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"My ENTIRE backyard had to remodeled because it seemed as if the previous owner of my home hired an unskilled contractor to build it. It was awful. Regal was referred" to me by my real estate agent who said they were highly recommended by his previous clients. I met with about six contractors because I wanted to make sure I made the right decision. The other contractors made me feel rushed and pressured to sign a contract and some of the contractor's never even bothered to show up. So I decided to go with Regal. First: Demolished: -patio cover -old concrete countertop -removed and hauled built in grill -brick floor and hauled away Second: -Ran a gas line to brand new grill and ran electrical line for my mini fridge -started installing beans and post for gable styled roofing Third: -Layered new brick paver for my patio floor -Installed new vinyl patio cover -Created L shape outdoor bbq grill with stack stones along side of it Last: -Finished gable roof -Created a flawless concrete countertop -Two stain & acid proof sealed stainless steel sinks near prep area -Installed grill All of the construction workers were very nice and cleaned after the job was done. As for the price it was a little over my budget but I knew in order to get the kitchen I really wanted with no regrets I was going to have to go over a little on my budget. Regal did a fantastic job though will hire them in the future.

-John G.

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went above and beyond to make sure I loved the end product. She followed up regularly n if I had an issue took care of it immediately.

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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!

Paving reviews in New Orleans

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Great!
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helped us pick up finishes for each bathroom and communicated every step of the way with emailed confirmation and pictures of the actual stone and virtual layout. The project estimator came to the house and took measurements and then 10 days later they were back at the house installing the counter top's. The install was well coordinated and communicated from the office. The installation crew, removed the existing top's without damaging custom frames and then installed new counter tops.The process was extremly efficient and they were very polite, clean, and well organized. We were extermely pleased with the outcome and I highly recommend this company!
- Alan M.
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My gravel driveway runs for approximately 100 yards until you reach my home. I called Mr.
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one morning, and we agreed to meet later that afternoon for him to give me an estimate. My driveway had worn down to essentially mud and a long "crown' Of grass in the middle. The estimate was for $1,250 which included (1) bobcat work to remove the "crown" of grass; (2)purchase, haul and dump gravel; and (3) spread the gravel evenly on the driveway. Mr.
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started the following week on a Tuesday afternoon and finished on Wednesday. The actual gravel cost was $100 less than the estimate, so the entire job ran $1,150. It turned out very well, and I recommend Mr.
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highly.
- Richard F.
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He is very creative and well educated on stone work. He is really good at designing and taking water into consideration. He is flexible with our schedule.
- Tracy T.
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It went totally smoothly. We called in our request late the afternoon before for a single full load (12 cubic yards spread), offering that there was "no hurry" and "whatever meshed with their schedule". They said they'd be out first thing in the morning. By about 8:00am they'd already arrived and spread the first load, that looked so nice I called to thank them & ordered two more truckloads "at their convenience" to be spread farther along same country road. Right after lunch they'd delivered and spread the second load - and late in the afternoon came back and spread the third. Totally skilled driver and good product, quarried and crushed at their own facility along US 101 south of Seaside,
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. The driver sets the slope of the dumptruck bed and takes off knowing just what he needs to do to make the rock "spread like butter" as he accurately phrased it. Nice smooth job. Enjoyable to work with them. They take "all cards" including Amex.
- Robert S.
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Great company. On-time as promised. Careful of shrubs and trees. Left everything neat. They came back and applied sealer in Oct.
- Gary B.
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The work went well. The crew was polite and I was very comfortable with them working around my home.
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, the owner was very communicative through the entire process, and helped with a lot of the finishing decisions. There were some delays in the project due to weather, some permit issues and the design changed during the project.
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was accomodating and workable through the whole process. The bottom line is that I am thrilled with the patio. After considering pavers and other options, this natural stone, the masonry and the lighting that were part of the product created a terrific result.
i would recommend
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because of their fairness, and the craftsmanship they put into the project. With any outdoor project, weather can cause delays, and we experienced a few. The permitting process, at least in
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Heights can also add time to the project, but the beauty and livability of the natural stone makes it well worth it.
- Mitchell K.
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Dreadful experience. Their
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is empty promises, terrible customer service and unprofessional work. We were excited to order our countertops from a local company, but it turned out to be a nightmare. When we first went to see them we were taken on a tour of the facility and really liked what we saw and heard. They made a big deal of their sealing process, which they said they did in house because they didn't trust contractors to do it properly. We placed our order and waited. And waited. After more than a month of delay beyond the promised date --which held up our kitchen construction at great inconvenience to us and our contractor -- the countertops finally arrived with the wrong
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, a couple of significant chips on corners, and apparently no sealing at all.
Within a day of normal use (while we were trying to reach them) we had unrepairable stains on three of four counters. It took almost a week to reach someone with the authority to act (they don't actually return phone calls so we had to be very persistent) they agreed to take them back and fix them. They promised to turn them around in a week, which was another empty promise. We finally got them back after more than two additional weeks with the
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fixed, but there was still a chip in a prominent corner and the sealing was inadequate. We asked for a discount as partial compensation for our inconvenience and the not-perfect product but they threatened to put us into collection if we didn't pay the full remaining balance.
I would never do business with them and caution anyone considering it not to be taken in by them.
- Carole F.
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Our house was almost complete except for an
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. This was the only company we looked at and hired. We were looking for a professional company, who could deliver good quality work in an efficient time. We had a good experience overall. The guys came onsite to our home and did a 3 dimensional layout of what we could expect for our
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. They gave us suggestions on what would work best with the space we have. I felt like I had a great relationship with the girls in the office who helped organize and keep me aware of when the job would be completed. They were responsible for ordering all materials needed to prep for the job. I feel that without their communication and hard work we would not have been as satisfied as we were. They helped me in the selection of granite and what would look good. The workers came out and completed the job in a less than a week. They cleaned up after each visit and did a beautiful job with the kitchen. We are very satisfied with the efficiency of the job and professionalism of the company. We are so thankful for our beautiful
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! Thank you and I would definitely recommend them!
- Jennifer B.

