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"Overall, I'm very pleased with the service, equipment, and price
offers. The system is easy to use and has provided us with a better" sense of safety. We did have an issue with the main panel battery needing replaced after 1 month, but
sent us a replacement quickly and have not had a problem sense. I would recommend this offer to any of the friend or family.

-Jeff T.

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misrepresented the product they sold us. This was caught immediately after installation. They will not return calls or do anything to rectify" this situation. We have a useless system that does not serve our needs. They continue to charge us but will not address the blatant
their representative told or the ineffectual quality of the their systemWe are an HVAC/Plumbing company that had had issues with break in on our parking lot and outside storage areas that we were hoping to curtail. In late November we had an
representative out to our business to review our options for security system. The representative,
, came out and reviewed our needs. We were offered a security system that would have top of the line quality cameras, including night vision. We told that this security system would include outdoor flood lights, a motion sensor that would sound an alarm if anyone stepped on the lot, and alerts that would come to us in the event that anyone broke onto the lot. We also purchsed an indoor pulse security system, which we purchased even though we have never had any issues with the interior of the building. The day after we signed the contract
notified us that the alarm actually wasn't something they could do for the outside units. We agreed with this concession as we had already signed the contract. They installed the system a week later. During the installation we discovered that no flood lights came with this system. 3 days after the installation, on 11/29, our lot was broken into in
daylight. It was discovered that there was in fact no motion sensor on the cameras and that they had no way of alerting us to this break in. The thief was standing 5 feet away from the camera. From the video photoage you would not make out his skin color or any details. The police stated the cameras were useless and inadmissible as any sort of evidence. We got in touch with our sales reps supervisor,
, at
. He wanted to make the situation right and stated that he would be handling this case personally. That was on December 1st. He said he would get back in touch with us the following day. He did not. After that we called him twice a day every day until December 10th when he finally answered. He offered to install a new security system for about $1500. We declined as we had already dropped $1600 into this system and to start from scratch and just pay that amount again is not right. The current system in place is of no use to us. We have spoken with several representatives since then but not one has called back after the initial phone call.
will not answer phone calls from our company,We are stuck paying for a system that does us no benefit and a company that will not look into the situation.

-Greg K.

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Securing your home is important, but how much does it cost install a security system?

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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 Kansas City

