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"System came in the mail quickly. It was very easy to install and took me less than one hour to complete. When I called the company to activate the system the person" I talked to spoke clear English and was very helpful. Overall experience so far has been great.

-Sean M.

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"When the installer came out they tried to charge me about $2,500 and the system wouldn't work, even after coming out three times. Also, I was charged a service" fee each time. The smoke alarm in between the living area/dining area wasn't even installed properly into the drywall, it kept falling down. I sent pictures to
and they have never done anything. They were an 'F' provider to work with.

-Russell D.

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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 Ewing

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came and installed camera's that replaced an unsatisfactory installation job done by A1OSIS Technology Solutions that had exposed cables, connections and software issues. The
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Team did an excellent job of hiding all cables and connections, camera placement and configuration of DVR. They were on time, pleasant, knowledgeable, professional and cleaned up when finished. We are very satisfied with their work and give them the highest recommendations.
- James C.
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They were on time, very courteous and respective. They cleaned up after the job was completed and showed me how the system worked. I also had new windows put in around a month later, and they came out, disconnected the system and returned once the windows were installed and re-installed the system for a very small fee.
I would highly recommend them.
- Ramona B.
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Self install was easy. System is wireless. I like the monitoring service and the flexibility of the system is great for my use. Support folks are good about resolving issues I've had.
- JOHN P.
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I tried to replace the molding myself and realized the project was more than I could handle so I called them. The salesman was very nice and said they could do it in a few days. He explained we'd need to paint it because the molding only came in certain colors. So we knew that would be something we would do.
When the technician removed the old molding he pulled off the stucco and left us with a mess. He used a chisel to remove the old molding.
The technican said we'd need to caulk the gaps but it is much more than caulk. There are holes in our stucco in the front of our house. He put the new molding up leaving the molding gapping over the holes. To repair it correctly, we will have to hire some one to remove the molding, repair the stucco and then caulk it. We also just noticed the garage door has 3 new dents and scrathces in it which were not there before. I know because I was working on the door before we called them.
I was not home when the work was done. My husband was not aware of the condition of the door before the work was done.
I called the salesman to complain and he said he would get back with us about what they will do. He hasn't called yet although it has only been one day. But I did not see the dents in the door before I called him.
- Susan I.
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After researching alarm companies for months, I selected
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and am now using them for my home and business. They are very responsive, flexible, professional and very good prices. I love the security app which notifies you if the alarm goes off and you can turn alarm on and off from smart phone. Overall, I would highly recommend
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- karen W.
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At first I was a bit concerned because we were having trouble reaching the person who gave us a quote on the system. When I called him out on it, not only did he profusely apologize us, but called us with a better deal based on an Angie's list coupon that had yet to go live. The agent did a refund of our previous payment and then called us to tell us when to check for the new coupon so we could re-order and save a around $150 more than what we had expected to pay.
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made a mistake and went above and beyond to correct it.
- Halie L.
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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.

All Home Security Companies in Ewing, NJ

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1st Security Home Security

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr

A/V Logix

508 Leone Road
Woolwich

Action Security

100 Peoples Drive

ADT Marlton

4003 Lincoln Dr W # L
Marlton

ADT Philadelphia

10067 Sandmeyer Lane

ADT Philadelphia

1907 Chestnut St

ADT Philadelphia

208 N 12th St

ADT Philadelphia

1326-1398 S Penn Square

ADT Philadelphia

1508 Sansom St

ADT Philadelphia

112 N 9th St

ADT Philadelphia

1-99 Avenue Of The Arts

ADT Philadelphia

1301-1323 Drury St

ADT Philadelphia

5201 Parkside Avenue

ADT Phoenix

1705-1799 Chancellor St

ADT Security Services

602 W Office Center Dr

ADT Security Services, Inc

21 Northfield Ave
Edison

ADT Security Services, Inc.

868 Town Center Dr

ADT Trenton

429-499 Ardmore Ave
Trenton

ADT Trenton

38 East State Street
Trenton

ADT Wilmington

1201 North Orange Street

ADT Wilmington

1007 N Orange St

Affordable Solutions

151 Rittenhouse Dr
Deptford

AiCos

2301 N 9th St.

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Allphases Electric llc

6301 HEGERMAN ST

Alpha Omega Security

9 Huxley Circle

ASG Security

1808 Swamp Pike

ATECH SECURITY LLC

122 Walt Whitman Blvd
Cherry Hill

AUTO IMAGES

1740 S DELSEA DR
Vineland

B-Safe Security

109 Baltimore Ave.

BDT Technology

9 Jack Ladder Cir

Best Buy Cam LLC

13 E Plumstead Ave

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

Bigaudiofanatic's Car Services

210 Chestnut Road
Bridgeton

Brunell & Sons Inc

8701 Torresdale Ave

Caola & Company, Inc.

