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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.

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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

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.

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.

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.





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.

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


We ran a test on our alarm system, and entirely our fault, the test did not go the alarm company. Immediately we called Bill who just happened to be on a call close by. He was at our house within 30 minutes. When we told him what we had done, he instructed us on what we should have done. Low and behold the entire test went through perfectly. Being the type of wonderful individual Bill is he did not charge us for the call. We will always do business with
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and Bill. It's so nice to do business with him.

We had been with a home alarm provider for nearly 10 years who provided terrible support service. In addition, our alarm system was old. Because we had contract issues with the previous provider, we did not want a service that demanded a 3-year contract, which is most on Angie's List. We also wanted on-site service should it be needed.
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Networks Home Security does not require a contract and, to our liking, does not charge for home repair calls. Most alarm companies on Angie's List do charge for in-house repair or urge the customer to purchase a service contract. Unlike many other alarm companies,
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does charge for installation (the basic fee is $200), but we decided that the investment was well worth it given no contract and no fee for home service. In addition, we received a discount for the monitoring service because our telephone & internet is bundled through
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. Finally, their service technicians, both the installation and repair staff, are
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employees and located in the Tampa area.
To make a long story short, the installation technician showed up on time, spent 4 hours on the installation, and patiently answered all of our questions. Unfortunately, the installation was not 100% well done, which then resulted in a series of 6 different technicians having to come over a 10-day period (some admitted that they didn't dare touch the necessary wiring because they were not trained in that way). For each call we made, frustrated as we were,
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immediately scheduled another technician. It was not until the "right" technician (
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) was scheduled (10 days after installation), that the problem was permanently fixed.
We now have a well running system that we are very pleased with. The ability to arm/disarm the system (or check it anywhere in the US) via cellphone, as well as with keypads, is great. Thus far, we highly recommend the
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Safe Homes Security is not located in Tampa, but in
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, CT; hence, their local installation and repair services appear to be contract services. We have been customers of
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for close to 10 years in Tampa, which adds up to extended knowledge of this company's services and professionalism. We cannot imagine how they have managed to stay in business for so long because their intra-company communication is broken and the quality of their support services is close to incompetent. To make a very long story short, we decided that, at the end of our 5-year contract with them, we would not renew because of total dissatisfaction with their billing and technical services. To our horror, we learned that their "renewal contract" contained a clause in tiny print stating that unless 60 days notice was given, the contract would automatically renew for one more year, at which time 60 days notice would have to be given for cancellation, i.e.,
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would not accept cancellation of the renewal. Apparently, automatic renewal is legal in many states, including Florida, so consumers beware. However, in signing the 1-year renewal contract, we found a 3-day cancellation form appended, which we rapidly took advantage of. However, 2 weeks later, we were called to schedule a technician appointment that had been cancelled at the very last minute just prior to our renewal cancellation. The various customer service reps that we were then bounced to knew nothing about the cancellation, which had been e-mailed with a dated delivery time stamp and also sent by certified letter to the home office. Even the cancellation representative did not know we had left. Consumers should also know that Safe Homes is not a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has never responded to inquiries from BBB about consumer complaints (see the BBB website). So, if you are contemplating a home security contract with this company, be very aware that your equipment may not be properly installed (as our's was not), your support services will be minimal, and your billing errors may never be fixed, leading to less than "kindly" letters from Safe Homes about your bills due.

The installation was carried out very quickly and efficiently. The technician who handled the installation provided excellent instructions on how to use the security panel. He also walked me through setting up my online profile and setting up my phone app to use the security system.
- Erin R.

Excellent service. Professional. Honest. Quality work. I was very happy with both my experience scheduling the service and the actual work. The deal they are offering is very reasonable as well. Will use them again if ever need to for sure.
- Pavan P.

The original representative was fine as was the initial installation. The problem with
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is always the service after the installation. They could care less whether your system operates as long as they get their monthly fee. I have had two service calls in the last thirty days. In both cases they could not schedule a service call for a week from the date of the call. In the first instance it didn't matter because the system was operating. The last call for service however was on 9/18/2014. They had an opening on 9/25, but I get off at 2pm and they are not willing to schedule a call between 230 and 5pm, only between 12-5 pm, with no guarantee of an arrival time. The techs are good when you can get one. The phone personnel vary from excellent to pathetic. My current problem is that the system cannot communicate with the central office. The technical representatives tried to blame it on cell tower outages until I checked the wireless panel at their request and found out that the wireless trouble light was not on. As a result of this failure my house is unprotected in the event of a break in except for the siren. As far as Pulse goes they do not monitor that per their representative, so for security purposes it is essentially useless. Lest you think this is an over reaction to a short term relationship, I would like to add I had
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for ten years prior to changing to
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. Their service then was as poor as it is now, with the same time frames to get a tech to my house. In an effort to resolve this I spoke to the "Corporate Relations Department" which did me no good whatsoever. I was also told that as a USAA member they try to get service to us faster. That definitely has not been my experience. I told all the customer service represent if I told them if the system still would not communicate by October 4, I would pay the penalty and they would be removing the system.
- Michael T.

The equipment arrived a bit slow but overall the service works pretty well. Considering it has an iPhone app, text, and email updates and the ability to set and disarm remotely. I am very satisfied with the price overall. It was easy to install and setup, although I had to call the 800 number because there was something wrong with the base unit sent out.
Happy with the product and still using the service.
- Lance A.

After my parents had an unsuccessful implementation with a large alarm service company, I recommended
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, for this replacement. The Wainwrights did a superb job, replacing a 16 wired zone system with a newer system that would also accommodate the 16 wired zones. Despite the fact that some parts of the old system were no longer being produced, for example pool beams on the patio, they were able to integrate them into the new system. They also added some additional functionality by hard wiring the garage door. This involved going into the attic twice in September (in Florida). They were on time, professional, neat and clearly very experienced in their field. Being a perfectionist, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone wanting a solid, .professional job.
- Thomas D.

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United Electric

2045 60th Place East


12001 31ST CT N
Saint Petersburg


13902 N DALE MABRY HWY 155


Plant City




9800 Fredreicksburg Rd






2979 46th Ave N
Saint Petersburg


2951 67TH ST N
Saint Petersburg


1601 34TH ST S
Saint Petersburg



Vortex Solutions

1018 Hook Dr
Spring Hill


405 N REO ST




430 Interstate Ct

Wainwright Alarm Service Inc

P.O. Box 2260
Land O Lakes


9811 E US HIGHWAY 92

Walker Enterprises

1903 E 32nd Ave






4316 W ALVA ST


7101 STATE ROAD 52






1407 E 5th Ave

Yes Electric

2412 E. 7th Ave.

Zugzwang Security

659 North Combee Road

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