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"I had intended to do the job myself, but my sewing machine wouldn't handle the heavy fabric, so
took my foam and fabric and pieced it" all together so I could give it to my daughter as a gift. He did a fabulous job.

-BARBARA H.

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did a wonderful job bring new life into my great grandfather's gliding chair. I had the chair redone as a gift to my sister.
" and I had a little miss understanding about the time frame that I needed that chair done in. The project look a lot longer then he had told me it would. The chair turned out amazing and I am happy with the over all work.

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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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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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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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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!

Upholstering reviews in Indianapolis

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I was having an antique chair repaired and refinished by another small business, and they referred the project to
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's Upholstery & Antiques to complete the upholstery portion of the project. When I contacted
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, the owner, he was very courteous and we set an appointment to come to his shop to select a piece of leather for the project. Unfortunately, he did not have on hand the exact color I was wanting, so he directed me to a leather shop downtown where I was able to make a purchase of exactly what I wanted. I returned to the shop that same day, and within a couple of days the chair was finished. I was extremely pleased with his work and would definitely recommend this business!
- Pamela S.
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His work was outstanding. He really takes his time and he is very, very creative and artistic with his work. The icing on the cake was that it cost less than he had estimated. He is extremely honest and timely in getting items back to the owners.
- LINN L.
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We bought our own fabric over at Callico so the price above is just for the work. We had a 18 yr old
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sofa that we loved but the linen fabric had worn badly over time. The chair and a half was still structurally sound but the cushions had softened quite a bit and we were tired of the fabric. Frost basically tore both pieces down to the hw, and rebuiilt from the ground up, replacing springs, adding stuffing and reupholstered both pieces. Both pieces turned out nice enough. A few couple issues we could complain about. They understuffed the arms of the chair and a half and you can feel the wood support on the ends of the arms. Thats probably our biggest gripe. Also, the work on the ottoman was just ok. It looks uneven, with it looking like they didnt quite have enough fabric and it got pulled so tight in places it pulled the
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seems up in spots. Its not horrible but it is pretty noticeable. To be honest, not sure what to expect for this type of work as we've never had a piece re-done. Frost has one of the best reputationsin the area, and was recommended by the people at EA. Overall we're reasonably happy, the sofa looks terrific. our main complaint was with the stuffing in the chair arms and the ottoman. Not deal breakers but far from perfect. If it was just the sofa, i'd give them an A overall, but the chair is just ok.
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was easy to work with and helpful though his fabric selections were limited, the guys picking up and delivering were awesome. The staff we spoke to were courteous and receptive. Would we use Frost again. Probably. Though i think i'd at least interview another company and go see some of their work at their place of business. Because what i don't know, is if this is the best work you can generally expect, and quality goes down hill from this point, or if Frost just had a bad day with our chair. I'd say my B grade overall is abundantly fair. a very solid A for the sofa. looks showroom new. the chair i'd say is about a C+. One other thing, we had them create 3 pillows for us from forms and fabric we provided. they have these white streaks on them that we aren't sure if its some sort of thing they used to
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the fabric and we can spot clean them off, or if in the process of making them, something scraped the fabric leaving the white patches. one of them is about an inch wide and 6 inches long, another is just an L shaped
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right in the middle of one of the pillows.
- todd S.
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brought samples to my home after discussing possible colors and fabrics over the phone. He listened to my ideas and offered suggestions. After ordering the fabric, he picked up my ugly worn furniture and returned two beautifully done pieces! I could not have been more pleased!
- MARCIA S.
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repaired a a sun damged torn cushion from a large couch saving me from purchasing an entirely new piece of furniture. He was very creative in his use of the small amount of fabric available as the pattern had been discontinued and was no longer available. He did the work in just a couple of days and the cushion looks brand new. We are very pleased with the result and will definitely use him again.
- BEN K.
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old couch, fabric and cushions were in bad shape.
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came to the house and brought books of fabric swatches. very friendly and pleasant. had some good ideas about fabric and decorative options. she quoted 4-6 weeks for completion and the couch was ready at 6 weeks. was prompt in providing follow-up information and in responding to email inquiry. we will definitely contact her again for future projects.
- CINDY H.
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He did a nice job. It was very reasonable. He had it done when he said he would. He was very professional. The establishment was clean. We can tell what the fabric is that we want to use. I hadn’t had any upholstery done for many years; my dad was an upholster. So I can't tell pricewise whether that was high or low. I felt like it was worth it. It was worth the price that he quoted me. With regard to quality, it wasn’t quite the way I had expected it to be, but then again it was someone else doing it. He was very responsive about it. With regard to punctuality, there was a little mix-up. He thought that he had called me to come pick it up. If he did, I didn’t get the call. But I didn’t have it on my cellphone either. I just happened to call him to ask how it was coming along. He said that they had got it done and that they were waiting for me to come pick it up. It was just a little mix-up there. I would definitely hire them again in the future.
- Sharon & Hans J G.
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I love my new chairs and fixed recliner. I greatly appreciated that they came to my house to give free estimates and brought sample books for me to choose from. They picked up and delivered my furniture as party of their service. I told them what type of fabric I needed, so they brought only samples that matched.
- Ginny E.

