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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 Shrewsbury

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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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A2 Systems

15 New England Executive Park
Burlington

AAAA ALARM Service

78 EVERETT ST
Lawrence

ACCESS CONNECTIONS

PO Box 2426
Littleton

ACS Security Group

4 Maple St.
Quincy

ADT

Weston

ADT Boston

3 School St
Boston

ADT Boston

55 Court Square
Boston

ADT Boston

18-32 Tremont St
Boston

ADT Boston

36 Pinckney St
Boston

ADT Boston

24 Clinton St
Boston

ADT Boston

2-12 Hancock St
Boston

ADT Boston

144-154 Cambridge St
Boston

ADT Boston

30 Winter St
Boston

ADT Boston

82-84 Chestnut St
Boston

ADT Boston

246 Tremont St
Boston

ADT Boston

1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston

ADT Brockton

122 Main Street
Brockton

ADT Cambridge

377 Walden St
Cambridge

ADT Cambridge

444 Broadwayq
Cambridge

ADT Cambridge

217 Concord Ave
Cambridge

ADT Cambridge

24 East St
Cambridge

ADT Lowell

150 Industrial Avenue East
Lowell

ADT Lowell

1141-1165 Massachusetts 3A
Lowell

ADT Lowell

28 Ware St
Lowell

ADT Lowell

230-248 Appleton St
Lowell

ADT Lowell

50 East Merrimack St
Lowell

ADT Manchester

231-301 N Maple St

ADT Manchester

62 Lowell St

ADT Manchester

61 Lowell St

ADT Manchester

271-309 Orange St

ADT Newton

267 Centre Street
Newton

ADT Quincy

247 Hancock Street
Quincy

ADT Raleigh

700 South Salisbury Street
North Attleboro

ADT Security Services, Inc

345 Greenwood St
Worcester

ADT Security Services, Inc

410 University Ave
Westwood

ADT Worcester

55 Pearl St
Worcester

ADT Worcester

507 Main St
Worcester

ADT Worcester

521 Main St
Worcester

ADT Worcester

30 Front St
Worcester

ADT Worcester

200 Gore Road
Webster

Advanced Network Connections

290 Turnpike Drive
No. Easton

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Alarm Design

5 cortland Circle

All Pro Quality Painting

103 B Taralli Ter
Framingham

American Alarm & Communications

297 BROADWAY
Arlington

Arpino Electric

183 Bacon st
Natick

ASG Security

340 C Fordham Rd
Wilmington

Atlas Fire Equipment, Inc.

10 Camelot Ct Apt 2E
Brighton

AUGER ALARMS CORP

1597 MAMMOTH RD
Dracut

Aurora Lighting LLC

19 Verona Street

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

BLACK LAB ALARM

300 Wildwood Ave Suite 220
Woburn

Bogen Electric LLC

35 Healdville Rd
Hubbardston

BOISSONNEAULT ELECTRIC CORP

36 Chuck Drive
Dracut

Bolt Security

10 Dorrance St

Boomer Mcloud

419 Amherst St

Boston Security and Alarm

54 Bridge Street
Beverly

Brinks Lock & Safe

18 Washington Way

BRISTOW ELECTRIC CO INC

74 FOREST ST
Attleboro

Budget Theater 4u

13 Wilshire ln

BUMPER TO BUMPER ACCESSORIES

583 WARREN AVE
Brockton

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

Chris Killam Electric

63 Cherry St.
Shrewsbury

Cline, Dr. Carolyn A

1 Brookline Pl
Brookline

Compro Boston Inc

68 Broadway
Arlington

Countryside Service Center

45 and 86 Washington st

D & R Electric Corp

112 Dexter Ave
Watertown

Dan Brown Electric

78 Plain St
Middleboro

Dave Simpson Electrician

155 Wedgewood Rd
Worcester

Detailz Car & Truck Accessories

925 Turnpike St
Canton

Diamond Fire & Security

407 Walpole St.
Canton

Eaglestar Security

9 Main St
Sutton

ELECTRICAL DYNAMICS INC

72 CONCORD ST
North Reading

Elite Theater

74 Summer Street
Kingston

EMERGENCY SIGNAL SYSTEMS INC

91 LAUREL ST
Leominster

Fazio Electric Inc

Centerville
Centerville

FB Electrical Services Inc.