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Absolute Lawn Care & Landscaping

239 South Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans

ACADIAN SAND PUMPING

28 W. 27th St.
Kenner

Adam & Eve Landscaping

Carriage Ln.
Destrehan

AM Soils

1906 Collins Blvd
Covington

Aqua Pool Renovations LLC

6560 Bellaire Drive
New Orleans

Best Bolt and Nuts div of IPS Corp

2726 Lexington St
Kenner

Better Properties, LLC

1349 Corporate Square Dr Ste 1
Slidell

Bixler Homes

200 St. Ann
Mandeville

Capital Building Maintenance

PO Box 6184
Metairie

Carr Stone & Tile

3200 Andover St.
New Orleans

Cornerstone Property Services LLC

3808 Croydon St
Slidell

CRC Construction & renovations

545 Crystal St
New Orleans

Crescent City Granite

402629 Royal St
New Orleans

Crescent City Remodeling LLC

1705 Elizabeth Ave
Metairie

CURB A GARDEN

70 W 27th St.
Kenner

CYPRESS LAND CONTRACTORS

105 terrance st
Reserve

D & D Stone Brokers

346 Creekside Drive

Dixie Construction Services

1725 Celtic Drive
Marrero

Don Goodworth

137 Walnut St
Covington

Early Three Foundation Repair Services

11931 Morrison Rd
New Orleans

EXTERIOR DESIGNS INC

2903 OCTAVIA ST
New Orleans

Garden Specialties, Inc

3601 Florida Ave.
Kenner

Geaux Granite

10335 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge

Get Growin' Inc

32199 Longview St
Paulina

Handsome Construction

218 s robertson street

La Terre

22503 Hwy 1088
Mandeville

Lemi-Duit Property Maintenance

424 Pacific Avenue
New Orleans

LIMBS & LEANERS LLC

PO BOX 64
Mandeville

Lopes Pavers

830 South Clearview Parkway
New Orleans

Manhour Construction

218 South Robertson Street

Mudbug Pavers

43030 Hinson Rd
Hammond

Mullin Landscape Associates LLC

621 Distributors Row
New Orleans

Nature's Own Landscapes

4801Taft Park
Metairie

NOLA LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

3512 James Dr
Metairie

North Lion Granite

9129 Airline Dr
New Orleans

Northlake Lawn & Landscaping, LLC

20521 Walker Street
Covington

RELIABLE SOIL CO

725 Reverend Richard Wilson Dr
Kenner

Ricon Natural Stone

2859 Needham Dr
Baton Rouge

SandbagsToGo

1626 E Marine View Drive

Skyy Bridge Developers

P.O. Box 10
Marrero

STAFFORD TILE & STONE

5234 MAGAZINE ST
New Orleans

STONEYARD.COM

265 Foster St

TRIPLE "E" ENTERPRISES LLC

2812 Bradbury st
Meraux

U.C.C.T. Inc

4001 Cedar. st

Vista Contractors LLC

1268 Destrehand Avenue
Harvey

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