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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 Pittsburgh

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easy to install the window and door sensors, extremely low cost monitoring that we pay is only $14.95 per month, much less than most other home security monitoring services,
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has many great reviews on Amazon and is a great deal for the money.
- William K.
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I purchased a $99 Angie's List Big Deal for this service. It works great. They sent the equipment to us in a box and we installed it by ourselves. The service was okay. We were able to call them to help us install it. I would recommend them.
- Wenjuan J.
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Operation of the system has not yet been well explained. The contacts and sensors were installed 3 weeks ago, but the cameras still have not arrived. So, that means missing two days of work to have the entire system involved, instead of one day of work. Also, they do not have a good solution for external cameras with streaming (for an application such as your driveway or behind your house). The panel itself is very nice. Also, true to their word, my 27 pound cat does not set off the sensor during the day when we are not home. So far so good, but I think it is too soon to tell how this will all work out.


- Janis W.
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have had guardian for at least 12 years.. Their product and service is great. When you call guardian with a question or problem, a real person answers and directs you to the person that does help you at any time day or night.. What you should know is that guardian is the only protection company that I am aware of that has their own people to install and monitor their service.. The only down side that I can say is that any replacement parts are a little pricey and so is the service visit.. However in my case they have walked me through the part rreplacement process over the phone.
- Jack D.
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Guardian representatives came to my home, assessed my security needs, and suggested alternative services. They even showed me a video to explain things. They were polite , friendly and professional. An appointment was scheduled for installation, but they called me sooner when an appointment was cancelled. The installer was very professional and explained how it was operated. Later, when one of my motion detectors loosened on the wall, they came out within a few days to repair it. When I accidentally set off the alarm system, they responded promptly from the call box and on the telephone. I am very satisfied with their services.
- Cheryl H.
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Smooth set up, easy install. Direct, high tech, easy to use. Great Angie's list deal to go along with it.
- Rebecca D.
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I had a new security system install in an old
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that had at least two "legacy" systems. The initial visit was within 48 hours of my request with installation the next week. Both visits were on time. The initial visit was very detailed with no effort to hurry through the pitch. I chose this service because the sales pitch was detailed and the product included a fairly advanced system that met our desires at a fair price. Other companies offered a slightly lower price, but without some critical aspects of installation and service. Halfway through our two year contract, the system has operated without any issues. This included a couple of power surges that fried our neighbors system (not vector) and some ongoing improvements to the remote control app. My only gripe was that the installer was very slow and lacked some skills at figuring out the best way to install some of the equipment in the old house. On the other hand, he was not hurried and worked with me to put the equipment in the places I preferred.
- Jeffrey C.
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I had the service installed on june 28 2014 during signing up the sales man did not tell me they would check my credit. I have credit monitoring system a few days later I found out they did check it which
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my credit score. I am trying to increase my score to get a house and that jacked my score up. BUT the major complaint I have it I had a free 3 day trial which ended on
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2 2014 . I gave the sales man a CHECK for $168.99 he told me they would not MAIL the check in until the 3rd. I HAD CANCELED THE SERVICE ON THE 2ND and the sales man gave me my check back. Today on the 9th of
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i check my bank account and see that
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withdrew thru ach the $168.99. They did not have my permission to debit thru ach and on top of that the account was cancelled on
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2 2014. I called and complained spoke with a manager and his response was they would have to MAIL me a check back and it would take several days. I don't have several days checks will bounce. VERY UNHAPPY THEY STOLE MY MONEY!
- ELAINE S.

Home Security Companies in Pittsburgh

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1-STOP CARS

691 Lincoln Ave
Pittsburgh

1st Security

8480 Baltimore National Pike

A-1 Rudy Lock & Safe

3812 Rt. 8 William Flynn Highway.
Allison Park

A-1 SECURITY SOLUTIONS

17 VICTORIA DR
Finleyville

ABSOLUTE SECURITY CORP

3115 BABCOCK BLVD
Pittsburgh

ACE SECURITY LAMINATES

970 PERRY HWY
Pittsburgh

ADT Security Services, Inc

400 Bursca Dr
Bridgeville

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALARMAX DISTRIBUTORS INC

381 Mansfield Ave Ste 205
Pittsburgh

ALLEGHENY REPOSSESSION SVC

593 Arbor Ln
Pittsburgh

AMERICAN ALARM SYSTEMS

1097 N AVE
Pittsburgh

AMERICAN ALARM SYSTEMS

992 PERRY HWY
Pittsburgh

Amped Up Electric

424 London Ave
North Versailles

ARM SECURITY SYSTEMS

35 MARLIN DR E
Pittsburgh

Armada Global Inc

305 34th St
Pittsburgh

ARRAUJO ELECTRICAL

1801 BABCOCK BLVD
Pittsburgh

ATLANTIC AMERICAN FIRE EQUIP

4075 WINDGAP AVE
Pittsburgh

ATLANTIC HOME SYSTEMS

3468 BABCOCK BLVD
Pittsburgh

AUDIO ASSOCIATES INC

340 PEARL ST
Pittsburgh

B & P Locksmiths, Inc.