161 North st Suit 4
Newtonville

FIRST ALARM LLC

100 Trade Center
Woburn

Freedom Systems Inc

PO Box 683
Hingham

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

GIOMBETTI ELECTRIC, INC.

401 SOUTH ST
Marlborough

Glynn Services

11 Resnik Rd
Plymouth

hey you

12 main street

House husbands

704 bay drive

iHome Systems

PO Box 1270
Concord

Inside Wiring by Frederick Wendt

24 Vinton St.
Southbridge

JACK SANBORN & SON INC

8C Industrial Way
Amesbury

James M. Butler Electric

122 central av
Hyde Park

JJ GALVIN ELECTRIC

164 ADAMS ST
Newton

John Slavin Electric

3 Rodgers Cir
North Reading

KDA HOME SECURITY

10 REGIS RD
Andover

Kennedy's Auto Repair

186 Main St (Rear)
Weymouth

KLOSTERMANN ELECTRIC

62 NEWPORT DR
Westford

KNIGHT INC

11 SANTUIT LN
Worcester

Krank It Up

185 Mystic Ave
Medford

LEISER ELECTRIC CO

8 SIBLEY RD
Weston

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

Loughlin Electric, Inc.

20 Industrial Road
Wrentham

Mass Local Biz

17 Federal Street

Mills Electricial Inc

233 Copeland St
Brockton

My Virtual Monitoring

923 State Road
Plymouth

Nardone Electrical Corp

100 Winchester St
Medford

NATIONAL FIRE & SECURITY

5 Lamplighter Dr
Shrewsbury

New England Safety Systems, Inc

680 B Richmond St
East Taunton

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

Northern Lights Electric Inc

50 Orne St
North Attleboro

OpenEye Security

650 Pleasent St
Stoughton

Parkway Sound & Security

1871 Revere Beach Parkway
Everett

Pedersen Electrical Services

28R Ballard Street
Saugus

PETE'S GARAGE

33 REAR WADSWORTH ST
Danvers

Philip's Electric LLC

350 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington

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

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

Protection Technologies

137 Schofield Ave
Dudley

Puccio Electric

21 Reardon Road
Medford

R & M ELECTRIC CO

18 HOWE AVE
Shrewsbury

R.A.E.ELECTRIC LLC

235 Ellis RD
Westminster

Rapid Response Electric

4 Jade Walk
Medfield

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

Salvato Electric Corp

6 Bristol St
North Billerica

Sasson, Dr. J. Alan

12 Webster St
Brookline

SECURITY ALARM SYSTEMS

PO Box 359
Leominster

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

Startec Communications

8 Pequot Way
Canton

Superior Communication Services

19 Juniper Lane
Framingham

t & g tech group llp

272 south main st

TOAD Inc

8 Harborlight Drive
Plymouth

TOTAL SECURITY

West Roxbury

Troymade

1 summerhill ave
Worcester

Tyler Megaw Electrical Services

29 Elm Street
Amesbury

United Remodeling

PO Box 35466
Brighton

VELTEK INTERNATIONAL INC

915 HARTFORD TPKE
Shrewsbury

VMA Electric Inc

81 Maple St
Marlborough

WACKENHUT CORP

690 GRAFTON ST
Shrewsbury

Watts Control, Inc.

300 Eliot St.
Ashland

WAYNE ALARM SYSTEMS

424 ESSEX ST
Lynn

Wye-Delta Electric Inc.

170 Sherman St
Canton

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