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"We could not be more pleased!! Our dining chairs are better now than when we purchased them! They are so comfortable and look fantastic!! We needed a solution" to our sofa cushions sagging.
knew right away it wasn't the cushions but the frame. He created a support under the cushions and the sofa now is very comfortable! We are so pleased the the work!
is very courteous, punctual, knowledgeable, and did everything he said he would do, when he said he would do it! We highly recommend him!!

-Robert N.

"I contacted designer/buyer
to have new seat cushions made. We made an appointment to meet at her shop so I could select the fabric.
" also has a website so you can make your selection online if you prefer. At our meeting, she showed me a number of fabrics and I made my selection. I also decided to have matching pillows made.
gave me an estimate for the date of completion and notified me when the cushions were ready. She actually had them ready earlier than promised. The cushions and pillows are beautiful and well-made.


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If possible, always visit the upholstery shop to ensure that it's a clean environment and the work is being completed on site, says Harvey. (Photo courtesy of Bahama Upholstering)

Should I hire an upholstery professional for my furniture?

Many people have no idea of the costs or benefits in reupholstering a piece of furniture. Learn how upholstering can benefit your current furniture.

An upholsterer can revitalize an older piece of furniture with new fabric and even restructuring. While the work can be costly, it can be worth it to preserve a well-made item. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Catherine R.)


Upholstering is the process of covering a high-quality piece of furniture, antique or keepsake with materials such as fabric and padding. Freshen the look of a room by giving furniture a new look.

Experts say reupholstery can give older, quality furniture a good-as-new look. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Krystal C., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
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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!

Upholstering reviews in Ottumwa


I was really impressed the first time; this past time not so much. I was less impressed. It took them forever to get the pieces back to me. It's good. It's not bad or anything like that. But I just was not as impressed as I was the first time around. I can't say exactly what. With regard to punctuality, it was months. They kept telling me that I would have it next week or in two weeks. It went on and on. If we are in a hurry, that's not the place we want to go to. They were just playing me or something; I
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’t know. They were just taking forever. They were apparently doing everybody else's stuff first. My couch was done about two months after I originally took the stuff in which was a long time already. Then my chair was another four months after that. I
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’t know why they didn’t do my chair the same time as my couch. The couch was around $600 and the chair was $175. The price is fairly reasonable.
- Jenny M.

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Haven returned my call promptly. We sent him pics of the chairs. We discussed a price and he agreed to bring samples of the material. Or we could pick our own fabric at
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fabrics. He came to the house and brought fabrics. He had the perfect color and we agreed on a price. He removed the coushion and back of the chairs. He said they would be finished by December 18. He called yesterday and the chairs were ready to be delivered on December 8. The chairs look fabulous. He did a great job and he was prompt, courteous, and professional!
- Ruth S.

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worked with me to find the perfect upholstery material to recover a well-loved wingback chair. She made several calls about various materials. Finally, we found a fantastic pattern in just the right colors. It was originally $130 per yard, but
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was able to get it for $50 per yard. I did verify the original price online. I got quite a deal, since
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was willing to spend the extra time calling the manufacturer. She also recommended an upholstery professional. I had already seen his name on Angie's List. However, a recommendation from
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carried the day. His work Was exemplary. I love my chair's new look.
This was my second time recently working with the folks at
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. I plan to continue using them for any
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- Connie D.

Our experience with
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has always been great! We have had them to completely redo (foam, cushions, everthing) a full size couch that had pet stains and several chairs. The couch we thought was ruined, but they took it down to the frame, put all new foam and padding, and even changed the shape of the cushions and arms for us. It turned out perfect. They have re-done a 100+ year old chair for us, also down to the frame and even straightened the frame. I would not hesitate to recommend
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to anyone.

It was a very good experience. They came out even understanding that they were following a problematic job. They took a
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to come out and see if they could help us out. The tech came out not knowing if he could help or not and he took a whole lot of time to address the problem and find the right solution to correct the other company’s mistakes..
- Richard S.

I gave the specs for the seat and back cushions and requested a plastic cover to go under the upholstery cover for the seat cushion in addition to upholstery covers. I supplied the fabric for the upholstery covers because I needed them to be washable and the provider did not have that in stock.
The cushions are great and comfortable and easy to handle.
The provider also made arm covers for another chair. He provided the fabric and charged a minimal amount.
Many thanks.
- Gillian F.

This obviously was miscommunication with this company, but Kat was very gracious and resolved things with me, saying they would refund the money I spent on service. Thanks to Kat, I would not hesitate to use their service again.
- Georgeanna H.

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