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was only allowed to offer their smoke detectors as backups, and since I didn't have" any he could not install them as primaries. No charge for this advice. He explained how to disconnect the intimidating looking wires (which had motivated my request for this service), so I was able to do it after all! No charge!

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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 Dearborn

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Dearborn, MI

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1st Security

8480 Baltimore National Pike

2 Wire Doc's

13000 W. 8 Mile Rd.
Oak Park

5LINX

Detroit

A J ELECTRIC

7600 33 mile road
Romeo

A-1 INTEGRITY LOCKSMITH SVC

6531 Sturbridge Ln
Canton

A2 Customs

3880 jackson rd

AAA ALARM CO

5953 CHASE RD
Dearborn

ACS Electric LLC

1353 E Gunn Rd
Rochester

Act Now Alarm

20874 Colman St
Clinton Township

ADP

5850 Mercury Dr
Dearborn

ADT Detroit

Detroit

ADT Security

277 Gratiot Ave, Suite 552
Detroit

ADT Security Services, Inc

1400 E Avis Dr
Madison Heights

ADT Security Services, Inc

44720 Helm St.
Plymouth

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St
Roseville

Alarm Systems Plus LLC

43662 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights

ALERT HOME INSPECTION INC

30830 Hunters Dr Apt 22
Farmington

All Pro Audio Video

3189 Goodrich St
Ferndale

Auto One Glass & Accessories

30639 Ford Rd
Garden City

AUTOALARMPRO.COM

15932 Angelo Dr
Macomb

AV Concepts

1141 Otter Ave
Waterford

AVIO Inc- Troy-Petoskey

2700 Industrial Row
Troy

Awesome Audio/Video Solutions LLC

13322 Cogswell
Romulus

Axent Digital

28317 Beck Rd
Wixom

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS

700 CARILLON PKWY

Bright Power Solutions Inc

45100 Sterritt St Suite 106

Brink's Home Security Inc

11918 Farmington Rd
Livonia

Bryant Contracting

25915 Hunters Ln
South Lyon

CENTRAL ALARM SIGNAL INC

13400 W 7 MILE RD
Detroit

CENTRONIC SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

7234 YINGER AVE
Dearborn

Concealed Security Systems Inc

16342 Northville Rd
Plymouth

Connect My Service

375 W Grand Blvd
Detroit

CONTINENTAL PROPERTY PRTCTN

23399 Commerce Drive
Farmington Hills

Critical Signal Technologies

27475 Meadowbrook Rd
Novi

Custom Design Security & Sound Inc

31411 West Eight Mile Rd
Livonia

CyberNet Solutions

3250 Old Farm lane
Commerce

D BEST ELECTRIC SECURTIY CO

19354 JAMES COUZENS HWYS
Detroit

DEFENDER SECURITY INC

38883 STEINER CT
Clinton Township

Devcon Security

3880 N 28th Terrace

DTM PAINTING

5702 218th Ave. E.

E & E Tech

37055 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia

Echo Delta Technologies

5876 Meldrum
Casco

Electric One

25268 Orchard Grove
Southfield

EXPERIENCE ELECTRIC

336 LONGFELLOW
Inkster

Express Handyman

4202 Pioneer Dr
Commerce Twp

F E Moran Security Solutions

5155 N Shadeland Ave

F E Moran Security Solutions

30801 Barrington St
Madison Heights

Fire And Security Tech, Inc

po box 638
New Baltimore

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

GLOBAL SECURITY INC

1815 PACKARD ST
Ann Arbor

Guardian Alarm of Michigan

20800 Southfield Rd
Southfield

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

HITCH HOUSE USA

12855 Levan Rd.
Livonia

Howlett Technologies

1933 Swarthout Road
Pinckney

Inskeep Media and Production

8255 Rattalee Lake Road
Clarkston

INTERSTATE SECURITY INC

51233 ORO DR
Utica

J.R. And Sons Services

23254 Croft Ave
Flat Rock

Jack's Auto Repair Shop

3120 Fort St.
Lincoln Park

JAMES WHITE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

6340 village park drive
West Bloomfield

K-9 Patrol LLC

26144 Pennie Street

Lake Electronics Group, LLC

2045 E West Maple Rd Ste D-401
Commerce Township

Lion Technologies, LLC

PO Box 81058
Rochester

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

Lombardo Restoration

9399 Mitchell St
Hamtramck

Low Voltage Systems

15814 Amore
Clinton Township

M.E. TECH, Inc.

3533 East Pond Lane
Lake Orion

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road
Northville

Metro Cinematics

27560 Ponchartrain St
Harrison Township

Metro Construction & Restoration

19110 Canterbury Dr
Livonia

MULTIGARD SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

23825 MILITARY RD
Dearborn Heights

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

Nomax Technologies, LLC

39058 Memory Lane

Oak Electric Service Inc

5492 Dixie Hwy
Waterford

OnStar

PO Box 1027
Warren

Pioneer Alarm

Dearborn

Precision Sound

PO Box 685
Warren

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

PROTECTED ACCESS SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

3311 ORCHARD LAKE RD
Keego Harbor

Protection 1 Security Solutions

1725 E 14 Mile Road
Troy

PROTECTION SYSTEMS

1700 ORMOND RD
White Lake

Rader Electric Co Inc

1272 E West Maple Rd
Walled Lake

ROMEO PROPERTY MAINT

676 LAWSOW DR
Lake Orion

SAFE TECH SYSTEMS

5280 Dixie Hwy
Waterford

SECURITY DESIGNS INC

14700 FARMINGTON RD.
Livonia

SELECTRONICS LIMITED INC

3525 ELIZABETH LAKE RD
Waterford

SHELLY PINKERTON CORP

121 WALNUT BLVD
Rochester

SHIELDS USA

6645 SCHAEFER RD
Dearborn

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Stand-Gard Security Systems

38200 Elmite
Harrison Township

SUNDOWN SECURITY

8179 PARKSIDE DR
Westland

Sunset Security LLC

P.O. Box 863
Erie

SUPER CLEAN MAIDS INC

40817 JUSTIN DR
Sterling Heights

Vigilant Inc

221 Felch St
Ann Arbor

Watchdog Security

21455 Melrose Ave
Southfield

WAVES

2966 TALL PINE LN
Shelby Township

WEBER SECURITY GROUP INC

95 S ROSE ST
Mount Clemens

Wescomm Technologies Inc.

15091 Champaign Rd
Allen Park

Westland Lock & Key

35665 Ford Rd
Westland

Woodward Electrical Services LLC

8440 Kenberton
Oak Park

WYANDOTTE ALARM CO

1409 OAK ST
Wyandotte

Your Neighborhood Lock & Security LLC

875 mapleknoll ave
Madison Heights

Z's Lockout Service

33011 Kennedy dr N
Fraser

Ziehm Electric

29265 Grandview
Harrison Township

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