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"I added a couple of extra wireless contacts to the online $99 deal. These were reasonably priced.
salesman and installer were both great" -- knowledgeable and helpful. This was my first security system and I had lots of questions. They were very patient. I can't yet rate the
monitoring service as I haven't had the system long enough and I haven't needed
to respond to an alarm. But, for installation
Security Pro is great.

-Debra S.

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"At the time of the initial installation in June, 2012, the final cost for parts and service were considerably more than initially quoted. Several "upgrades"" in equipment were necessary to provide the described service. My main complaint, though, is that I was forced to lengthen the service contract by 36 months in February, 2014, in order to replace a lost keyfob, which was necessary to disarm the system when entering through our garage. The replacement keyfob also cost $60. When we sold that home in
of this year, we were informed that we would need to continue the $65/month service charge until February, 2017, because of the contract extension--even though we no longer have a
alarm system. Alternately, we could buy out the $1200 contract.

-Marcy S.

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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Home Security System?

Securing your home is important, but how much does it cost install a security system?

10 Questions to Ask Your Home Security Provider

The security of your home is important. Ask these questions before you make a hire.

Security companies in the D.C. area offer a variety of services to help keep you and your valuables safe. (Photo courtesy of Urban Alarm)
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Dear Angie: How often do I need to replace my hard-wired smoke detectors? And who should I hire to do this? Our 15-year-old system has five detectors. A few are chirping, and it doesn’t stop even when we replace the batteries. – Michael G., Benbrook, Texas

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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 Ashburn

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We orginally had our system wired by LV Systems when we built our house 7 years ago, and were very happy with their service. However,
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bought out LV Systems. The customer service by
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is TERRIBLE! That said, I had them come and upgrade our house to wireless. TNT Security actually did the work, because they have also been bought by
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. The TNT rep was exceptional. He was here on time, was very professional, explained everything to me, and even told me I didn't need several components I had paid for with the TNT salesman, saving me lots of money. So
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? I still do not like them, and they monitor our system. The customer support is rude, and unhelpful. It's hard to give a review and separate TNT from
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; TNT being wonderful, and
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being horrible. I'm stuck wit
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as my security monitor. I am giving them one more year to better themselves. Hopefully they will pay attention to Angie's List reviews.
- Cathy R.
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I've had nothing but a great experience with
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. It started with the customer service experience. I felt at ease making the transition from another company to
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after speaking with the customer service rep. Everything was timely in regards to equipment and follow-up was consistent with other reviews. So far, I'm very pleased with the service and protection that I'm receiving from
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. I've already recommended the system and service to my neighbors.
- Louis A.
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Everything went smoothly. They explained everything, made sure I was comfortable with how to work it. I have all sorts of technology which I thought I didn't need but now I really love having it. They are very responsive every time I call, usually with a
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question that I didn't know the answer to. Really super. I had them in my previous house and I'm glad I have them again. Yes, a little costly but worth it for the piece of mind and efficiency and courteous service. I will always use
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- Patricia B.
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The sales rep was polite and knowledgeable. Of course, she tried to sell add-ons that we didn't feel were needed, but that's her job so no problem. Installed was great; gave thorough instructions on using the control panel.
- BARBARA P.
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They showed up on time and he was cordial and made sure to walk me through what he was saying. From the begging he was clear that the offer I had signed up for only had a few sensors and that if I wanted to wire thoroughly it would be more cost. It was disappointing on the price jump but I was expecting it based on previous experiences with alarm companies....More /> By the time he left everything was working and it has continued working since. He also installed a smoke detector and a CO detector.


