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"My husband and I weren't happy at all with our current home monitoring security service and ended up firing them. With a trip coming up in the following week" that left me with trying to find a great company with an 'A plus' grade and having it fit my needs and budget. After doing some research and interviewing several local company, I decided to check into this company,
security. Number one in the USA and a 'A plus' in several online customer report website, I thought to call them and asked them my 42 Questions I had written down, Yes, 42 questions. They answered all of them and more and was happy and patience to do it, no problems, and I didn't feel any pressure from them. I was happy with their answers and their monthly monitoring price for what I needed for my home; they beat ADT and others I had in mind. It is a little different from the other companies; that they will sent you the equipment and you install it. I was very apprehensive and not sure I can install it properly, but they assured me many times it will be easy and that they will talk me through it by phone. After they asked me many questions to assure they know exactly what is needed for the security of my home and my family's peace of mind, sent me all that is needed in time before my trip. Wonderful! Guess what people? It was easy and I did called them when I received it. They talked me through the installation and after it was all done. I love the app on my Iphone, the price, the equipment, the service, web site and I love that I can call then anytime with questions and I can understand them. I also love that I can add other stuff to my security package, just paid for what equipment I want and my monthly service does not change. Great company!

-Anita H.

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"They company was fine, I had no problems communicating with them. I did return the deal due to the size of the system. It is rather large. If they had a smaller system I would use them in the future.

-Edward Z.

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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 Tampa

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Overall their service is great, they are super responsive. I did have issues with the surface mounted sensors and I had to use the ones you drill into the doors. It was a project but once done overall the system has worked well.
- Michael F.
A

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Angel first came to our home to discuss our needs. We walked around the house and talked about where cameras should be placed. Angel provided us with a very detailed quote by the end of the day. We asked him to come back out just to go over everything one more time; he returned the next day. He was very polite and professional and was happy to answer all of our questions. We gave him a 50% deposit and scheduled our install date. He and his employee came on the install day in the time window we had agreed upon. Work was completed in the amount of time that Angel had mentioned it would take . We did have a minor issue with two cameras- settings were slightly off for the night vision- Angel came out the very next day and corrected the issue. We will be using his services again to put cameras inside of our home once our renovation is complete.
- Christopher S.
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Costomer service was fine other than the hours on the instructions were not updated. I also had a defective window sensor that they were willing to replace but I never got that far before cancelling my contract. I cancelled my contract because I would have had to have an electrician come and install outlets for the cameras and rewire the mainbox connection from an old
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- Mechele H.
A

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Installation was really easy and their customer service has been exceptional. They really go above and beyond to answer my questions, walk me through something, and make sure that I'm satisfied. if you have textured walls or old plaster walls like I do, then the adhesive on the sensors will not stick very well in the long term. I ended up screwing the sensors into the walls since the adhesive would separate after about a week. One of my sensors fell off the wall, was damaged, and
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quickly replaced it for free. I think the Alarm.com iPhone app and website access work very well and in fact those are the parts I love the most about the system. I can arm/disarm the system, create if then rules, and view all system activity on the app/website.
- Anna B.
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I WAS VERY SATISFIED WITH SERVICE -- UNTIL THE SYSTEM WENT DOWN. SINCE I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIX THEIR EQUIPMENT BY FOLLOWING THEIR TELEPHONE INSTRUCTIONS - THEY MADE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A REPAIR TECK FOR ME -- 8 DAYS LATER!!!
I HAVE AN ALARM SYSTEM BECAUSE I AM NOT SAFE IN MY HOME WITHOUT IT -- AND NOW I HAVE TO BE WITHOUT IT FOR 8 DAYS!!
I AM NOW LOOKING INTO OTHER ALARM COMPANIES -
- Carol T.
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It was extremely easy to set up and it is very convenient to use. I can use my cell phone to turn the alarm off/on wherever I am (or using the box if you aren't a smartphone user), and you can even have your phone automatically remind you to set or disarm the alarm when you are within a given distance from your house. We use the alarm mostly for checking when people arrive/leave the house (kids got home, handyperson comes by), and for the fire alarm and water sensors. The water sensors have come in very handy to let us know about a burst water heater and a leaky washing machine before more damage was done. As with all good smoke detectors we've had a few "burnt cookie" alarms, and
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has always called within seconds to check that we are okay. We haven't needed any actual police/fire interventions but I imagine that response would be speedy too. You can view the history of the sensors so we can check when someone arrived or left. We use the door chime so that we know when someone is entering/leaving the house with a pleasant "ding d***" every time the front or back door opens.
The agents will walk you through the setup very quickly and easily. We went with a non-standard setup for our older home that has many large street-level windows - if someone is going to break in, they aren't going to
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open a thin old window, they'll just throw a brick through the large pane of glass and walk right in. So, we got the glass break sensors for each room instead of the individual magnetic open/close sensors for each window. That was also cheaper since we have 3-5 windows in every room. We haven't had any false alarms (that we didn't trigger ourselves by forgetting to turn off the alarm). Another company, SimpliSafe is very similar and much cheaper. Many people at work use them with no problems. However, they didn't have glass break sensors at the time, and their system isn't as flexible as
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- Heidi B.
A

