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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!

Home Security System reviews in Lakeland

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Not very organized in setting appointments. They didn't even know for sure which day they would come. But, once they came, the work was great at a fair price.
- Joshua L.
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I talked to about 4-5 home security companies. There are some who don't charge you for equipment, but then charge you each month based on the amount of equipment, so you are constantly paying. There are some which have someone come out to review then install equipment.
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charges you for equipment (but with Angie's list it was $200, but effectively $100 b/c they give you a $100 Amazon gift card). But they mail the equipment in 2-3 days and you install it yourself-super easy.
It is great to be able to monitor all the doors, et
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from my phone, remotely arm the system.
You get 10 personal codes, so I know when the dog-walker has come in and out, etc.

- shefa G.
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It was very easy, not only to install but to understand. They have someone on call at all times who not only knows each part of the system but can explain it perfectly. Also the person will stay on the line with you as you go through each step.
- Vicki M.
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Faulty sensor upon installation. New one was sent. False alarms happen all the time and costly responses by police. It's such a bad system I turned it off and am going with a new provider.
- Paul H.
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Alert was terrific. We bought a home, and I asked
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to come out and do an evaluation of the existing security system and make recommendations on any upgrades/updates. It turned out that Alert had installed the original system. He came promptly at my request, did a thorough inspection, and provided a detailed estimate. He also provided an alternative new system quote, but explained that we really didn't need a new system because the existing one was fairly new and a reliable "workhorse." We scheduled the visit for the tech to come out.
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, the technician, was great. He worked diligently and -- despite an initial hiccup -- got it all set up. We have had a few mistaken "false alarms" and the monitoring service has called us immediately on our phones to check in. This was exactly what we were looking for, and we got it.
- Suyash A.
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very professional came on Saturday for free estimate installed same day great company to deal with
- craig S.
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It turned out fine and
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did a great job. The price was fair, accurate and as advertised. The system is monitored by
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at a separate monthly cost.
- Kim J.
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I called the company to get a quote on a home alarm. The technician
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came out and surveyed the house and gave me a quote for home security and fire alarm monitoring. They installed wireless sensors on all my doors and windows, a motion detector, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. The whole system was installed for $99.
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was not your typical salesperson. He gave me all my options without trying to "hard sell" me. I appreciated him being up front and honest. The install was done in less than 2 hours. Both my wife and I are very happy with the installed system and monitoriing by
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- Victor B.

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Lakeland

A Square Deal Locksmith

1421 Commercial Park Drive
Lakeland

A-1 Security Alarms,Inc.

1703 N.Tampa St.
Tampa

A1A Home Automation and Security

790 Mullet Road Suite A35
Cape Canaveral

Absolute Security, INc.

11620 54th St N
Clearwater

ACCESS SAFE & LOCK CO

5532 US Highway 98 N
Lakeland

Active Security Co.

