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and staff provided invaluable assistance with the fabric with two totally different pieces and did a beautiful job with only a general idea" from me. Somehow he can match fabric with the original furnitures structure that gels. Uncanny. He works at his own pace and charges as job requires, but results are impressive, museum quality. Worth any cost or wait if you have valuable pieces.
is reliable and the results are amazing. He knows his art. Pickup and deliver included.

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was charging. It came back and it was in great shape.

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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!

Upholstery reviews in San Francisco

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We had a 15 year-old very well-made office chair that really needed reupholstering; it had been too good to discard. After looking at several photos I had brought along with detailed measurements, Mr. Ish found a remnant that would work very well and would reduce the cost of the job. I took along a couple of other samples as well, and brought the chair in the next day. Mr. Ish told us it would take about 10 days to finish the job, but he did it in two - and we had it in time for Father's Day. My husband and I are really pleased.
- DEBBY N.
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I got his name from the upholstery fabric store where I had purchased the fabric for the work. He arrived within one day, inspected the three items, made an estimate for labor and materials, did the work within three weeks. The quality of the workmanship is outstanding. He was knowledgeable and very gracious.
- Mary M.
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I had an embroidered window seat top made into cushion, after it had been sitting in my dresser for at least 6 years. I brought in the top and remaining fabric to
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recommended piping, which I agreed with, and since I didn't have enough fabric for piping, he told me how exactly much additional fabric to buy. I was envisioning a 2" thick cushion;
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recommended 3", warning me that if it was too thin, that it would "look like a
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." However, since the finished cushion wasn't too big -- 14" x 47" -- and the seat was already 18" high off the ground, I didn't want it to look too fat and in the end, we agreed on 2.5", which turned out to be in perfect proportion.
- SUN L.
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Excellent workmanship. Customer may bring own fabric. Owners have good eye for design changes. Reasonably priced.
- JENNY B.
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Great! Had many fabrics to choose from. Service was excellent and quality of the work was top notch. Very responsive and work was completed quickly.
- VIRGINIA W.
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did a very good job on a very fancy chair to make sure that the seat was properly re-set in its correct position & to repeat they did an excellent job.
- EDWARD R.
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My husband and I have been very satisfied with
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. We use their service once a week. So far, we have not had any problems with them. They provide excellent service, and we are happy using them for our general upholstery cleaning needs.
- ADRIAN S.
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The quality of the service performed was well beyond my most optimistic expectations.
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picked up the chair on the same day that I visited his store and returned the chair the next day with the job completed. The quality of the work performed exceeded my expectations by a wide margin.
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also does a variety of other home decoration services and I plan to discuss additional projects with them very soon.
- James R.