- Erick E R.
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They sent the equipment via the mail, with instructions. It is a self-installed system, and it was
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to install. They offer online account tracking which is nice, as well as the ability to monitor your system remotely.
About a year or so after using the system I kept getting error messages that communication with the dispatch center was lost.
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sent me out a different circuit board that was supposed to have stronger wi-fi capabilities (the one I had was from AT&T I believe, and they sent me a replacement which was through Verizon). It required that I replace a little circuit board inside the home base module. It was relatively easy, but I did have to pay close attention to get one of the connections right. This seems to have resolved the issue.
I will say that overall the system has functioned well and
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offers very good customer service. They don't have all of the features as the ADT system that I used to have, such as: 1) The buttons on the keypad are very small and 2) are not backlit, so you can't see in the dark. They do provide with the system a little remote/key fob that you can use to turn the system on and off, so there is a work around, and is a nice option, but also something else to keep up with. 3) The other thing that was nice about the ADT system was that there were lights on the motion detector that would light up when you passed in front of it, which told you that it was working. To test the
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motion detector you have to push a button on top of the sensor, which is very inconvenient because the sensor is positioned high up on the wall for best function.
The price continues to be $14.99/month for basic monitoring, which is fantastic!
- ANDREA L.
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The Installation was quick and professional. Here is the problem: I have used
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in various buildings over the past 30 years. What is not immediately obvious is that
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competes against itself. There is no one
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, there are apparent franchises and the main operation. You must always ascertain which
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you are dealing with. The next problem with
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is that their modus operandi seems to be to give you a price for monthly service and then 6 to 9 months down the road, they tell you the price is going up, usually only by a small amount, so small that you might be inclined to just shrug it off. don't do it. Call and cancel. They will immediately revert to the original price.
- Bruce M.
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All the crew at
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were great, very professional and hard working. They wanted the job to be done right and worked hard to make everything work properly as we had special needs.
- SERGE M.

Home Security Companies in Ashburn, VA

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1st Security

8480 Baltimore National Pike

911 Lock

13778 Lambertina Pl

A HOMELAND SECURITY INC

30 spinning wheel ct

A&A Auto Services

4107 Baltimore AVE

A.P. Security LLC

11564 Overleigh Drive
Woodbridge

Accurate Computer (Richard Roseen)