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If Guardian salespeople and installers sold and installed other services, life would be so much better. They are some of the best service providers!
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did a fabulous job!
- Francis F.
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Bill was extremely professional and explained his objectives and asked us questions about sensors and panel locations to maximize the systems efficiency. He will return to install remaining sensors once drywall is installed in the addition. He took the time to explain the alarm functions and his recommended applications for the various active alarm settings.
- David M.

Home Security Companies in Tampa

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The Hurricane Police LLC

677 N Washington Blvd
Sarasota

Theta Electric

21959 US Highway 19 N
Clearwater

ThunderBolt International, Inc.

2660 Cypress Ridge Blvd #102
Wesley Chapel

Titan audio

24925 State Road 64 E
Myakka City

Toy House Inc

6524 N US Hwy 301
Tampa

TRI COUNTY SECURITY INC

2300 SUNSET POINT RD
Safety Harbor

Tropical Elegance Construction Inc

PO Box 1512
New Port Richey

TVinstall.com

5402 West Laurel St
Tampa

Twentyoneav LLC

5151 S Lakeland Dr
Lakeland

TWI INC

7502 ANN BALLARD RD
Tampa

Twin Screws Marine Service

2304 Bruner Lane # 2
Ft Myers

UNCANNY CAMERAS

701 CHARLOTTE AVE
Tarpon Springs

United Electric

2045 60th Place East
Bradenton

UNITED FIRE PROTECTION INC

12001 31ST CT N
Saint Petersburg

UNITED SECURITY SYSTEMS

13902 N DALE MABRY HWY 155
Tampa

UNITED-MAXIMUM SECURITY SYSTS

504 E BAKER ST
Plant City

US SECURITY SYSTEMS

3838 NORTHDALE BLVD
Tampa

USAA Bank

PO Box 33490

VANGUARD PRODUCTS GROUP INC

13610 WRIGHT CIR
Tampa

VECTOR SECURITY

24156 STATE ROAD
Lutz

VELOCITY IQ

2979 46th Ave N
Saint Petersburg

VIDEO SECURITY & COMMUNICATION

2951 67TH ST N
Saint Petersburg

VIP AUDIO & SECURITY INC

1601 34TH ST S
Saint Petersburg

VIPER AUTO SECURITY

7212 N DALE MABRY HWY
Tampa

Vortex Solutions

1018 Hook Dr
Spring Hill

WACKENHUT CORP

405 N REO ST
Tampa

WACKENHUT CORP

1526 COMMERCIAL PARK DR
Lakeland

WACKENHUT CORP

430 Interstate Ct
Sarasota

Wainwright Alarm Service Inc

P.O. Box 2260
Land O Lakes

WALKER AGENCY

9811 E US HIGHWAY 92
Tampa

Walker Enterprises

1903 E 32nd Ave
Tampa

WARNING SYSTEMS INC

579 PINE RANCH EAST RD
Osprey

WENZEL ELECTRICAL SVC

6300 TOWER LN
Sarasota

WESTEC SECURITY SYSTEMS

4316 W ALVA ST
Tampa

WESTERN AUTO HOME AND GARDEN CENTER

7101 STATE ROAD 52
Hudson

WILSON TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC

3407 RACKLEY RD
Brooksville

WINKELMANN ASSOCIATES

200 FAREHAM DR
Venice

WORKING RADIUS

1407 E 5th Ave
Tampa

Yes Electric

2412 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa

Zugzwang Security

659 North Combee Road
Lakeland

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