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"I added a couple of extra wireless contacts to the online $99 deal. These were reasonably priced.
salesman and installer were both great" -- knowledgeable and helpful. This was my first security system and I had lots of questions. They were very patient. I can't yet rate the
monitoring service as I haven't had the system long enough and I haven't needed
to respond to an alarm. But, for installation
Security Pro is great.

-Debra S.

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"At the time of the initial installation in June, 2012, the final cost for parts and service were considerably more than initially quoted. Several "upgrades"" in equipment were necessary to provide the described service. My main complaint, though, is that I was forced to lengthen the service contract by 36 months in February, 2014, in order to replace a lost keyfob, which was necessary to disarm the system when entering through our garage. The replacement keyfob also cost $60. When we sold that home in
of this year, we were informed that we would need to continue the $65/month service charge until February, 2017, because of the contract extension--even though we no longer have a
alarm system. Alternately, we could buy out the $1200 contract.

-Marcy S.

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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 Winslow

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We orginally had our system wired by LV Systems when we built our house 7 years ago, and were very happy with their service. However,
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bought out LV Systems. The customer service by
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is TERRIBLE! That said, I had them come and upgrade our house to wireless. TNT Security actually did the work, because they have also been bought by
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. The TNT rep was exceptional. He was here on time, was very professional, explained everything to me, and even told me I didn't need several components I had paid for with the TNT salesman, saving me lots of money. So
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? I still do not like them, and they monitor our system. The customer support is rude, and unhelpful. It's hard to give a review and separate TNT from
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; TNT being wonderful, and
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being horrible. I'm stuck wit
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as my security monitor. I am giving them one more year to better themselves. Hopefully they will pay attention to Angie's List reviews.
- Cathy R.
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I've had nothing but a great experience with
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. It started with the customer service experience. I felt at ease making the transition from another company to
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after speaking with the customer service rep. Everything was timely in regards to equipment and follow-up was consistent with other reviews. So far, I'm very pleased with the service and protection that I'm receiving from
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. I've already recommended the system and service to my neighbors.
- Louis A.
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Everything went smoothly. They explained everything, made sure I was comfortable with how to work it. I have all sorts of technology which I thought I didn't need but now I really love having it. They are very responsive every time I call, usually with a
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question that I didn't know the answer to. Really super. I had them in my previous house and I'm glad I have them again. Yes, a little costly but worth it for the piece of mind and efficiency and courteous service. I will always use
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- Patricia B.
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The sales rep was polite and knowledgeable. Of course, she tried to sell add-ons that we didn't feel were needed, but that's her job so no problem. Installed was great; gave thorough instructions on using the control panel.
- BARBARA P.
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They showed up on time and he was cordial and made sure to walk me through what he was saying. From the begging he was clear that the offer I had signed up for only had a few sensors and that if I wanted to wire thoroughly it would be more cost. It was disappointing on the price jump but I was expecting it based on previous experiences with alarm companies....More /> By the time he left everything was working and it has continued working since. He also installed a smoke detector and a CO detector.


- Erick E R.
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They sent the equipment via the mail, with instructions. It is a self-installed system, and it was
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to install. They offer online account tracking which is nice, as well as the ability to monitor your system remotely.
About a year or so after using the system I kept getting error messages that communication with the dispatch center was lost.
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sent me out a different circuit board that was supposed to have stronger wi-fi capabilities (the one I had was from AT&T I believe, and they sent me a replacement which was through Verizon). It required that I replace a little circuit board inside the home base module. It was relatively easy, but I did have to pay close attention to get one of the connections right. This seems to have resolved the issue.
I will say that overall the system has functioned well and
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offers very good customer service. They don't have all of the features as the ADT system that I used to have, such as: 1) The buttons on the keypad are very small and 2) are not backlit, so you can't see in the dark. They do provide with the system a little remote/key fob that you can use to turn the system on and off, so there is a work around, and is a nice option, but also something else to keep up with. 3) The other thing that was nice about the ADT system was that there were lights on the motion detector that would light up when you passed in front of it, which told you that it was working. To test the
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motion detector you have to push a button on top of the sensor, which is very inconvenient because the sensor is positioned high up on the wall for best function.
The price continues to be $14.99/month for basic monitoring, which is fantastic!
- ANDREA L.
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The Installation was quick and professional. Here is the problem: I have used
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in various buildings over the past 30 years. What is not immediately obvious is that
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competes against itself. There is no one
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, there are apparent franchises and the main operation. You must always ascertain which
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you are dealing with. The next problem with
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is that their modus operandi seems to be to give you a price for monthly service and then 6 to 9 months down the road, they tell you the price is going up, usually only by a small amount, so small that you might be inclined to just shrug it off. don't do it. Call and cancel. They will immediately revert to the original price.
- Bruce M.
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All the crew at
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were great, very professional and hard working. They wanted the job to be done right and worked hard to make everything work properly as we had special needs.
- SERGE M.

Home Security Companies in Winslow, ME

Companies below are listed in alphabetical order. To view top rated service providers along with reviews and ratings, Join Angie's List Now!

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

Kilowatt Electric

PO Box 28
Monmouth

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

M S ELECTRIC INC

9 Pine St
Randolph

Main Security Surveillance

36 Anthony Ave
Augusta

Marvel Electric

7 Woodman Mill Rd
Burlington

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Northeast Security Systems, Inc.

110 Bradford Road; PO Box 1566
Wiscasset

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

ZeroThree Media

13 Clinton St
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