4900 Seminole Rd.
Saint Petersburg

ADT

5711 S FLORIDA AVE
Lakeland

ADT Bradenton

1000 1st Ave W
Bradenton

ADT Brooksville

510 E Liberty St
Brooksville

ADT Clearwater

1010 Court St
Clearwater

ADT Clearwater

320 Cleveland St
Clearwater

ADT Clearwater

105 N Fort Harrison Ave
Clearwater

ADT Clearwater

20 N Fort Harrison Ave
Clearwater

ADT Dade City

15312 Citrus Country Dr. SuiteB
Dade City

ADT Lakeland

320 S New York Ave
Lakeland

ADT Saint Petersburg

226 1st Ave N
Saint Petersburg

ADT Sarasota

2291 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota

ADT Security services

224 S Missouri Ave
Lakeland

ADT Security Services

3634 Highland Fairways Boulevard
Lakeland

ADT Security Services Inc

701 S US Highway 301
Tampa

ADT Security Services, Inc

8222 118th Ave
Largo

ADT St Petersburg

226 1st Ave N
Saint Petersburg

ADT St Petersburg

561 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg

ADT St Petersburg

525 Mirror Lake Dr N
Saint Petersburg

ADT St Petersburg

1431 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg

ADT St Petersburg

810 15th St N
Saint Petersburg

ADT St Petersburg

1-99 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg

ADT Tampa

4809 E Busch Blvd # 206
Tampa

ADT Tampa

101-199 S Ashley St
Tampa

ADT Tampa

1210 N Franklin St
Tampa

ADT Tampa

1425-1499 S Howard Ave
Tampa

ADT Tampa

1308 W State St
Tampa

ADT Tampa

1301 W Cass St
Tampa

ADT Tampa

111 W Fortune St
Tampa

ADT Tampa

2200-2298 W Morrison Ave
Tampa

ADT Tampa

601 S Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa

ADT Tampa

401 Channelside Dr.
Tampa

ADT-Tampa Signal

PO Box 10981
Tampa

ADVANCE ELECTRONIC SOLUTION LLC

19717 Courtney Jo Ln.
Lutz

Advantage Security Corp

7205 Pat Blvd
Tampa

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALARM CENTER INC

1115 N COMBEE RD
Lakeland

ALARM TECHNOLOGY INC

228 ESCAMBIA DR
Winter Haven

All About You Security Services

3057 22nd ave. so.
St. Petersburg

All Phase Security, Inc

114 49th St S
Saint Petersburg

All Secure Alarms Systems

1001 Susan Dr
Lakeland

ALLCOM SOLUTIONS

7220 PINEHAVEN DR
Lakeland

American Computer Telecom

12546 Starkey Rd
Largo

AMERICAN SPRINKLER INC

2829 BADGER RD
Lakeland

AMERICAN WIRELESS ALARM INC

4450 NORTHGATE CT
Sarasota

Atlantis Insurance Agency, LLC

2722 Manatee Ave W Ste 3
Bradenton

Audio Advice, Inc.

11409 Carolina Place Pkwy

AUTOMATED GATES & ENGINEERING

5555 W Linebaugh Ave Ste 303
Tampa

BAY ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS

3016 Land O Lakes Blvd.
Land O Lakes

Becco Construction

4706 E 10th Ave
Tampa

Behaeddin Cameras LLC

All of florida
Kissimmee

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

Blue Tree Security

4731 W Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach

BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS

700 Carillon Park Suite 1
Saint Petersburg

Bright House Networks

3505 E Frontage Rd
Tampa

Buccaneer Trading & Loan

1775 Emerald Dr
Clearwater

Buccaneer Trading & Loan

1775 Emerald Dr
Clearwater

CAR TUNES

113 S. LITHIA PINECREST ROAD SUITE D
Brandon

CCT Management Group Inc.

4440 E. Adamo Drive
Tampa

CHRISTIAN ELECTRICIAN

4130 PALMETTO AVE SE
Highland City

D&M Network,CCTV Solutions

1928 Bonneville Dr
Orlando

Devcon Security

6202 Benjamin Rd Ste 100
Tampa

Devcon Security

6202 Benjamin Rd
Tampa

Dynamark Security Systems

3230 Parkside Center Cir
Tampa

DYNAMIC HOME THEATER

2286 MONTANO ST
Deltona

Elder Ford of Tampa

9560 N Florida Ave
Tampa

ELKINS REPAIR SVC

2912 US HIGHWAY 17 N
Winter Haven

EMG Alarm

1301 SARASOTA CENTER BLVD
Sarasota

Ensurity Protective Services, Inc.

1121 West Price Blvd.
North Port

Expert Security Professionlas LLC.

4620 Castlewood Rd
Seffner

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

GATES Audio Cable & Networking LLC

3713 Skipper Trail
Lake Wales

GENERAL ALARM CORP

2240 HWY 92 E
Lakeland

GENERAL ALARM CORP

2927 WARRINGTON AVE
Lakeland

Guardian Alarm of Florida

1189 Hypoluxo Rd
Lantana

Guardian Protection Services Inc

4710 Eisenhower Blvd
Tampa

Guardian Protection Svcs

174 Thorn Hill Rd

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

HAMILTON CO

1598 Havendale Blvd
Winter Haven

HARTLINE CO SECURITY & ALARMS

401 N SCENIC HWY
Lake Wales

Hitech Home Systems

8108 William st.

Hive

311 South Willow Avenue
Tampa

Home Theater Lakeland Winter Haven

2107 East Edgewood Drive
Lakeland

HOWARDS RECOVERY

7914 US HIGHWAY 98 N
Lakeland

HYPERLINK SECURITY

P.O. Box 706
Lithia

Ibex Tech Corp.