All Upholsterers in Indianapolis, IN

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A & J UPHOLSTERY

6906 N LONDON RD
Fairland

A Stitch in Time Design

9249 Colgate St
Indianapolis

A STITCH IN TYME UPHOLSTERING

1725 JOHN SHAW RD
Lebanon

A TOUCH OF COLOR

10310 E 79TH ST
Indianapolis

Abda Inc Custom Window Fashions

1159 Country Club Rd
Indianapolis

ADVANCED BILLIARD SERVICES

noblesville
Noblesville

ANNIE LAURIE INTERIORS

6516 FERGUSON ST
Indianapolis

ANNIE LAURIE INTERIORS

4579 N ILLINOIS ST
Indianapolis

Antiquity Furniture Restoration

2060 E 54th St
Indianapolis

ART'S TRIM SHOP

29 W VINYARD ST
Anderson

ARTCRAFT UPHOLSTERING CO

710 E 52ND ST
Indianapolis

AUTOZONE

7455 N MICHIGAN RD
Indianapolis

BARGAIN UPHOLSTERY

1760 S 575 W
Morgantown

BAYLES FABRIC & UPHOLSTERY

10140 S US HIGHWAY 31
Elizabethtown

BURROUGHS UPHOLSTERY & ANTIQUES

3674 Watson Rd
Indianapolis

Cabin Fever

Indianapolis

CALICO CORNERS

5128 E 82ND ST
Indianapolis

Carmel Custom Refinishing

4275 W 96th St
Indianapolis

Carmel Tailoring & Alterations

730 S Rangeline Rd
Carmel

CAROLINA FABRICS

3071 N MORTON
Franklin

ChemDry By Kevin Jones

1601 Country Club Rd
Indianapolis

Construction Services of Indianapolis

6212 Northern Ln
Indianapolis

COUNTRY UPHOLSTERY

37 E US HIGHWAY 52
Fountaintown

CUSTOM INTERIORS

848 Fairview Dr
Columbus

Custom Slipcovers

5350 Highmeadow Ln

CUT & SEW UPHOLSTERY

6108 E 1000 N
Wilkinson

D & D UPHOLSTERING

406 S FENTON AVE
Indianapolis

D J UPHOLSTERY

841 BIRCH AVE
Indianapolis

Decorating Den Interiors

5146 Woodfield Dr
Carmel

Decorating Den Interiors

433 Hemlock Ct
Noblesville

Decorating Den Interiors

725 E Main St
Westfield

Decorating Den Interiors

4487 Kingussie Ct
Indianapolis

DESIGN WORKS

208 GRADLE DR
Carmel

Diane's Re-upholstery

422 N devon Ave
Indianapolis

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Dirt Robber Carpet Cleaning LLC

10690 Brighton Knoll Parkway N
Noblesville

DISHMAN'S UPHOLSTERY

1230 N Gale St
Indianapolis

Dominics

550 W. Carmel Dr
Carmel

DOMINICS SLIP COVERS & UPHOLSTERY

1102 CHERRY ST.
Noblesville

Fabric Shoppe Inc.

