Lake Charles Home Security Companies

in Lake Charles, LA

24
Home Security Companies are
in Lake Charles

11
Home Security Companies in Lake Charles
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Teresa D.
"Initial installation seemed to go very well until the next morning. I set the alarm for away while running kids up to school. My ceiling fan set off the motion detector and the police" showed up minutes after I returned home. I called BSG about the motion detector and they sent a service tech that afternoon. The problem appeared to be solved until I set the alarm away again. I called BSG again and they sent a service tech to address the problem. That tech replaced the motion detector and the problem appeared solved. But it malfunctioned again. This time we decided to just deactivate the motion detector since there was a glass break detector next to it. I have had no issues since then. They were always very responsive to my issues I just wish there had not been so many issues with motion detector.
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Glynis C.
"Efficient, neat and patient. Took time to test and explain all aspects. Subsequent follow up has been very responsive and helpful
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David R.
"These guys are amazing! They are professional, helpful, supportive and clearly experts in their field. They have installed two alarm systems for me over the years and have done work" for many of my referrals, all of whom have thanked me for the introduction.
puts the customer first, second and third and is far more concerned with getting the system the way you want it, than he is with time and billing. His business is built on word-of-mouth and it is easy to understand why he is in such demand.
has had many opportunities to “up-sell” additional equipment and services and every single time, he opts for saving me money, not spending more. It is a rare occurrence indeed when I can actually look forward to a vendor coming to the house.
is such a vendor. If you want a very pleasant, professional and cost-effective security experience, give these guys a call!

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Angie's Answers

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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 Lake Charles

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The sales person was prompt both times. He was friendly and knowledable. He made no complaints nor give us the hard sell when we decided to opt out of one feature on his second visit.

- Harry M.
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We love the home automation features, which have come in handy more than once! One example of a time when we used our home automation was when I was in the hospital giving birth to my daughter. My in-laws arrived from out of state and went straight to our house to let our dogs out. I was able to unlock my front door and disarm my alarm from my hospital bed - how cool is that?!?!
Installation of the alarm was seamless. I called customer service once to change some information on my account - they were pleasant and helpful. I highly recommend
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- Megan W.
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- Not responsive. Frankly pretty lousy. Took more than a week to respond, even after me following up. He stated that he was busy with other clients
- False expectations: upon speaking with
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, he said installation charges would not be much since we already had the system installed. When I asked what that meant, we came to the understanding that it would be a "few to several hundred dollars". He then quoted me $1350 for time, labor, and parts. From his side, he claimed to have never set those expectations with me but I do recall our conversation and am still in disbelief that it would cost that much for a system that is already wired throughout the house. I was floored by the install cost and am disappointed that there wasn't a hint of regret that from his side that there could have been a miscommunication. Frankly, if he had set the right expectations on install cost with me right away, they probably would have retained my business. Turned off by this experience.
- When I questioned him on the install charges, he said if I could find what I needed for the cost I wanted to pay, then he would encourage me to seek out an alternative. I have. I found a number of well-rated companies with far more competitive rates. I felt comfortable to go in a different direction with a company that requires no hard wiring or install tech to come by. Am satisfied thus far.
- Old school: requires a tech to come out and install a hard wired system. Cellular/wireless monitoring is an upgrade.
- I am sure
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has many satisfied customers. Evidently by how busy their sales group is, they probably are doing just fine. However, I was completely turned off by the sales experience and it is a shame that I gave them every
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to retain my business and I came away soured by the process.