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I still have the same alarm company that I had before and it is
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. My experience with this company has been great. They are just very responsive, anytime we need anything. It is inexpensive compared to other groups. The only thing they don't have really is, that they didn't have when we started was Wi-Fi because I didn't want to have a land line, you have to have a land line, now that is good. It is a locally owned company, I try and do for the support local. That is a key factor for me that they are a local company, they are not across the entire the country, a small business unit. The customer service stands out the most, they are really good to work with. I would definitely recommend them. The only thing they don't really have, which I would really like to have is video installed where I can monitor on my iPad or something that you can buy outside but I would like to have a service that monitors that. It hasn't been my top priority to find for me because the crime rate has come down and that's been helpful. They are always punctual.
- Erin N.
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The whole thing went fine.
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Golden called me back and reviewed available options with me. His installer showed up on time and completed all the work in a timely manner. I've used this company before and will continue to use them in the future. They are very knowledgeable and responsive.
- Lisa S.
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did a great job!
When I moved in to my house it had an old security system that did not work.
I wanted to update my system but wanted to use as much of the old system as possible. I did not want new holes punched in the wall, new wiring strung thought out the house, etc. But most of all, I did not want my security system monitored by an outside organization because I did not want to get involved with a contract and its associated fees.
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was the only person who was willing to do the work I wanted without insisting I use his monitoring service. He was the only person willing to customize my security system instead of forcing me to accept a “one-size-fits-all” security solution.
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made sure all my security sensors worked or replaced them. He replaced all my fire alarms. Installed a new CO2 monitor, new motion detector lights, security panel, keypad panel…and the list goes on.
I was very happy with
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’s work, attention to detail, and the cost of the project.
I would definitely use
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again for any future home security needs.
- Daniel L.
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Pricing is very reasonable and they were able to use our existing service. The day of install went fine, but I agree with the other reviewer's comments about lack of responsiveness. It took a long time to get in touch with the salesperson and we really had to work to move the install along. I may or may not continue using them, but I would look hard at other companies as well... The good thing about this company is... no contract!
- Robert S.
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installation was quick and
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and everything was well labeled. Phone calls are answered quickly and the technicians are extremely helpful. We are very happy we switched to
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for our security needs.
- David P.
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was extremely helpful in assessing our needs and goals for a security system. he sent a tech within a few days who was able to complete the order in a timely and courteous manner. everything was installed and functioned as promised. we were very pleased and would certainly recommend
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to anyone on angie's list who is interested in a security system
- alice H.
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I couldn't be happier. At first the monthly price point for monitoring made me hesitant but after doing an ROI on the overall system it turns out to be cheaper than the main competitors.
The system is so
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to "install". Install is really not even the correct word. How about, plug in the base, set it on the counter (or mount it with 2
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screws to the wall), place all your sensors were they belong using the extremely strong adhesive strips already on them, test the system with a
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, short call to their initial setup service line and you are done.
I was done in 15 minutes from un-boxing to the final test call. I have 5 door sensors, 3 motion and 2 heat/fire/co sensors.
What's really amazing is how fast the system communicates via the cellular link up. I expected a 15 to 30 second delay at best. While on the phone with the agent while we tested each sensor, he could see that I opened a door in less than 10 seconds, usually 5 seconds at most. I have had a few false alarms when I forgot the motion sensors were on at night and they have called in less than 2 minutes every time.
I also really love the reminders I get on my phone when I travel outside my home "zone" (a one mile radius (can be set to a larger radius if need be)). My phone pops up a message saying I forgot to arm my system. All the reminders ("notifications") are customizable so you don't have to get them if you don't want.
Oh yeah, and the ability to assign separate codes to each member of the family or guest/temporary codes to service people is awesome. I can tell when my teenager gets home at night, etc.
Hope this helps!
- Brian H.
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The alarm service itself is fine, if not the cheapest available. My only complaints are with the contract terms and the company's business policies related to its contracts.
First, the company insists that you sign a five-year contract. In 2010, when I purchased my home, I offered to take over the remainder of the prior owner's contract so that I, as the current homeowner, would be the party obligated for the bill. One would think that this would be the preference of the company. When they sent me the contract, I had to argue with them at length that I had no intention of signing up for an additional five years but was only offering to take on liability for the remaining term of the prior owner's contract. They acted like I was an idiot for not wanting to lock in their rate for a longer period of time. Eventually I told them that I was sending them a contract for the remaining 2.5 years and that they could either keep it or throw it away and continue to bill my address under the prior owner's name.
Second, the company's service contract automatically renews for AN ENTIRE YEAR if you do not provide notice in advance of the termination date and the contract requires that notice be provided in the form of a signed letter. The company holds you to this contractual term if you miss the notice deadline, requiring payment of the entire additional year. So bascially, they make every effort to rope you in to a longer contract term than you would really desire. I find the termination provisions to be very unfriendly to the customer. If you do purchase service from this company I would suggest providing them the notice of termination immediately after having the service connected to avoid forgetting to provide the notice and losing the ability to decide whether to extend service after the initial contract term.
- david M.

