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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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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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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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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 Reading

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provided the system I requested. A few videos on line and one included was very clear and detailed to install the unit by myself. It came as a Do-It-Your-Self system. I am completely satisfied.
After installing and testing, I had a 72 hour trial period prior to activating to a" response mode" in the event of an "Alert" signal.
After the 72 hour period, I received a call from
Reading Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
to see if I had any further questions. I found their Support up to this point has been excellent.
I have a monitoring plan just above the Basic Plan in that I get a Text message every time the system is activated or deactivated. I am pleased with that and feel better that I am totally aware of any activity taking place.
- bruce S.
B

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I have used
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or its predecessors for 5 years.
No problems, but the renewal price kept on getting higher and higher, so I contacted them and asked for a better (senior citizen/long term user) rate and they complied.
- Bill G.
C

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They ended up quoted me higher than they promised and was told the system only covered one door and three windows, even though the telephone rep said different.
- AMY B.
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On Saturday we got a call from the installer saying he's on his way, hours went by, I called him, and they said they were set up to go to a different address, even though we gave them the correct one. They said they couldn't re-task the first installer to come to the correct address, and he wouldn't be able to come to the right one till September 11.
- JOHN O.
B

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It was fine. It was quick at least, but the technician was a bit of a mess. He was not very friendly. He hemmed and hawed about a number of things, including putting coverings on his shoes when he was in the house. He did it, but begrudgingly.
- Heidi O.
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I must mention that
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tech support is very professional, easy to talk to, and helpful. Overall the system works, but having had the experience of many different systems here are my observations. Mainly the hardware is disappointing. The entry sensors are huge and unsightly, about 2-3 times the size of that most systems I have experienced. In contrast the keypad has an extremely small digital display with very small touch keys which makes it easy to make mistakes when punching in codes. In general the hardware has the appearance of CHEAP construction. I was disappointed and felt as if I had been the recipient of the old "bait and switch" tactic regarding the monthly monitoring fee. Angie's list advertises $15 per month without contract, which in part is true, but covers only basic, bare bones monitoring. While going through the set-up process you are constantly being bombarded by screens to the plan options for monitoring. In order to move forward I felt I had to choose a plan, so I selected the basic, just to realize I couldn't access my system remotely, etc. like most other systems in today's
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. Finally, they don't tell you the system doesn't work in conjunction with Apple products. I have a
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, when I called I was informed they are aware of the issue and their technicians are working on the problem and hope to have a solution soon. (So why don't they tell you this in advance, even if in the small print.) I'll keep the system but if I knew then what I know now I would have made another choice. There are many other Alarm companies that provide you with free hardware and installation with a contract, usually 2-3 years. Weighing the quality of hardware, full monitoring services options, and no up-front charges I think it might be better to do a contract, even if the monthly rate is higher.

- Wayne S.
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Excellent job replacing a control box and three keypads with new updated equipment. Would highly recommend this company.
- pat G.
A

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System was installed and we needed a different auto lock -company went above and beyond to find one that matched our type of locks and door. Superior care and service
- Lauri C.

Home Security Companies in Reading, MA

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A 2 Z Tech Services

81 John Street
Newton

AAAA ALARM Service

35 Coachman Ln
Methuen

ACCESS CONNECTIONS

PO Box 2426
Littleton

ACCESS SYSTEMS

90 MONTVALE AVE
Stoneham

ACS Security Group

4 Maple St.
Quincy

Adt

560 Lincoln Street, #6
Worcester

ADT Security

400 Harvey Road, Building D

ADT Security

678 Mass Ave, Suite 7
Cambridge

ADT Security

370 Main St, Suite 888
Worcester

ADT Security

1000 Elm Street, Suite 445

ADT Security

50 Redfield Street, Suite 112
Boston

ADT Security

771 Southbridge Street

ADT Security Services, Inc

410 University Ave
Westwood

ADT Security Services, Inc.

345 Greenwood St
Worcester

ADT Security Services, LLC.

280 Summer Street, Suite 901
Boston

Advanced Network Connections

290 Turnpike Drive
No. Easton

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Alarm Design

5 cortland Circle

Alden Lock & Security Inc

1053 Belmont St
Watertown

All Modern Technologies

31 Booth Road
Dedham

All Pro Quality Painting

103 B Taralli Ter
Framingham

ALL-TECH ELECTRIC INC

1 MALDEN ST
Malden

Andy's Window Tinting

111 Chelsea St
Everett

Anzivino Electric Corp

2 Thomas Street
Woburn

ARCO SECURITY

14 VIRGINIA ST
Boston

Arpino Electric

183 Bacon st
Natick

Atlas Fire Equipment, Inc.

