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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.

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.





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.

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 Schenectady


After researching a number of different security companies I selected a
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system, the cost of the system itself was less than $300 but I decided to pay for 3 years monitoring service at the same time. Total cost for the system and the 3 years monitoring was about $1,300. I have now used the system for about 5 months and am extremely happy with both the system, the monitoring, and the customer service. I have had a number of occasions to call CS to ask questions and discuss options and always found them easy to contact and very helpful.
- Rick G.

I installed sensors, motion detector, smoke/fire alarm as directed in the quick setup guide. Was easy to do, even for an electronically challenged person such as myself! I called
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to activate the system, and was walked step by step through all instructions for the system, which worked perfectly. I purchased my alarm system from
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based on the high ratings given by not only Angie's List members, but reviews from other websites as well. I am not disappointed - the system works great, and was easy to install just as most all claims stated.
- Mark J.

We signed up for
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in 2010. We elected to have the cost of the equipment spread over three years.
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's account systems apparently aren't set-up to drop that charge at the end of three years, so it continues until the customer calls to question it. (It isn't broken out on the bill. You just receive a total montly charge for equipment and service). When I called, the agent offered to drop the charges starting immediately, but said that she couldn't back date the charges. I asked for a supervisor. He offered to credit me for only ONE year of charges. I requested the full two years credit and finally got it. However, this was only after the supervisor lectured me that as a consumer, I was responsible for monitoring my charges. I know I need to monitor my charges, but companies need to ensure that they are ethical in their billing practices or they are setting themselves up for a class-action suit and lots of bad press.The issue was finally resolved to my satisfaction, but I'm very disappointed in their billing practices and will start looking for a new provider. The issue was finally resolved to my satisfaction, but I'm very disappointed in their billing practices and will start looking for a new provider. .
- Emily G.

Both the sales team and the installation technician were friendly, clean and generally efficient in their work.
- Rebecca F.

It turned out fine and I had no problems. The installation was pretty
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and the monthly monitoring fee is $34.99. The customer reps were very pleasant and helpful. The customer service was excellent.
- Mary R.

We sent it back because it wasn't what we expected and we thought it was too expensive to maintain. The product itself was fine. It was over the top for what we needed though. The company had no problem taking the return. They were very responsive.
- G H H.

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came over to evaluate the current system in my house and made suggestions for installing a system that met my needs. He scheduled my installation at a convenient time, prior to me going out of town for a few days.
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installed the system and answered all of my additional questions. Both were punctual and polite.
- Kenneth G.

Do yourself a favor and call
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. Despite US being late to our home consultation appointment -
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was extremely professional, informative and zero pressure. I've had an alarm system in different homes for over twenty years with numerous providers. Hands down,
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was the most upfront and one of the more competitive priced providers out there! Installation with Nick was equally impressive. Professionalism in spades. Thank you
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and Nick for a great experience (in what traditionally is a painful process of switching providers)!

- Keith K.

All Home Security Companies in Schenectady, NY

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A-1 quality septic & drain

2503 Duanesburg Rd

ADT Albany

5 Pine West Plz # 510

ADT Schenectady

1311 Nott St

ADT Security Services, Inc

ROUTE 9 BOX 1407 STE 3
Clifton Park

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Ambrose Electric Inc

790 Watervliet Shaker Rd

Appolo Heating Inc

868 Burdeck St

B&H Photo Video Pro Audio

420 9th Ave
New York

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd


1604 ROUTE 9
Clifton Park

Creative Stone Work By Stone Wall Masonry Inc

882 OBrien Avenue


PO BOX 2351

Dragons Electric

2929 Plunkett Ave

Father & Son Home Improvements

114 9th Street
Saratoga Springs


1568 Spring Hill Rd.

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N



Hire Her Home Improvement Inc.

P.O. Box 742
Mohegan Lake




14 Interstate Ave

Joseph P Mangione Inc

75 Chruch St.
Saratoga Springs

Joseph P Mangione Inc

187 4th St

JPH Property Solutions, LLC

1121 McClellan Street

Lifenet Alert Systems LLC

15 Bryant Ave

LifeWatch USA

266 Merrick Rd

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

M & C Electric

Clifton Park

Maasai Contracting LLC

33 Mountain Brook Drive
Cold Spring

Morris Wiring Service

4 Spring Landing Blvd


3330 Cumberland Blvd

Nolan's Art LLC

Glens Falls



Priority Connections

3 Computer Drive West Suite 119

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr







Secure Image Systems LLC

39 Valley Stream Rd

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St.

Socket Doctors

4850 Golden Parkway

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road
Kings Park

Stone creek electric LLC

396 silver spur rd west





Towne TV-Audio & Appliance

3125 Carman Rd


819 ROUTE 66



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