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"I installed sensors, motion detector, smoke/fire alarm as directed in the quick setup guide. Was easy to do, even for an electronically challenged person such as" myself! I called
to activate the system, and was walked step by step through all instructions for the system, which worked perfectly. I purchased my alarm system from
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in 2010. We elected to have the cost of the equipment spread over three years.
's account systems" apparently aren't set-up to drop that charge at the end of three years, so it continues until the customer calls to question it. (It isn't broken out on the bill. You just receive a total montly charge for equipment and service). When I called, the agent offered to drop the charges starting immediately, but said that she couldn't back date the charges. I asked for a supervisor. He offered to credit me for only ONE year of charges. I requested the full two years credit and finally got it. However, this was only after the supervisor lectured me that as a consumer, I was responsible for monitoring my charges. I know I need to monitor my charges, but companies need to ensure that they are ethical in their billing practices or they are setting themselves up for a class-action suit and lots of bad press.The issue was finally resolved to my satisfaction, but I'm very disappointed in their billing practices and will start looking for a new provider. The issue was finally resolved to my satisfaction, but I'm very disappointed in their billing practices and will start looking for a new provider. .

-Emily G.

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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 Shreveport

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Both the sales team and the installation technician were friendly, clean and generally efficient in their work.
- Rebecca F.
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It turned out fine and I had no problems. The installation was pretty
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and the monthly monitoring fee is $34.99. The customer reps were very pleasant and helpful. The customer service was excellent.
- Mary R.
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We sent it back because it wasn't what we expected and we thought it was too expensive to maintain. The product itself was fine. It was over the top for what we needed though. The company had no problem taking the return. They were very responsive.
- G H H.
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came over to evaluate the current system in my house and made suggestions for installing a system that met my needs. He scheduled my installation at a convenient time, prior to me going out of town for a few days.
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installed the system and answered all of my additional questions. Both were punctual and polite.
- Kenneth G.
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Do yourself a favor and call
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. Despite US being late to our home consultation appointment -
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was extremely professional, informative and zero pressure. I've had an alarm system in different homes for over twenty years with numerous providers. Hands down,
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was the most upfront and one of the more competitive priced providers out there! Installation with Nick was equally impressive. Professionalism in spades. Thank you
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and Nick for a great experience (in what traditionally is a painful process of switching providers)!

- Keith K.
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, the technician, arrived within the specified window. He was courteous, meticulous and knowledgeable. Although the job took much longer than he anticipated, he communicated with me and was extremely helpful. My husband and I were doing some work of our own around the house, when our drill broke he graciously offered to lend us his. We have used
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on our previous home - our experiences with them have always been top-notch & extremely responsive.
- Hang N.
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Hooked up two sensors and they quickly lost connection. One sensor was about 20 ft away from the base and the other was roughly 30 ft away, but neither would hold a signal to the base. The cellphone bluetooth signal also wouldn't stay connected. They gave me a few different suggestions to get a better signal, but I didn't feel those suggestion were necessarily going to address all of my issues. The system didn't give me a good sense of security and I decided to send the system back and request a refund.
- Jimmy E.
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The service went well. I also ordered some extra things from them for an additional fee. They got the security system to me in a timely manner. I like the system and it was
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to set up. It works well. The staff answers the phone quickly and has been helpful each time I had to call.
- Steve T.

All Home Security Companies in Shreveport, LA

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Access Security Systems Inc

299 Lasalle St
Shreveport

ADT

9435 MANSFIELD RD
Shreveport

ADT Security Services, Inc

9435 Mansfield Rd
Shreveport

ADT Shreveport

7820 Millicent Way # 407
Shreveport

ADT Shreveport

150 Freestate Blvd
Shreveport

ADT Shreveport

300-406 Island St
Shreveport

ADT Shreveport

104 Market Street
Shreveport

ADT Shreveport

1800 Milam St
Shreveport

ADT Shreveport

711 Horseshoe Blvd
Bossier City

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALL THE FACTS

2620 Centenary Blvd Ste 142
Shreveport

Alliance Security

1314 E. Washington St.
Shreveport

AMERICAN SECURITY LLC

1442 HAWN AVE
Shreveport

ARGUS FIRE & SAFETY SYSTEMS

495 W 61ST ST
Shreveport

ASC BRINKS SECURITY DEALER

7820 MILLICENT WAY
Shreveport

AUTOMOBILE RECOVERU BUREAU

PO Box 435
Shreveport

BAYOU SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

6560 Youree Dr Ste 1009
Shreveport

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

CENTURY TEL SECURITY

506 CADDO ST
Shreveport

COLGIN FIRE & SAFETY

Timber Ridge Dr
Keithville

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

GUARDIAN ALARM SYSTEMS INC

5870 Greenwood Road
Shreveport

Home Theater Store

302 E Parkway Dr

HOMELAND SAFETY SYSTEMS

724 W 61st St
Shreveport

INTERBEE INFORMATION SVC INC

PO Box 53225
Shreveport

Interface Security Systems LLC

1520 N Hearne
Shreveport

ITG INTEGRATED TECH GROUP

1513 W DALZELL ST
Shreveport

J & J Pro Touch Painting

601 Dudley Dr
Shreveport

J & J Pro Touch Painting

601 Dudley Dr
Shreveport

J & J Pro Touch Painting

4321 S Fairway Dr
Shreveport

LifeWatch USA

266 Merrick Rd

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

METROPLEX ALARM & CONTROLS INC

3015 KARLA CIR
Shreveport

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

RIVER CITY FIRE PROTECTION INC

2911 WILLIAMSON WAY
Shreveport

Savage Surveillance

122 Ardmore Ave
Shreveport

SECURITY CONCEPTS SVC ALARMS

602 CROCKETT ST
Shreveport

SECURITY SOLUTIONS

444 OLIVE ST
Shreveport

Shreveport Security Systems, Inc

1431 Wilkinson Street
Shreveport

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St.

SONITROL OF SHREVEPORT

1520 N HEARNE AVE
Shreveport

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Sound Minds

1800 Texas Ave.
Shreveport

VANTRONICS SECURITY SYSTEMS

9706 SAINT VINCENT AVE
Shreveport

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