10 Camelot Ct Apt 2E
Brighton

Atlas Glen-Mor

295 Eastern Ave
Chelsea

AUGER ALARMS CORP

1597 MAMMOTH RD
Dracut

Aurora Lighting LLC

19 Verona Street

AUTOMATIC FIRE SYSTEMS

2 TIMBER LN
North Reading

BASCO SECURITY INC

143 PRISCILLA DR
Pembroke

BISESTI ELECTRIC & ALARM CO

PO BOX 447
Peabody

Bogen Electric LLC

35 Healdville Rd
Hubbardston

BOISSONNEAULT ELECTRIC CORP

36 Chuck Drive
Dracut

Bolt Security

53 Lilac Ave

Boomer Mcloud

419 Amherst St

Boston Main Electrical Corp

470 Atlantic Ave
Boston

Boston Security and Alarm

54 Bridge Street
Beverly

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

Brinks Lock & Safe

18 Washington Way

Brookline Lock Co Inc

33 Harvard St
Brookline

Budget Theater 4u

13 Wilshire ln

BUMPER TO BUMPER ACCESSORIES

583 WARREN AVE
Brockton

C.R. O'Neill Inc.

PO BOX 581
Lexington

CAMBRIDGE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS CO

120 HAMPSHIRE ST
Cambridge

CARDOSO ELECTRICAL SERVICES

414 LOWELL ST
Wakefield

Casello Electric

61 Golden Run Rd
Bolton

Cederholm Electrical Contractors

14 Clapp Ave.
Weymouth

Central Automotive Repair & Service Inc

615 Old Connecticut Path
Framingham

CENTURY SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

42 FURNESS ST
Revere

Christopher A Deao Electrician LLC

5 Riverview Dr
Middleton

Cline, Dr. Carolyn A

1 Brookline Pl
Brookline

Cote Electric, LLC

204 Belmont St.

Countryside Service Center

45 and 86 Washington st

D & R Electric Corp

112 Dexter Ave
Watertown

Daigle Servicing Co

214 D Central St

Dan Brown Electric

78 Plain St
Middleboro

Detailz Car & Truck Accessories

925 Turnpike St
Canton

Diamond Fire & Security

407 Walpole St.
Canton

Dr. Home Service LLC.

955 Goffs Fall Road

ELECTRICAL DYNAMICS INC

72 CONCORD ST
North Reading

Elite Theater

74 Summer Street
Kingston

EMERGENCY SIGNAL SYSTEMS INC

91 LAUREL ST
Leominster

FABIANO ELECTRIC Inc.

One Nelson Terrace Suite E
Melrose

FB Electrical Services Inc

50 Kearney Rd
Needham Heights

Frank J O'Reilly Electrical Service

49 , Lexington St
Burlington

Freedom Systems Inc

PO Box 683
Hingham

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

G & G Mechanical

221 Sylvan St
Malden

G J Fontaine Electric

8 Lawrence St
Salem

Galway Electric Co. Inc.

