

528 Washington Ave.
North Haven

Advanced Protection

451 Ward Street Ext
Wallingford

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALARM CO

11 DALE ST
West Hartford

Alarm, Security & Communications

1204 Main Street # 272
Branford

ALARMS & PROTECTIVE DEVICES

151 NEW PARK AVE
Hartford

Associated Security Corp

16 Pitkin St
East Hartford

Attention To Detail

195 Dekoven Dr
Middletown

BENTLEY ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

40 COLDSPRING XING
Glastonbury

BLUE BACK SQUARE ALARM & ELEV

65 MEMORIAL RD
West Hartford

BPS

138 JEFFERSON ST
Hartford

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

Bristol Electrical Works

PO Box 1953
Bristol

Cescor

145 New London Turnpike
Glastonbury

CITY PLACE SECURITY

185 ASYLUM ST
Hartford

CLAPIS ASSOCIATES

54 SHADOW LN
West Hartford

Clapis Associates Inc

50 Grace St
Hartford

Command Corporation

59 RAINBOW RD
East Granby

Connect Tech Inc.

Southington

CONSOLIDATED SECURITY

105 LANDERS RD
East Hartford

CPE Electric LLC

259 Wolcott Road
Wolcott

Crescenzo Electric

P.O. Box 231
Cromwell

CS auto repair

120 Mason Ave
Waterbury

CSI Secure Solutions

151 N Nob Hill Rd

Ct Design Electric

P.O. box 912
Manchester

CT HOME AUTOMATION LLC

CAROL DR
Cheshire

CT Lock Service

Waterbury

Cyclone Home Systems

124 White Oak Dr
Berlin

D & H Mechanical Service LLC

33 Carpenter St.
Hartford

Direct Electrical Services LLC

P.O. Box 119
Windsor

Diversified Electrical Contracting Inc.

P.O. Box 221
Falls Village

Do it electric

76 Stuyvesant av

ElecCom LLC

6 Bay Path Dr.
East Hartford

Electrical Connection Inc

36 Holland Dr
Newington

Elevate Companies

PO Box 331272
West Hartford

ESystems Contractors LLC

24 North Pease Rd
New Haven

Failsafe Security, LLC

14 Hillside Dr.
Ellington

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

GARMEN INC

187 S MAIN ST
West Hartford

HOME SECURITY SOLUTIONS LLC

18 Wisteria Ln.
Suffield

house miracles

120 Mason Ave
Waterbury

Infinity Electric LLC

2934 Country Club Blvd

JC Electronic Technologies, LLC

76 Highland Avenue
Ansonia

JO-RYU SECURITY & BODYGUARD

555 FRANKLIN AVE
Hartford

JTN Electrical Inc

1213 North St
Suffield

L-Train Electric

130 Marlborough St
Portland

L.E.D. Electric LLC

East Hartford
East Hartford

Lighthouse Security LLC

55 Arlene Street
Torrington

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Lock and Tech USA

41 Crossroads Plz
West Hartford

Mad Hatter Auto Repair

14 Cranbrook Blvd.
Enfield

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

MEINEKE CAR CARE CENTER

658 BERLIN TPKE
Berlin

Michelson Electrical Contractors, Inc

PO Box 06137-0253
West Hartford

Mobile Installations

534 Broad St
Bristol

NATIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICE

11 DALE ST
West Hartford

Neil's TV/Video

245 MORAN ST
Waterbury

New England DJ & Audio Supply

589 New Park Ave
West Hartford

NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY INST

25 MAIN ST
Hartford

ORBITECH SATELLITE SERVICES LLC

282 EAST STREET,(RT10)
Plainville

Patrick

Hartford

Patriot Wiring

56 windsorville rd
Broad Brook

Peace Of Mind Security

40 Navarro rd
East Haven

PHIL'S LOCKSHOP INC

186 Hall Ave
Meriden

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

Power All Electric & Security LLC

12 Mount Vernon Avenue
Waterbury

Qimira Corporation LLC.

7 Stacey LN
Enfield

Safeguard Security & Surveillance

1 Corporate Drive
Windsor Locks

SAFENEST SECURITY SYSTEMS

3440 MAIN ST
Hartford

SCOTTS LOCKS

PO Box 796
Windsor Locks

SECURITY INSTALLATIONS & SVC

16 PITKIN ST
East Hartford

Security Plus

46 Greenmount Terrace
Waterbury

SECURITY SYSTEMS SPEC INC

1140A Tolland St
East Hartford

SENTEK SECURITY ENGINEERING

700 BURNSIDE AVE
East Hartford

Sierra Electric LLC

715 Stafford Rd
Somers

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SkyCover

3700 S Susan St

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road
Marlborough

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

SoundWorks and Security

1425 East Main Street
Torrington

SOUTHERN ELECTRIC INC

24 MEADOW ST
Hartford

Standard Security Systems

20 East Ave.
Bridgeport

THESE GUYS

32 WASHINGTON ST
Middletown

Tine Dale Electrical Contractors

239 Westerly Ter
Rocky Hill

TRC Electric

South Windsor

Tri Star Security Inc

39 New Haven Rd Ste 8
Seymour

Tru Auto Sound

1473 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin

Valerie Spencer Interiors LLC

146 Brewster Rd
West Hartford

Veteran's Electrical Services

504 Beecher Road
Wolcott

Vitel Wireless

Waterbury

Voltz Electric LLC

6 Overlook Dr
Wallingford

WACKENHUT CORP

1010 WETHERSFIELD AVE
Hartford

Warren L Jones Security

930 Garden St
Hartford

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