4629 Lima Rd.
Fort Wayne

Finismith

6305 English Ave
Indianapolis

FORRESTER'S UPHOLSTERY

601 ALEXANDRIA PIKE
Anderson

Frost Upholstery

4024 E Michigan Street
Indianapolis

Furniture Fix

604 E Main St
Brownsburg

Gibbs Auto Interiors

23699 US Highway 31
Arcadia

GRANDPA'S OLD TIME UPHOLSTERY

4366 N BANTA RD
Bargersville

GRANT FURNITURE CO INC

4026 CROOKED CREEK OVERLOOK ST
Indianapolis

Griffon Decorative Fabrics

598 W Carmel Rd
Carmel

GRUEL'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

129 S PERU ST
Cicero

HENDLEY UPHOLSTERING

1334 W 300 S
Franklin

HUGHES UPHOLSTERY

1095 E US HIGHWAY 136
Pittsboro

Hughey Hartman Upholstery

437 Gradle Dr
Carmel

HUNTER DOUGLAS GALLERY

2450 E 116TH ST
Carmel

IMPERIAL ANTIQUE & WOODWORK RESTORATION

1112 North Whittier place
Indianapolis

Indy Sound & Performance

6457 E 82nd St
Indianapolis

Integrity Design & Remodeling

5404 Chico Grey Dr
Indianapolis

Interior Enhancements Design Services

5819 W Glenview Dr
Mc Cordsville

J B UPHOLSTERY

7770 W 950 N
Fairland

JL Smith Interiors

887 S Woodscrest Dr
Bloomington

Kasnak Restorations

5505 N Co Rd 1000 E
Brownsburg

KELLEY'S AUTO INTERIORS

708 GLENDALE DR
Columbus

Kent Auto Upholstery Inc

5342 Elmwood Ave
Indianapolis

KNAPP'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

6502 S 100 E
Markleville

L JOHNSON UPHOLSTERY

4101 E 30TH ST
Indianapolis

LEE'S CUSTOM COVERS

11076 W 500 S
New Ross

Link's Final Touch

PO Box 501315
Indianapolis

LUXE HOME INTERIORS

14179 CLAY TERRACE BLVD
Carmel

M & J JANITORIAL LLC

3521 PARK LODGE
Indianapolis

MARGES UPHOLSTRY

588 E 1350 N
Wheatfield

MARINEZ CUSTOM UPHOSLTERY

3744 KENTUCKY AVE
Indianapolis

MATERIAL THINGS FABRIC STORE

239 W MAIN ST
Greenwood

MERIN INTERIORS

1145 WOODMERE DR
Indianapolis

Midge's Mobile Auto Cosmetics, LLC

2733 E. Tracy Court
Columbus

MILL END DRAPERIES

4720 N KEYSTONE AVE
Indianapolis

Morellis Cleaners

9654 Allisonville Rd
Indianapolis

MOUSA'S UPHOLSTERY

2415 W 29th St
Anderson

Nanny's Creations

Moores Hill

NEW LOOK

411 N PARK AVE
Alexandria

NOEL'S UPHOLSTERING SHOP

128 E WASHINGTON ST
Shelbyville

On-Site Woodwright, LLC

912 E Epler Ave
Indianapolis

PAM'S UPHOLSTERY

4323 W BRIARWOOD RD
Monrovia

PARKER'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

1525 W 1850 N
Summitville

PAUL A HOWARD INC

1302 N CAPITOL AVE
Indianapolis

Perfect Seating LLC

10730 Bennet Parkway #A
Zionsville

Professional Carpet Systems Inc

650 E Main St
Whiteland

Quality Furniture Restoration

950 Gilbert Ave
Indianapolis

RADER'S FABRICS

56 N WASHINGTON ST
Danville

REID'S UPHOLSTERY

1426 W 29TH ST
Indianapolis

RHYNE UPHOLSTERY TOO

3560 S MADISON AVE
Indianapolis

ROBIN'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

134 SHELTON DR
Avon

RUTH'S FABRICS & UPHOLSTERY

3504 MAIN ST
Anderson

S & S Rugs & Leather Inc

20935 State Rd 19
Cicero

Sani-Bright

4349 W 96th St
Indianapolis

SCOTT WORLEY UPHOLSTERY

5137 NORWALDO AVE
Indianapolis

SECOND CHANCE

600 TRACY RD
Whiteland

SHAMBLE'S FURNITURE RESTORATION INC

7183 W US 40
Indianapolis

SMITTY'S INDY MARINE

4979 MASSACHUSETTS AVE
Indianapolis

Star's Upholstery

1615 N. Irvington Av.
Indianapolis

T & H UPHOLSTERY

1820 E 46TH ST
Indianapolis

TED DEANE UPHOLSTERING

9 N 18TH ST
Beech Grove

THURSTON'S SEAT COVERS

125 N 6TH ST
New Castle

ultimate touch automotive

11119 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis

Upholstery By Deron

996 St Charles Pl
Greenwood

Upholstery Doctor

1105 E. 52nd St.
Indianaplis

UPHOLSTERY SHOP

2450 E 116TH ST
Carmel

Village Stripper Smith

9792 N 200 W
Fountaintown

Vitian's Re-Upholstery LLC

3046 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis

WAVELAND UPHOLSTERERS

108 S CROSS ST
Waveland

WILSON'S UPHOLSTERY

222 S 16TH ST
Elwood

WINDOWS & INTERIORS BY CHERYL

6514 tropic ct
Indianapolis

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