- Grace C.
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This is the second system I have had installed by this company. The previous was a replacement from the original service provider I had do the installation when the house was built. As always the employees and owner were professional and friendly. They understood my needs and did not attempt to up-sell additional products that I did not want or need....More /> The installer was also professional and cleaned up after the installation. He worked with me to locate an acceptable location for the master station and answered my technical questions about the system without hesitation. I would definitely use them again.
- ERIC M.
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After having yard items stolen, I purchased a well known brand of cameras at a club discount store. I have no idea why I thought I could install them myself. After plugging the camera into the DVR as an experiment and not getting a picture. I called the professionals.
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from
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, came to my home and gave me a reasonable price for installation of 8 cameras.
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did not even scold me for purchasing cameras before I called. He suggested a smaller less noticeable camera for the front door area. He also suggested a better cable than the one the system came with.The better cable is a must for longer efficiency. The
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employees are quick and efficient. After the installation I decided on one more camera and without any problems his very capable installer and
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,
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, placed the new camera and set up the visual feed. I have a monitor over the DVR and I can view my home from my smart phone and my computer. (any computer for that matter) I cannot say enough about the patience that
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had with my lack of knowledge about I.P. addresses and such. If you need a security system I would certainly recommend
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. I appreciate the neat and clean work that was done. The cameras work very well. If you call
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you will know right away he cares about what the homeowner wants, not just getting the job.
- Deborah M.
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Last month we changed our phone service which interrupted our
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service and needed an upgrade to make our system work properly. At that time we made arrangements to have an
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appointment for a tech to come out and fix our system. We had to choose between 8-12 and 1230-5. We took the 1230-5. Each night our failed system would wake us and our toddler at 120am with a beeping until we hit the cancel button. Excited on the day
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was supposed to show up, I called them after waiting up till 440 with 20min left for the appointment. Waiting on hold for 20min I finally got someone and they told me that the representing company in Riverside called my wife’s cell phone at 820am that morning to reschedule to another day. My wife’s cell had no missed calls and no messages. I asked them if they left a message and they said after being placed on hold many times that they did leave a msg on her cell phone, so at that point I felt they are calling us a liar. So I asked if we were liars or maybe no one called. After round and round trying to find out why no msg or call and who was supposed to show up from where.
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finally admitted that it was their fault they did NOT actually schedule any appointment for us. I said I wanted a technician to my house that day because we are tired of the alarm sounding at 120am waking us and our toddler. That fell on deaf ears, that we simply should turn off our breaker until the tech will arrive. The next appointment was scheduled for a week later(a week later?????? that was the earliest they would come!!!) and I took the earlier 8-12 slot. That day came, at 920am I called to see the status of our tech and was told the tech was going to all me in a few minutes. I got off the phone and waited. An hour and half later I called
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and said I received no call. After holding for many minutes,
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told me they had called earlier to reschedule AGAIN, (
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). I was trying so hard not to blow my top. They were just too busy to make it that day was the explanation (no call or msg on mine or my wife’s cell either, hmmm trend?). After explaining I had already done this a week earlier the phone scheduler (place on hold again for several minutes) said they could send someone out in the afternoon slot. After spending hours on hold on the phone and over 10hrs of time waiting at home (no recomp for lost time at work of over 10hrs) for an appointment to show, our alarm was updated and working. I am placing this YELP review on the Riverside
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office because it was the parent office of
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that blames them for the missed appointments and missed reschedule messages. The tech that finally did show up was pleasant, did not have any badge/credentials on him at the door until I asked for them in which he had to go back to his van to get them. Also on the final paperwork there are plenty of spots to initial that I was explained how the system works, also how to do many things you need to operate the system in which I asked him about those spots on the form to which he replied "I didn't change anything and it is exactly the same". Not the truth, our door chime that is on was now not on any more. What else are we going to find? Also asked for a manual for our system to which her replied "It is an outdated system and they no longer carry the manual". I ask myself, why do I still have
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in my house.....
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DID NOT FEEL LIKE A VALUED CUSTOMER but more like an inconvenience.
- Brian C.
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and
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came to our door to offer their services right around the time my husband and I were thinking of installing an alarm system in our house. Our neighborhood is calm and quiet, however there had been a wave of break-ins and drug related incidents, so we knew we wanted to feel safer whenever we left our house alone. After talking and having them explain to us the different options in systems and installations, we felt it was something we could move forward with.

Both of them provided us with all the answers we needed and thoroughly explained all the details and differences between them and their competitors. After that, and couple of days later they had a technician come and install the system in our house. The install went smoothly and it was very quick. So far we have not had any issues and everything seems to be going very well.
- Lourdes C.

All Home Security Companies in Lake Charles, LA

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AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

CROWN SECURITY

613 ALAMO ST
Lake Charles

CROWN SECURITY

2175 ARYN LN
Lake Charles

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

Home Theater Store

302 E Parkway Dr

INTERFACE SECURITY

2200 E PRIEN LAKE RD
Lake Charles

INTERFACE SECURITY

2200 E Prien Lake Rd
Lake Charles

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

Pacific Garage Doors & Gates Inc

6442 Coldwater Canyon Ave

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

RED ALERT SECURITY SVC INC

542 THERIOT RD
Lake Charles

SAFE AMERICA SECURITY SYSTS

4901 COMMON ST
Lake Charles

SafeMart

522 W. Bertrand Avenue

Security One

11601 Wilshire Blvd

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St.

SONITROL SECURITY SYSTEMS

2200 E PRIEN LAKE RD
Lake Charles

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