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A hospital is a healthcare institution that provides treatment through specialized staff and equipment. Patients receive medical, surgical or psychiatric care from physicians, nurses and other staff members.

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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

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.

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.

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.


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.




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!

Hospitals in Forest Lake, MN

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Abbott Northwestern General Medical Asso

2800 Chicago Ave

Allina Health Highland Park Clinic

2120 Ford Pkwy
Saint Paul

Allina Health Mental Health

PO Box 43

Allina Hospice

710 E 24th St

Allina Medical Clinic - Blaine

10705 Town Square Dr NE

Allina Medical Clinic - Champlin

11269 Jefferson Highway

Allina Medical Clinic - Hastings

1285 Nininger Rd

Allina Medical Clinic - Women's Health

3960 Coon Rapids Blvd NW

Allina Medical Clinic Woodbury

8675 Valley Creek Rd
Saint Paul

Apria HealthCare

1645 Energy Park Dr
Saint Paul

Aspen Medical Group - Bandana Square

1021 Bandana Blvd E
Saint Paul

Belmero Inc. PeopleSoft Experts for Hospitals

8362 Tamarack Village #119-214

Children's St Paul

345 N Smith Ave
Saint Paul

Community UHCC

2001 Bloomington Ave


1925 1ST AVE S

Donald, Dr W Brooks

2220 Riverside Ave

Dryer, Dr. John D.

9825 Hospital Dr

Entira Family Clinics

4786 Banning Ave
White Bear Lake

Fairview Southdale Weight Loss Clinic

6405 France Ave

Fairview Clinics - Apple Valley

15650 Cedar Ave S
Saint Paul

Fairview Clinics - Bass Lake

6320 Wedgwood Rd N

Fairview Clinics - Bloomington

600 W 98th St

Fairview Clinics - New Brighton

1151 Silver Lake Rd
New Brighton

Fairview Clinics – Burnsville

303 E Nicollet Blvd

Fairview Clinics – Highland Park

2155 Ford Pkwy
Saint Paul

Fairview Clinics – Princeton

919 Northland Dr

Fairview Clinics – Uptown

3033 Excelsior Blvd

Fairview Clinics – Wyoming

5200 Fairview Blvd

Fairview Home Care and Hospice

2450 26th Ave S


Saint Paul


2450 Riverside ave

Ganzer, Dr. Peter J

303 E Nicollet Blvd

Graham, Dr. Dawn L.

9750 Rockford Rd

Graham, Dr. Kevin J.

920 E 28th St

Grenz, Dr. Karla R

11269 Jefferson Hwy N

Health Partners


Health Partners

640 Jackson St
Saint Paul

Health Partners

3930 Northwoods Dr
Saint Paul

Health Partners Health Center For Women

2635 University Ave
Saint Paul

HealthEast Oakdale Clinic

1099 Helmo Ave N
Saint Paul

HealthEast Woodbury Clinic

1875 Woodwinds Dr
Saint Paul

HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics

2251 Connecticut Ave S

HealthPartners Coon Rapids Clinic

11475 Robinson Dr NW
Coon Rapids

HealthPartners Riverside Urgent Care

2220 Riverside Ave

HealthPartners West Urgent Care

5100 Gamble Dr
Saint Louis Park

Heller, Dr. John E

7450 France Ave S

Kazim, Dr. Mumtaz A.

5301 Vernon Ave S

Mayo Clinic Health System

301 Second St NE
New Prague

Mercy Unity Vascular Center

4050 Coon Rapids Blvd NW

Midwest Surgery Center

2080 Woodwinds Dr
Saint Paul

New Ulm Medical Center

1324 5th St N
New Ulm

Niemi, Dr. Vanda R

2828 Chicago Ave

Noran Neurological Clinic / Minneapolis

2828 Chicago Ave

Park Nicollet Clinic

2001 Blaisdell Ave

Park Nicollet Clinic

6490 Excelsior Blvd # W300

Park Nicollet Clinic

3931 Louisiana Ave S
St Louis Park

Park Nicollet Clinic Brookdale

6000 Earle Brown Dr

Park Nicollet Clinic Creekside

6600 Excelsior Blvd

Park Nicollet Clinic Maple Grove

15800 95th Ave N
Maple Grove

Park Nicollet Clinic Shakopee

1415 Saint Francis Ave



Park Nicollet Clinic-St Louis Park

3850 Park Nicollet Blvd
St. Louis Park

Park Nicollet Health Services

15800 95th Ave N

Planned Parenthood - St Paul

1700 Rice St
St Paul

Regina Medical Center

1175 Nininger Rd

Richfield Medical Group

6440 Nicollet Ave

Ridgeview Medical Center

500 S Maple St

Smileys Clinic

2020 E 28th St

Southdale OB/GYN Consultants

3625 W 65th St

St Cloud Hospital

1406 Sixth Av N
Saint Cloud

St Joseph's Hospital

45 W 10Th St
Saint Paul

Sterner, Dr. Barbara J

12940 Harriet Ave S

Stillwater Medical Group PA

1500 Curve Crest Blvd W

Thorson, Dr. David C.

4786 Banning Ave
Saint Paul

U M Physicians Heart at Fairview

720 Washington S E

Unity Hosp. Allina Health System

550 Osborne Rd NE

University of Minnesota Children's Hospital

2450 Riverside Ave

University of Minnesota Medical Center

2450 Riverside Ave


13600 CO RD 11

Veker, Dr. Steven J

3925 W 44th St

Whittier Clinic

2810 Nicollet

Women's Health Consultants

121 S 8th St

Woodwinds Health Campus

1875 Woodwinds Dr
Saint Paul

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