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"Well, I went ahead and purchased the
system since they were promoted on Angie's list at the time with a special Angie's list discount" price of $199.99. What I received was the wireless base station, keypad, keychain remote control, one door sensor, one motion sensor. My experience with this system has been far from satisfactory! I am so disappointed in this system! My 11 pound cat sets off the alarm every night regardless of how we change it! we've tried "upside down" per the instructions as a last resort option and it still doesn't work! What I want to know is, WHY do they get away with advertising that their motion sensor works with pets under 30 lbs when it clearly does NOT?!?!!! Also, they advertise that no contract is necessary, yet their system constantly advertises "WARNING! NO LINK TO DISPATCH CENTER!" when one doesn't elect to pay for monthly monitoring?! This clearly makes their product useless without the monthly monitoring service in that they are informing the burglars that their is no monitoring! I bought this security system because it was on angieslist, so now MUST share the TRUTH about their false advertising! I tried to leave a review on their website, but they don't make it easy for just anyone to review their system! How dishonest are they that they only post positive reviews?!?! There is no way that I'm the only one experiencing this! I put the previous two paragraphs in an email a couple of hours ago and have not heard back yet. I expect to hear back from them

-Elizabeth C.

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removed the old fluorescent box light from our kitchen and installed recessed lighting. He also installed recessed lighting in our great" room. It is beautiful, and we couldn't be happier.
was also great at troubleshooting and fixing various electrical issues which had been plaguing our home. Issues all resolved quickly! He was professional and answered any and all questions. He was also flexible and really worked to fit around our schedule. He lent wonderful suggestions which helped not only with the "nuts and bolts" aspects of our project but with the decorative too. We'll absolutely call
again!

-Amber B.

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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 Modesto

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Company was very friendly and customer service oriented from the start. Felt comfortable with their estimate. They were not pushy or sales driven and gave us the information we wanted and let us get back in touch with them. Once agreed to have them perform the service, they were on time, polite, clean, professional, and knowledgeable. Job went well with no hassle. They tried to keep intrusion to a minimum and in no way made us feel uncomfortable. Very good job, excellent customer service, security system working with no problems. They spent ample time explaining system before leaving.
- M H.
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We have had
Modesto Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
for 4 years. We love the ease of the system and the professionalism of the company. When we purchased the package, it arrived promptly. My husband was able to set up the entire system and even put an alert on our bedroom door; if it was opened we would automatically get a text message!! The system gives us text messages if the alarm system is set off in any way. You can customize your system to your liking.
We have been called by the monitoring service when the alarm has gone off. We love that the response time is fast!!!!
They system is wireless so we did not need a landline, although we did eventually put one in for the alarm, as a back up. I recommend putting a cheap landline in.
The best part is that when we move we can take the system with us as it is not hard wired :)
We love the system very much. The only complaint I have is that the sensors can loose their stickiness and fall off. We have only had this happen to the front door and we just stick it back on. It isn't a huge problem just one that could be fixed.
I also think it would be a nice touch if a represented contacted me at least once a year (verses never) to see how things are going. It would be nice to get questions answered or purchase add ons and so forth.
- Jennifer M.

Home Security Companies in Modesto

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ABS ALARM CO

793 S. Tracy Blvd #198
Tracy

Adt

3025 McHenry Avenue, Suite V
Modesto

ADT Lathrop

192 Lathrop Road
Lathrop

ADT Modesto

1101 J St
Modesto

ADT Modesto

900 9th St
Modesto

ADT Modesto

930 11th St
Modesto

ADT Modesto

1000 I Street
Modesto

ADT Security Services, Inc.

4725 Enterprise Way
Modesto

ADT Stockton

100 East Lafayette Street
Stockton

ADT Stockton

4410 North Pershing Avenue # C1
Stockton

ADT Stockton

100-198 E Oak St
Stockton

ADT Stockton

3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton

ADT Stockton

1127 E Sonora St
Stockton

ADT Stockton

701-799 California St
Stockton

ADT Stockton

900-998 Acacia St
Stockton

ADT Stockton

333 N Hunter St
Stockton

ADT Stockton

1810 Field Ave
Stockton

ADT Stockton

486 Button Avenue
Manteca

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALARMCO OF MODESTO

1223 7th St
Modesto

ALL SCAN ALARMS

2421 KILKENNY DR
Modesto

Alpha Team

Oakdale

ARMOR SECURITY INC

3432 NORTON PL
Modesto

Art Dunn Alarm Company

1015 12th Street, Suite 8
Modesto

BOSS BEST OF SECURITY SYSTEMS

5644 NATOMA CIR
Stockton

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

CALIFORNIA BUILT IN SYSTEMS

1463 Moffat Blvd Ste 8
Manteca

California Security Pro - ADT Authorized Dealer

2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon

Camera Installations 4 Less

5665 N Pershing Ave
Stockton

Car Tech Synergy

418 Kiernan Ave
Modesto

CENTRAL AUTO RECOVERY SVC

PO Box 5018
Modesto

CLASSIC RECOVERY

PO BOX 991
Modesto

Direct Security & Sound, Inc.

8315 Magnolia Dr.
Hilmar

FIRST SECURITY & SOUND

1025 LONE PALM AVE
Modesto

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

I SPY VISION

586 COMMERCE CT
Manteca

JWS SYSTEMS

P.O Box 30965
Stockton

Kansas Avenue Auto Center Inc

1232 Kansas Ave
Modesto

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Lock and Tech USA

2401 E Orangeburg Ave
Modesto

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Modesto Car Toys Inc.

926 McHenry Ave
Modesto

ON GUARD SYSTEMS

1641 PRINCETON AVE
Modesto

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415
Solana Beach

PREMIER SECURITY & FIRE

4615 GLASS CT
Modesto

R & J RECOVERY

1129 Kansas Ave
Modesto

RAZOR WIRE SECURITY

1825 IDALOU AVE
Modesto

Reliable Computer and Media Service

4420 Bluff Creek Drive
Modesto

SAFE & SOUND SYSTEMS

P. O. Box 460
Tracy

Security Tech Protective Services Inc

5725 Manzanita Ave
Carmichael

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Sousa's Automotive

5054 Pentecost Dr
Modesto

Urban Defense

PO Box 60202

USAA Bank

PO Box 33490

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