2 Crossroads Drive
Trenton

City Electric Corp.

16 West Stewart Ave.

Code Green Solar

100 E. Evergreen Ave.
Somerdale

CONECTSYS

272 Dunns Mill Road
Bordentown

COPS Monitoring

1041 GLASSBORO RD
Williamstown

Cw Security Service

1810 South Easton Road

D CCTV Security

Cinnaminson

DCD FIRE & SECURITY INC

112 HEATHERTON RD
Woolwich

Diamond Electrical Svcs

34 Hardenburg Ln
East Brunswick

Donnon Contracting LLC

706 Lincoln Dr W

DOUGHTEN & DOUGHTEN LLC

309 GROUND HOG COLLEGE RD

Douglas Home Improvements

1450 Jean Terrace
Plainfield

E-PACS INC

8382 LANGDON ST

Elite Fire Protection Inc.

4020 West Chester Pike

Experience Electrical

20 East Brown Street

FEDERAL ALARM

PO BOX 10040
Trenton

Federal Surveillance Systems

4057 Route 9 North
Howell

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

GAVIN ELECTRIC

101 Rodney Ave
Woodbury

GCSI SECURITY

40A Walnut Street
Williamstown

GEORGE SPARKS INC

273 Richwood Rd
Monroeville

Guardian Protection Svcs

174 Thorn Hill Rd

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N
Old Bridge

Hide A Wire Inc

6029 Rising Sun Ave

High Tech Automotive

7509 Oxford Ave

Independent Alarm

7215 Maple Ave
Pennsauken

inVision Security Group

660 West Germantown Pike

Leones Comp LLC

3232 Penrose Ferry Rd

Life Cycle Solutions Inc

8701 Torresdale Ave STE O

LifeWatch USA

266 Merrick Rd

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

MACHUSAK ELECTRIC INC

PO BOX 3405
Mercerville

MacPhee Electric LLC

8 Cherry Street

Maffei Electric LLC

3 Brotherton Rd
Vincentown

MARCO INC

320 COMMERCE DR

Maximum Security, LLC

600 Beverly - Rancocas Road
Willingboro

MC NEIL SECURITY INC

261 Somerset St
Ewing

MCNS Technologies LLC

608 Chadds Ford Drive

Medford Auto Body

181 Rt 70
Medford

Meenan

113 Main St

MEMP, LLC

9921 Bustleton Ave.

Michael J Ross Electric

2050 Klockner Rd
Trenton

MINIO FIRE & SECURITY

1000 N. Bethlehem Pike

Morrissey's Auto Repair

220 Cuthbert Blvd
Cherry Hill

Morton Electric

2069 Scott St

My Alarm Center

3803 West Chester Pike Suite 100

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

OhmComm, Inc.

619 Washington Ave

Petro Home Services

1701 Sherman Ave
Pennsauken

Petro Home Services

6330 Farm Bureau Rd

Petro Home Services

800 State Rd
Princeton

Premier Electricians

726 anderson ave

PRINCETON ELECTRICAL MAKEOVER, LLC

16 Heritage Blvd
Princeton

PROTECH ELECTRONICS

23 LEXINGTON AVE
Trenton

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

Protection 1 Philadelphia

2490 Boulevard of the Generals

PSE911 LLC

1022 W GERMANTOWN PIKE

Quantum Security Solutions

124 Fairfield Road
Princeton

Re-Volt Electric, LLC

61 S Morton Avenue

RENDIN ALARM CO

109 MAIN ST

SecCom LLC

1019 Alvine Rd.
Elmer

Security Dynamics Inc

1931 S Broad St
Trenton

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St.

Slomin's Inc

125 Lauman Ln

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Spectracom Technologies

5090 Central Hwy
Merchantville

Sure Choice Security

1248 W Main St Ste 13

Tekhna INC

1206 Yorkship Sq
Camden

Topnotch construction

2363 E Dauphin St

Total Home Manager, LLC

31 W Broad St
Hopewell

Universal Enterprise

240 Fleet Wood St.

Venture Property Protection LLC

2151 Brintons Bridge Rd

Warp 7

PO Box10
Sewell

WARRINGTON ALARM COMPANY, INC.

1520 CAMPUS DRIVE, SUITE I

Wescomm Technologies Inc.

15091 Champaign Rd

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