Home Security Companies in Kansas City

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1st Security

8480 Baltimore National Pike

360 Degree Security

9515 NW 77th Terrace
Parkville

A & A Royal Auto Trim

647 W 39th St
Kansas City

AB Electrical, Inc.- Electrical and Construction

3336 Paseo Boulevard
Kansas City

Absolute Systems, LLC

16657 E 23RD ST Suite 346
Independence

Accuserv Inc

4811 Lamar Ave

ACTIVE TELECOM

13006 STEARNS ST

Adt

7206 W 119th St

Adt

7933 State Avenue, Ste 101

AGAPE SECURITY & SOUND

2512 SE Kimbrough Ct
Lees Summit

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALARM RESPONSE CTR

7636 TROOST AVE
Kansas City

ALARM SYSTEM

520 E 63RD ST
Kansas City

ALARM TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS INC

5823 N COLLEGE AVE
Kansas City

Alarmingitkc.com

115 Blue Jay Dr.
Suite 210

ALARMS BY BODY GUARD

1619 BRISTOL AVE
Kansas City

ALARMS BY SENTRY

1014 E 19TH ST
Kansas City

ALLIED FENCE & SECURITY-KS CO

13220 HOLMES RD
Kansas City

AMERICAN DIGITAL SECURITY

140 Westwoods Dr
Liberty

AMERICAN LENDERS SVC CO

1303 SWIFT AVE
Kansas City

AMERICAS COMPUTERS

14014 W 135TH ST

AUDIO INNOVATIONS CUSTOM HM

133 NE 91ST ST
Kansas City

AVIES

5703 Nieman Rd.

Barnhart Security Inc

1503 Main St.
Grandview

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

BROADWAY SQUARE SECURITY

1055 BROADWAY ST
Kansas City

Brogan's Painting

1540 E Spruce

CENTRAL STATION

5510 E 31ST ST
Kansas City

Christian Brothers Automotive

4200 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City

CINEMA AT HOME

14687 S. Constance St.

CLAYCO ELECTRIC CO

319 E 11TH AVE
Kansas City

Coppnet Communication LLC

1628 North Corrington
Kansas City

COUNTRYWIDE ASSET & AUTO RCVRY

2015 TELEVISION PL
Kansas City

CRIME BUSTERS SECURITY SYSTEMS

11505 MINOR DR
Kansas City

D H PACE SYSTEMS INTERGRATION

218 E 11TH AVE
Kansas City

Devcon Security

7195 Bond St

Digital MainStreams llc

11512 Hackett St
Independence

DOTec Engineering Corp

424 Jefferson St
Saint Charles

DRAGNET ENTERPRISES

2507 S. 42nd Street

Duranotic Doors

14901 W 117th St

Eagle Security Solutions

7315 Lafayette Ave

Executive Security

6920 Elm Ave
Raytown

FISHNET SECURITY SUPPORT

1710 WALNUT ST
Kansas City

Foundation 1

5616 Raytown Rd
Raytown

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

Garner Technologies

Grain Valley

Gatekeepers Alarm

PO Box 474
Pleasant Hill

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

H-O-T FIRE & SAFETY EQUIPMENT

2330 BURLINGTON ST
Kansas City

Heritage Exterior Design LLC

124 N Prairie Street
Liberty

Home Theater Store

302 E Parkway Dr

HomeFront Security LLC

6324 N Chatham Ave # 303
Kansas City

In The Shadows,llc Security and Investigations

9229 Ward Parkway ste 250
Kansas City

Infinity Protection

29960 W 191st Street

INTELLIHOME SYSTEMS

6817 STADIUM DR
Kansas City

IRONCRAFT ORNAMENTAL IRON

2201 INDIANA AVE
Kansas City

JADE ALARM CO

7636 TROOST AVE
Kansas City

JDMansur LLC

Raymore

Jia Restaurant

12248 State Line Rd

Jia Restaurant

12248 State Line Rd

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Longwire

15393 S Widmer St

MANOR SQUARE SECURITY

4050 PENNSYLVANIA AVE
Kansas City

MDM Consulting LLC.

208 W 19th St
Kansas City

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Moore Electric

Lees Summit

MVS SYSTEMS INC

6819 N OAK TRFY
Kansas City

MVS Systems Inc

6819 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City

NATURALLY WIRED

16100 FOSTER STREET

Phaze One Electric

807 E Northview

PHM Facility Services

9500 E 63rd St
Kansas City

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

Pro Technology Solutions

809 e lanesfield

PROGRESSIVE ELECTRONICS INC

6102 ARLINGTON AVE
Kansas City

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

RAMPART SECURITY

306 EAST ST
Kansas City

Ryan Electric

9639 Redbud Ln

SAFE & SOUND SECURITY SYSTEMS

5327 SPRING AVE
Kansas City

Safety Technology

2313 E 71st Terrace
Kansas City

SCHARIG ALARM SYSTEMS INC

17201 E 40 HWY
Independence

SecureNet Alarms Inc.

11635 W. 83rd Ter

SECURITAS SECURITY SVC USA INC

244 E US HIGHWAY 69
Kansas City

SECURITY CO

10020 NW 71ST TER
Kansas City

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

Smallwood Locksmiths

1008 N 18th St

Smith Monitoring™

10941 Parallel Parkway

Software Development Co

5105 Downey Ave
Independence

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Te-Tee Light Electrical Services

5305 Lewis Ave
Kansas City

Teague Electric

12425 W 92 St

The Wireman

8820 Kentucky Ave
Kansas City

Tint Zone

6301 Raytown Rd
Raytown

Tri-County Protection Services

PO Box 1024
Grandview

Twin City Security Kansas

6405 Metcalf Avenue, suite 315

USAA Bank

PO Box 33490

Westside Housing Organization

919 W. 24th St.
Kansas City

Wise Security Systems

PO Box 1024
Grandview

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