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"Received a quote and the process was explained by . Scheduled work several weeks later due to my schedule. Brought the SUV in and was greeted" by first name. WOW! Work was completed that day per the quote. Very pleased and would highly recommend 's

-Mark S.

" was very nice and honest. He explained to me why the dash corners curled up. He also explained to me that to get the best results we should" wait until there is a really hot sunny day that we can park the car at his shop. That will make the dash more pliable. I will use 's shop for all my upholstery needs.

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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

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.

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.

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.


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.




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!

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The price was less than the estimate, which is very unusual. They were on time and they always checked in with me while they were working on the seat. They told me to come back if I need any additional adjustment on the seat. They are very nice and professional.

Very good experience. (the owner) gave me very clear options ... we could either replace with leather or vinyl. He reviewed the pro's and con's associated with each option without giving me a "hard sell". It was clear to me that his price was fair, regardless of what I decided. He is personable,, straight-forward, ...More and is just an all-around great guy. For women who are used to be taken advantage of, this is the guy you want to work with!

I talked with the day before and explained the problem. He quoted a price over the phone, as well as told me where he would be the next day. I dropped the car off for about an hour and a half, and it was ready when I came back. He had to take the seat out and open it up to get to the seam. He said that while he was in there ...More he re-stitched the untorn seam on the other side just to be sure it would not open up.

The repair was done very quickly and completed when promised (the weather report called for rain very soon). We only had to wait one day for the part to be ordered. The work was done very professionally. We had a small problem with the roof liner inside the car. It was slightly off center. When we returned to have this looked at, the problem was corrected ...More on the spot. We were very happy with a repair that was done correctly and on time. They even gave us some pointers on keeping the convertible top drainage system working properly, so we won't have problems with rust.

For some reason, the leather on my driver's seat began to delaminate from the backing. ordered the new leather, which was covered under warranty. I only had to pay a small amount for recovering. They did a great job and turned it around in one day after the leather came in.

Removed and replaced PWC seat upholstering with materials I supplied. Did a special rush repair to have my seat ready for a previously scheduled vacation. Came through and saved the vacation.

I had my 1997 Jeep Wrangler stored for the winter and a mouse nested in the glove compartment. There was a terrible odor which I could not remove using bleech, fabreeze and other odor removers. I took the car to Rockstar and they detailed the vehicle and used some type of fog to remove the odor. The job was completed sooner than scheduled and both ...More the detail job and odor removea exceeded my expectations. Rockstar is a great place to do business.
- douglas D.

After finding on Angie's List, I took my Aspen in to receive an estimate, and see what could be done to repair a crack/split in the drivers seat cushion. Owner , recognized the problem immediately, and was aware that this was becoming a problem on Chrysler products, due to their use of a problem vinyl ...More imported from Viet . He explained that they would need to remove the seat, and then cut along the seam that attached the vinyl section to the center leather section...reform the underlying foam padding and replace the damaged section of vinyl with a matching higher quality product. He showed me samples of the new vinyl, which we put side by side with an existing piece, so that I was comfortable with the match. He then provided me with an estimate, which to my pleasure, was only $142 for labor and materials. I was told that if I would bring the car in by 8:00am, he would call me around 1:00-1:30 on the same day to let me know that it was ready. I made an appointment for a couple of days later, and that is exactly what happened with him calling me at 1:00. They did an excellent job , and I would challenge anyone to be able to tell that it had ever been worked on. has been in business for 20+ years, and had actually begun working on car interiors when he was a teenager, working for his father who owned a company that many older readers may remember around Indianapolis called Seat Cover 's.
This was just an outstanding experience from beginning to end, and I would recommend , and his company, very highly for any type of auto or boat interior work.

Boat And Auto Upholsterers in Indianapolis

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All N 1 Detail & Reconditioning LLC

494 US Highway 31 N

Asylum Autowerks

527 E. Sumner

Cabin Fever



9193 E US highway 36

Convertible Top Specialties

5922 Milhouse Court

dentons auto repair

735 n mitthoeffer rd

Diane's Re-upholstery

422 N devon Ave


5397 Rockville Rd


6700 S COUNTY RD 560 E

Fibrenew Indianapolis Metro North

Warbler Way

Gibbs Auto Interiors

23699 US Highway 31

Hughey Hartman Upholstery

437 Gradle Dr

Indy Sound & Performance

6457 E 82nd St


3120 South Keystone Avenue

Jackson Marine Service, Inc.

14546 Treytom Creek Lane
Moores Hill


1222 S Mitchner Ave

Kent Auto Upholstery Inc

5342 Elmwood Ave

Kent's Automotive Service Team

11121 State Rd 32 E

LeBeau Auto Dynamics

5836 W. US Highway 40

Miller's Auto Detailing, LLC

9627 Meghan Lee Drive

Penske Honda

PO Box 40319


1426 W 29TH ST

Rockstars Auto Reconditioning

9800 Hague Rd


7183 W US 40



Stanley Steemer

1261 Tanney Hill



T & K Upholstery Inc.

P.O Box 34692

ultimate touch automotive

11119 E. Washington St.

Vitian's Re-Upholstery LLC

4715 N Shadeland Ave

VTR Inc Leather & Vinyl Specialists

PO Box 501585

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