Upholsterers in San Francisco

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7TH AVENUE UPHOLSTERY

2215 7TH AVE
Santa Cruz

A-1 FURNISHINGS REPAIR

1404 CHELSEA WAY
Livermore

ACKER & SON UPHOLSTERY

48 MIRALOMA DR
San Francisco

ACKER LEATHER WORKS

1641 JACKSON ST
San Francisco

Advantage Carpet Care

515 Brookside Dr
Richmond

AMBASSADOR CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

180 Lewis Rd
San Jose

ATTARD UPHOLSTERY

770 FLORIDA ST
San Francisco

AVENUE UPHOLSTERING SHOP

2820 SAN BRUNO AVE
San Francisco

Barrios Upholstery

16840 Joleen Way Bldg G6
Morgan Hill

BARRIOS UPHOLSTERY

16840 Joleen Way Bldg G6
Morgan Hill

BAY AREA UPHOLSTERY

615 AIRPORT BLVD
South San Francisco

BELMAR CO

320 FLORIDA ST
San Francisco

BTR Home Solutions

2827 Wade St

Budget Blinds

1210 W. Dana Street
Mountain View

Calico Corners

800 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd Ste 121
Mill Valley

CALICO CORNERS

2001 Contra Costa Blvd
Pleasant Hill

Cathleen Gouveia Design

P.O. Box 1033
Belvedere Tiburon

CHIOSSO BROTHERS UPHOLSTERY

40 12TH ST
San Francisco

COLE'S CARPET & UPHOLSTERY

27700 Industrial Blvd.
Hayward

CORTLAND UPHOLSTERY

4715 MISSION ST
San Francisco

D & D UPHOLSTERY INC

3296 FOLSOM ST
San Francisco

DE LUCA'S UPHOLSTERY

649 KANSAS ST
San Francisco

Decorating Den Interiors

2224 Armada Way
Foster City

Decorating Den Interiors

398 Genoa Dr
Redwood City

Design of Living Spaces

1712 Spyglass Pkwy at Glen Cove
Vallejo

DONALD MILLER DESIGNS

642 Vermont St
San Francisco

Dustin DuBurg Furniture Services

1209 Colorado Ave
Turlock

FIXRPRO

Hayward

Foam & Cushion

3482 Clayton Rd
Concord

Foss Upholstery

2318 Clement Ave
Alameda

Franciscan Interiors

540 Barneveld Ave. Ste. M
San Francisco

G Suppes Upholstery, Inc.

110 Glenn Way
San Carlos

GARCIA UPHOLSTERY

150 TURK ST
San Francisco

Great Finds:Room Makeovers/Decor Fabric Discounter

2977 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Walnut Creek

IDEA

1741 NORIEGA ST
San Francisco

J & G UPHOLSTERY

3231 BALBOA ST
San Francisco

Jacara Designs

385 BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD
Novato

Jeda Generations Auto Upholstery

220 Barnard Ave
San Jose

JOHN D KROLL UPHOLSTERY WORKS

454 SEVILLA AVE
El Granada

JORGE MERAZ-BACA UPHOLSTERY

1442 SANCHEZ ST
San Francisco

KEVIN G'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

2648 3RD ST
San Francisco

Laurel Crown Furniture

801 Woodside Way
San Mateo

LUCARINI CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

273 7TH ST
San Francisco

Lynen Interiors

1623 Second Street
Livermore

michaels custom built upholstery

1455 East Francisco blvd. suite J
San Rafael

MILANESE & SON UPHOLSTERY

539 FRANCISCO ST
San Francisco

MORE TO LIFE CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

550 THORNTON AVE
San Francisco

MORE TO LIFE CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

167 CHILTON AVE
San Francisco

Newell Auto Group

3925 Alhambra ave

PASCUAL'S UPHOLSTERY

255 KANSAS ST
San Francisco

Phase2 Builders

147 Buena Vista Ave East
San Francisco

Premier Auto Tops and Interiors

3457 El Camino Real
Santa Clara

PRESTO CARPET CLEANING

212 LAWRENCE LN
Brentwood

Rachel Blindauer Interior Design & Shop

700 Cabrillo St. Ste. 2
San Francisco

RAFAEL INTERIORS INC

630 Mason St Apt 102
San Francisco

Rebarts Interiors

247 California Dr
Burlingame

RENAISSANCE CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

596 ESTABROOK ST
San Leandro

RESTAURANT UPHOLSTERY SPEC

854 ELLIS ST
San Francisco

ROBERT TRICKEY STUDIO

2121 HARRISON ST
San Francisco

ROBERTO BARAHONA CO

430 N CANAL ST
South San Francisco

RUSSIAN HILL UPHOLSTERY

1829 POLK ST
San Francisco

SAL'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

2108 SUTTER ST
San Francisco

SILVIA'S UPHOLSTERY

333 BALTIMORE WAY
San Francisco

Sky Ranch Upholstery

351 Airport Rd
Novato

SOAM'S CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

1741 NORIEGA ST
San Francisco

SOUTH CITY AUTO UPHOLSTERY

1357 San Mateo Ave
South San Francisco

SOUTHWOOD UPHOLSTERY

655 EL CAMINO REAL
South San Francisco

Stan's Upholstery & Cleaning

112 Dartford St.
Hercules

STEVE'S UPHOLSTERING

3618 17TH ST
San Francisco

TABLES & CHAIRS

1168 BRYANT ST
San Francisco

THAT ABOUT COVERS IT

1775 YOSEMITE AVE
San Francisco

THE UPHOLSTERY CLEANING SPECIALISTS

2916 MCBRYDE AVE
Richmond

Upholstery Pro's & Window Tinting

486 Lewelling blvd
San Lorenzo

VAN GALEN UPHOLSTERY

2150 UNION ST
San Francisco

VENEZIA Upholstery Drapery Furniture Repair

311 W PORTAL AVE
San Francisco

WELSH UPHOLSTERY

3612 17TH ST
San Francisco

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