160 Clairton Blvd
Pittsburgh

Barrier Protection Systems Inc

415 Lyle Blvd
Mckeesport

BITARMOR SYSTEMS INC

357 N CRAIG ST
Pittsburgh

Bochter Services

No Customer Walk-In Location
Pittsburgh

BOOKERT SECURITY SYSTEMS

11 PENNOAK MANOR DR
Pittsburgh

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

Brink's Inc

500 Vista Park Dr
Pittsburgh

CENTRAL MONITORING & DISPATCH

111 GRANDVIEW AVE
Pittsburgh

Chris Jackson's Contracting

1575 Vermont Ave
Mckeesport

City Electric Corp.

16 West Stewart Ave.
Lansdowne

CONFLUENCE TECHNOLOGIES INC

600 RIVER AVE
Pittsburgh

CONNECTIONS INC

963 PERRY HWY
Pittsburgh

DAVID DAVIS COMMUNICATIONS

84 WALTER LONG RD
Finleyville

Dietz Electronics Inc

3212 Hampton Oaks Dr
Allison Park

DSC

113 HIGHLAND AVE
Pittsburgh

Electrical Concepts llc

12120 US Rt30
Irwin

EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS INC

3023 W LIBERTY AVE
Pittsburgh

Ferris Electric

1629 Ellsworth Avenue
Carnegie

FERRY ELECTRIC CO

250 CURRY HOLLOW RD
Pittsburgh

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT CORP

651 HOLIDAY DR
Pittsburgh

FIRM SECURITY SYSTEMS

2840 Library Rd # 200
Pittsburgh

FIVE STAR SECURITY

700 CLABBER HILL RD
Pittsburgh

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

future communications

316 Grant Ave
Carnegie

GENERAL ALARM SYSTEMS INC

401 WOOD ST
Pittsburgh

GEORGE M BROBECK CO INC

3417 BRODHEAD RD
Aliquippa

Greensburg Electric

304 Harrison Ave
Greensburg

GREENWOOD SECURITY SYSTEMS

136 SHARP RD
Mckeesport

Guardian Protection Services

174 Thorn Hill Rd
Warrendale

Guardian Protection Services Inc

174 Thorn Hill Rd
Warrendale

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

HI TECHNOLOGY LLP

1665 Washington Rd
Pittsburgh

HONEYWELL

230 VISTA PARK DR
Pittsburgh

HSM ELECTRONIC PROTECTION SVC

102 MERCHANT LN
Pittsburgh

Ironmountain Electric

2904 Overhill St
South Park

J&J Security Systems

634 Northaven Cir.
Glenshaw

John Pushak Electric

1110 Franklin Ave
Baden

JP Electronics

101 Jeffrey Circle
Coraopolis

JS Auto Designs & Detailing

1009 Woodridge Dr
Canonsburg

Kratt Electric, Inc.

414 College Ave
Oakmont

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

LOBOS MANAGEMENT ALARM

183 MORRISON DR
Pittsburgh

Lock and Tech USA

1739 E Carson St
Pittsburgh

Lock and Tech USA

2826 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Pittsburgh

M&P Security Solutions LLC

3840 Duss Ave
Baden

MAXT ASSOC ALARM

321 N POINT DR
Pittsburgh

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Modomation Security LLC

1103 Fairfield St
Pittsburgh

My Computer Wiz, Inc

240 Executive Dr Ste 1423
Cranberry Township

National Security Alarm NSA

194 Cochran Road
Pittsburgh

NEWBRITE INDUSTRIES SECURITY

6465 HAMILTON AVE
Pittsburgh

OMEGA SECURITY SVC

103 YOST BLVD
Pittsburgh

PFE FIRE & SAFETY CORP

519 E GENERAL ROBINSON ST
Pittsburgh

PHILIP GROSSE SECURITY ALARM

450 CADET AVE
Pittsburgh

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

Power Pros, Inc

698 Pittsburgh Street
Springdale

RAN SECURITY & INVESTIGATION

PARK BLDG
Pittsburgh

RAS CONSULTING

237 ORCHARD SPRING RD
Pittsburgh

RICK'S CLOCK SHOP INC

4753 Lougean Ave
Pittsburgh

SAFEPOINT TECHNOLOGIES LLC

125 7TH ST
Pittsburgh

SARGENT ELECTRIC SERVICES

2767 LIBERTY AVE
Pittsburgh

Scherer Lock & Supply

1242 Brighton Rd
Pittsburgh

SECURITRONICS

4078 BULLTOWN RD
Murrysville

Security Systems of America

500 Ardmore Blvd
Pittsburgh

Sentinel Power Inc.

922 Middletown RD
New Stanton

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

Sonitrol of Pittsburgh Inc

610 Melwood Ave
Pittsburgh

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Team Nutz LLC

3287 Library Rd
Pittsburgh

TEL-EQUIPMENT CO

555 DIXIE DR
Pittsburgh

USAA Bank

PO Box 33490

Valley Security Systems, LLC

330 Main Street
Imperial

Vector Security Inc

2000 Ericsson Dr Ste 250
Warrendale

VERIZON

Pittsburgh

Woods Electrical Contracting LLC

382 Stuber Rd.
New Brighton

ZUCCO SECURITY & COMMUNICATIONS

1487 RENTON RD
Pittsburgh

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