329 Great Plain Ave
Needham

Gary Kuhlman Electric

24 Pinewood Rd
Peabody

GiM Security

18 Bridge Street
Salem

Glynn Services

11 Resnik Rd
Plymouth

hey you

12 main street

House husbands

704 bay drive

iHome Systems

PO Box 1270
Concord

info@iesystemscorp.com

31 June Elaine Drive
Hanson

Inside Wiring by Frederick Wendt

24 Vinton St.
Southbridge

JACK SANBORN & SON INC

8C Industrial Way
Amesbury

James M Butler Electric

10 Cowing St
Westroxbury

JAMES M GAVIN ELECTRICIAN

8 DEARBORN RD
Burlington

JJ GALVIN ELECTRIC

164 ADAMS ST
Newton

John Slavin Electric

3 Rodgers Cir
North Reading

Joseph Bragg Electrician

126 Pringle St.
Tewksbury

Joseph Kelly Electrician

368 W. Broadway
Boston

Joseph Rocheleau Electrician

29 Glendale St
Maynard

JP McCurdy Electrical Services Inc

17 Walnut Rd
Swampscott

JP O'Brien Electric LLP

12 Oakwood Rd
Wilmington

KDA HOME SECURITY

10 REGIS RD
Andover

Kennedy's Auto Repair

186 Main St (Rear)
Weymouth

Kenney Electrical

12 concord street

KLOSTERMANN ELECTRIC

62 NEWPORT DR
Westford

KNIGHT INC

11 SANTUIT LN
Worcester

Krank It Up

185 Mystic Ave
Medford

Kt Home Security, LLC

125 Myrtle St
Melrose

LEISER ELECTRIC CO

8 SIBLEY RD
Weston

Mahoney electric

78 Linwood St
Lynn

Markarian Electric LLC

147 Mount Auburn St
Watertown

Mass Local Biz

17 Federal Street

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Mills Electricial Inc

233 Copeland St
Brockton

MORSE ELECTRIC

577 WETHERSFIELD ST
Rowley

My Virtual Monitoring

923 State Rd
Plymouth

New England Safety Systems, Inc

680 B Richmond St
East Taunton

OpenEye Security

650 Pleasent St
Stoughton

Pann Home Services Inc

247 Salem St
Woburn

Parkway Sound & Security

1871 Revere Beach Parkway
Everett

Pedersen Electrical Svc

PO Box 1443
Saugus

PETE'S GARAGE

33 REAR WADSWORTH ST
Danvers

Philip's Electric LLC

350 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

PK Motor Cars

195 Washington Street
Peabody

Preferred Electrical Corp

200 Jefferson Rd
Wilmington

PRO TECH SECURITY LTD

188 OAKS RD
Framingham

PRO TECHNOLOGIES

PO Box 5404

Promethean Solutions

19 Indian Ln
Marlborough

Protection Technologies

137 Schofield Ave
Dudley

Puccio Electric

21 Reardon Road
Medford

QuoteHero

5115 Douglas Fir Rd

R.A.E.ELECTRIC LLC

235 Ellis RD
Westminster

Rapid Response Electric

4 Jade Walk
Medfield

RAYNE ELECTRIC

PO BOX 633
Lexington

Red Alert Alarms

13 Stagecoach Rd
Topsfield

RELIABLE ALARM SYSTEMS INC

PO BOX 1552
Westford

Robert Downey

685 Boston Rd
Billerica

Robert Hill & Associates

110 Haverhill Road, Suite 376
Amesbury

Ruby Tunes Inc

280 Washington St
North Easton

S &N Heating Specialist

35 longview way
Peabody

Salvato Electric Corp

6 Bristol St
North Billerica

Sarkis Auto Repair

1850 County St
Attleboro

Sasson, Dr. J. Alan

12 Webster St
Brookline

SECURITY ALARM SYSTEMS

PO Box 359
Leominster

SECURITY DESIGN CONSULTANTS

383 University Ave
Westwood

SENSOR ALARM CO.

P.O. BOX 678
Revere

Sentry Protective Systems

8 Irene Ave
Billerica

SGH PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

293 COMMONWEALTH AVE.
Boston

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St
Boston

Sirois Electric Inc

25 B St Ste 1
Burlington

Soffron Electrical

2 Old Town Way
Newbury

SONAGUARD

P.O. Box 301
Holbrook

Sonaguard

P.O. Box 301
Holbrook

Stadtlander Media

20 Columbia Street
Swampscott

Strongmen Waterproofing

P.O Box 852
Stoughton

Superior Communication Services

19 Juniper Lane
Framingham

SVI SYSTEMS, LLC

400 Bedford St

t & g tech group llp

272 south main st

Thibault Electric

106 Gardners Neck Rd
Swansea

TOAD Inc

8 Harborlight Drive
Plymouth

Total Temperature Control

39 W Water St
Wakefield

TPRO Electric

650 Broadway
Malden

TWIN CITY LOCK & KEY

28 AIRPORT RD
Fitchburg

Tyler Megaw Electrician

29 Elm Street
Amesbury

United Remodeling

PO Box 35466
Brighton

VMA Electric Inc

81 Maple St
Marlborough

WJ Nowicki Inc

400 Washington St
Holliston

YANKEE SECURITY SOLUTIONS LLC

5 POMEROY RD
North Reading

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