12355 Sw 129th Ct
Miami

IHK SECURITY LLC

8800 66th St N
Pinellas Park

IHK Services LLC

8800
66Th Street N

Intelligent Environments

3421 Lacewood Rd
Tampa

KIMARK AUDIO

4750 Mainsail Dr
Bradenton

KINCAID ELECTRICAL SVC

318 S SCENIC HWY
Lake Wales

lakeland imperial lock & security systems

111 N Valrico Rd Ste A
Valrico

Lakeland Locksmith

4204 S Florida Ave
Lakeland

Leader Security Systems

PO BOX 15673
Sarasota

LifeWatch USA

266 Merrick Rd

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

Masada Security

539 81st Ave N
Saint Petersburg

MGQ & ASSOC INC

1719 E. Columbus Drive
Tampa

Monitronics Security

2350 Valley View Ln

Mr. Security

1055 S Tamiami Trail, Suite 100
Sarasota

MULBERRY AUTO

103 SE 6TH AVE
Mulberry

My-Alarm

PO Box 1485
Lutz

NATIONAL SECURITY ALARM

321 N KENTUCKY AVE
Lakeland

Nations Security

PO Box 2239
Lutz

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

On Call Answer Center

10402 Camp Mack Road
Lake Wales

ONGUARD SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

913 E ROSE ST
Lakeland

OTS Mobile Audio

3166 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar

Outlawed Customs, Inc

1649 S Myrtle Ave
Clearwater

Performance Pit Shop

1231 W Brandon Blvd
Brandon

Phalanx Security Consultants

100 South Belcher Road
Clearwater

Piper Fire Protection, Inc

521 Commerce Dr S
Largo

Piper Fire Protection, Inc.

1595 Barber Rd
Sarasota

Prime Environments

6383 Sturbridge Court
Sarasota

Pro1 Alarm

3626 Wilkinson Rd.
Sarasota

Property Services by Musitech

7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

Protection 1 Tampa

5840 W Cypress St
Tampa

PROTURN Property Solutions

634 Blue Taverna Ln
Clearwater

R E JOHNSON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, INC

2170 Main Street, Ste. 201
Sarasota

R S Security Consulting

1765 Carnegie Ave
Clearwater

Radio Alarms

1095 Jupiter Park Dr
Jupiter

Red Hawk Security Services

2852 Pheasant Run
Clearwater

Rico's Performance Works

14100 68th Street North
Largo

RIGHT CONNECTIONS

6534 TIMUCUANS DR
Lakeland

Safeguard Security Services

11150 4th St. N. #3107
Saint Petersburg

Schmitt Inc

17935 U.S. 19
Hudson

SECURE PRO, LLC

333 N. Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa

Security Cameras Tampa - A1OSIS, Inc.

503 E Jackson St #116
Tampa

SECURITY CONCEPTS OF TAMPA

221 CINDY LN
Brandon

SECURITY LOCK & SYSTEMS

7704 Ann Ballard Road
Tampa

Security Protection Systems

4217 N Lauber Way
Tampa

SHEPPARD SECURITY & COMMUNICATION

6602 CAUSEWAY BLVD
Tampa

Signature Systems of Florida

• 405 S Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 209
Tampa

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St.

SkySpeed Innovations

12236 Fox Hound Ln
Orlando

Smart Choice

PO Box 580704
Kissimmee

Smart Home Services LLC

Flat TV & Home Theater
Wesley Chapel

SONITROL

1065 S FLORIDA AVE
Lakeland

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Soundwaves Audio Video Interiors

2107 East Edgewood Drive
Lakeland

SoundWaves Audio Video Interiors Inc

2107 East Edgewood Drive
Lakeland

Specialty Electronic Systems Inc

37919 Heather Plaza
Dade City

ST MORITZ SECURITY SERVICES INC

2054B E Edgewood Dr
Lakeland

State Vacuum of Tampa

3143 W. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa

Stonehenge Construction Group, Inc.

5722 Sea Turtle Pl
Apollo Beach

SUNSHINE STATE SECURITY INC.

8815 CONROY WINDERMERE RD
Orlando

Sure Stop Automotive

108 W BRANDON BLVD
Brandon

Tampa Bay Security Inc

509 Valencia Park Dr
Seffner

ThunderBolt International, Inc.

2660 Cypress Ridge Blvd #102
Wesley Chapel

Titan audio

24925 State Road 64 E
Myakka City

TVinstall.com

5402 West Laurel St
Tampa

Twentyoneav LLC

5151 S Lakeland Dr
Lakeland

Twin Screws Marine Service

2304 Bruner Lane # 2
Ft Myers

VIDEO SECURITY & COMMUNICATION

2951 67TH ST N
Saint Petersburg

VIP AUDIO & SECURITY INC

1601 34TH ST S
Saint Petersburg

Volt Electric USA

31 Gudger Rd

WACKENHUT CORP

1526 COMMERCIAL PARK DR
Lakeland

Wainwright Alarm Service Inc

P.O. Box 2260
Land O Lakes

Walker Enterprises

1903 E 32nd Ave
Tampa

Wescomm Technologies Inc.

15091 Champaign Rd

WESTERN AUTO HOME AND GARDEN CENTER

7101 STATE ROAD 52
Hudson

Yes Electric

2412 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa

Zugzwang Security

659 North Combee Road
Lakeland

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