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"The installation was excellent. Their installer really know how to fish wiring through my difficult 100+ year old home. He took pride in his work, and was thorough." He explained the operation of the system, programmed it per my needs, etc. The company with whom they subcontracted the monitoring allowed their license to expire in Colorado Springs. Thus, I was paying for the illusion of a monitored alarm, or more accurately, an alarm that was monitored for no reason, as the police refused to respond when called by the monitor due to the monitoring company's license having expired. If I hadn't needed the police to respond and had them refuse, I would have never known. Caveat Emptor. For this reason, I switched monitoring companies. I purchased outright from
the panel as well as the installation, and fulfilled a term contract for monitoring of the system. Without my knowledge or consent,
changed a dealer/installer code in my panel from the factory default to their own code in order to lock down my system. There is no way to reset this code to the factory default without the new code -- you must have the code they changed it to or you are shafted. This week, I needed to alter my panel, so I tried using the factory default installer/dealer code and discovered what had been done. I called
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), who confirmed that such is their company policy, and they want $98.50 to return control of my panel to me. This is identical to the cellular providers locking their phones to their network and then refusing to unlock them when you pay off the phone -- a practice that is now illegal. I don't know if this practice is legal for the alarm industry, especially since they did not subsidize my panel in any way, but I feel that it is unethical. I will say that the employees at
are friendly, and the company is probably in the top 20% of alarm providers, in spite of my two very substantial problems with them. The industry as a whole has some shady practices, and is not always competent, so
Alarm looks good only in comparison. I'm dissatisfied with them, but would likely be more dissatisfied with many of their competitors.

-James W.

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"Equipment arrived as expected, setting up was very easy. I've had the system for almost 2 yrs. now and it work great, they have responded immediately on every" time the alarm has gone off accidentally. The app is great and it's you control other devices (HAVC, Lights, outlets) Im very happy with the service and the ease of use. Thanks! J

-jeronimo 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 Dowagiac

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Nighthawk did a great job with our security system. Their sales representative,,
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did a complete evaluation and took the time to make sure we were informed of all our options so that we could choose the right system to meet our needs. Their technician,
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was excellent. He installed the system and ran wires in the walls so that you could not see them. He instructed us on the use of the system and made sure we were comfortable operating it. A few days after installation, we turned off the power to our shop to do some wiring and the monitoring system immediately called us to report that they had a power outage alert to our shop. They are efficient! So far we are very pleased.
- Nancy C.
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System works as promised. The cellular service where the system is located (
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Head Island, SC) has spotty coverage for the T-Mobile cellular connection that was originally provided. I called customer service they shipped my a Verizon replacement circuit board with
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to follow directions. They even credited my account for the time it took to replace the part.
Have had the system in use for 6 months now with no problems!
- Craig M.
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We were contacted within 15 minutes of inquiry. They were very thorough with the explanation of the product and services. We received the equipment within a week. It was easy to install and the activation from
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representatives was thorough and professional. We are so much happier with this system than any we have had in the past.
- Jane R.
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The site survey started with the Rep arriving 20 mins late for the appt. , only after I called her to see if she was still coming.
She walked through and gave us a verbal quote for the system and monitoring. She had no physical info (pamphlets, brochures, or visual aides of any kind) to give us.
I asked her for a written quote, which she said she would email to me. 2 days later, still having not received it, i emailed her to remind her of the quote. After 2 more days, and still having not received a written quote, I emailed
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Customer Service.
They were very apologetic and asked if they could refer my account to another rep. I responded yes.
The next day I got a written quote from the original Rep, but was not contacted by a new rep.
There are too many Security
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is unfamiliar with Customer Service and Respect.
- Matthew C.
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Everything went very well.!
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the owner came to give us an estimate. He is very knowledgeable and is not a hard sell. Listened to our concerns and made some suggestions. His price was very reasonable, and he comes exactly when he says he will. It was a pleasure dealing with him as he is polite, responsive, punctual and communication was exceptional. Also, price of monitoring service is very fair. Highly recommended!!!
- Sharon & Gene L.
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If Guardian salespeople and installers sold and installed other services, life would be so much better. They are some of the best service providers!
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did a fabulous job!
- Francis F.
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They were excellent throughout the entire process. We spoke with two people one sold us the unit and the other walked us through how to set up the unit, they were very professional and friendly.
- Michael W.
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They were here prompt and on time. The work took them about an hour as they went ahead and checked my entire system to ensure all was working properly once they reprogrammed everything.
- Mike W.

All Home Security Companies in Dowagiac, MI

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ADT Kalamazoo

101-199 N Pitcher St
Kalamazoo

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St
Roseville

Batteries Plus Bulb

5228 S. Westnedge Ave.
Portage

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

Communicating Technologies LLC

67796 M152 Unit 4
Dowagiac

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

Guardian Alarm of Michigan

20800 Southfield Rd
Southfield

HAAS SYSTEMS

57140 Woodhouse Dr
Dowagiac

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

SafeMart

522 W. Bertrand Avenue

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St.

Wescomm Technologies Inc.

15091 Champaign Rd
Allen Park

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