4518 Gage Rd.
Alexandria

Ackerman Security Systems

6824 Industrial Dr

Adt

2729 Wilson Blvd.,
Arlington

ADT Alexandria

3601 Eisenhower Ave # 300
Alexandria

ADT Alexandria

1501 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria

ADT Alexandria

2 N Clarens St
Alexandria

ADT Alexandria

118 N St Asaph St
Alexandria

ADT Alexandria

110 N West St
Alexandria

ADT Alexandria

3701 Mt. Vernon Ave
Alexandria

ADT Arlington

3904 Wilson Blvd
Arlington

ADT Arlington

522 N Pollard St
Arlington

ADT Arlington

818 N Quincy St
Arlington

ADT Arlington

4711 N Henderson Rd
Arlington

ADT Arlington

501 N Randolph St
Arlington

ADT Arlington

4238 Wilson Blvd
Arlington

ADT Arlington

935 N Stafford St
Arlington

ADT Arlington

901 N Quincy St
Arlington

ADT Arlington

627 N Glebe Rd
Arlington

ADT Arlington Arlington

4213 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington

ADT Clinton

6444 Coventry Way

ADT Clinton

9089 Woodyard Road

ADT Security

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 482

ADT Security Services Inc

45662 Terminal Dr
Sterling

ADT Silver Spring

627 Sligo Avenue

ADT Silver Spring

8081 Georgia Ave

ADT Springfield Springfield

ADT Springfield Springfield
Springfield

ADT Sterling

45662 Terminal Dr # 140
Sterling

ADT Sterling

Sterling

ADT Washington

1600 E St NW

ADT Washington

604 17th St NW

ADT Washington

2112 F St NW

ADT Washington

500 17th St NW

ADT Washington

2151-2199 Constitution Ave NW

ADT Washington

501-599 15th St NW

ADT Washington

1701-1777 F St NW

Aegis Technologies

7609 Airpark Rd

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

All Alarm & Audio Services Inc

14101 Wilard Road
Chantilly

All Covert Security

PO Box 321
Dunn Loring

Alltvinstall

13411 Stonebridge Ter.

AMAZING SECURITY & INVESTIGATIONS, LLC

6321 Greenbelt Road, Suite 9

AMERICAN HOME SECURITY

2655 DUKE ST
Alexandria

Amptech

9605 Ironsides Rd.

ANDERSON CONTROL INC

432 RETREAT RD
Bluemont

ASG Security

12301 Kiln Ct

Astro Communications

7734 Donnybrook Ct
Annandale

Athio Technologies

10743 Fauntleroy Lane
Spotsylvania

Audio Buys Inc

13525 Wellington Cir
Gainesville

AUTOGATE ELECTRIC

5562 Port Royal Rd
Springfield

AV Desigm.llc

5114 woodfield dr

awm electric service

614 larchmont ave

Bailey & Shipp Electric

2822 Solomons Island Rd

Bethesda Systems

4712 Rosedale Ave

Betty List

2703 MEMORIAL STREET
Alexandria

Bordwell Electrical Contracting

25148 Shultz Terrace
Chantilly

Brady Auto's LLC

4647 Hillside Rd SE Apt 3

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

Buri Electric,LLC.

11654 Plaza America Dr
Reston

C & A Electric

4208 48th Street

Cable Connexions LLC

2201 Eastern Blvd.

Cabletek LLC

2426 Cloudcroft Square
Reston

Cabling Systems Incorporated

301 E Main Street
Remington

Caleigh Systems, Inc.

Annandale
Virginia

Carlos Gomez

3612 Freeport Ct
Woodbridge

Carr Security Group

612 Windmill Ln

Chase Systems LLC

10115 Galsworthy Pl

Commtech

19401 Breezedale Lane

Complete Enhancement, LLC

6103 Baltimore Avenue

Condortech Services, Inc.

6621 Electronic Dr
Springfield

CroppMetcalfe

8421 Hilltop Rd
Fairfax

Dave's Heating and Air Conditioning

201 GG Davis Dr
Sterling

Devcon Security

14700 E Flint Lee Rd
Chantilly

DOMINION SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

6705 OAK DR
Alexandria

Eagle Locksmith LLC

10101 Baltimore Ave

Eastern Safe & Lock Inc

6826 Hill Park Dr
Lorton

ECCN Inc.

9207 Enterprise Court Ste. E1
Manassas Park

EMS General Contractors LLC

14614 Birchdale Ave
Woodbridge

Fairfax Auto Repair

9425 Mathy Dr
Fairfax

FIRE BURGLARY ALARMS INC

12321 WILKINS AVE STE A

FIXTALLATIONS LLC

46942 Fairhills Ct
Sterling

Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.

7211-H Telegraph Square Drive
Lorton

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd
Mclean

Gate Logic Security

6920 Braddock Rd
Annandale

Go Safer Security

8347 Cherry Lane

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

HARRIS ELECTRIC

7157 GATEWAY CT
Manassas

Home Appliance Repair

501 Church St NE
Vienna

Home Depot - Annandale

6555 Little River Trnpke
Alexandria

Home Depot - Silver Spring

2300 Broadbirch Dr

Home Technology Source, LLC

1912 Jamestown Rd
Alexandria

Innovative Audio and Video

3630 N Peary St
Arlington

Insulators Home Exteriors

15430 D Old Columbia Pike

Integrated Media Systems

45921 Maries Rd.
Sterling

Intersport II d/b/a Convenience Car Care

9145 Centreville Rd
Manassas

James A Wheat & Sons Inc

7834 Beechcraft Ave

Jim Corridon Electric Company Inc

3909 Railroad Ave
Fairfax

JKJ Electric Inc

25711 Valley Park Ter

JL Auto Services

8041 Queenair Drive Suite 8

Kevson Services Group

5728 Industry Ln

Keyed In LLC

4401A Connecticut Ave NW

Kolb Electric

44964 Underwood Ln
Sterling

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Long Fence

42521 John Mosby Hwy
Chantilly

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Micro Networks - Ashburn VA

21365 Clappertwon Drive
Ashburn

Mid Atlantic Lock and Door

13009 Marthas Choice Circle

Monarc & Property Maintenance Services

2781 HARTLAND RD
Falls Church

MyerConnex

7609 Airpark Rd

N & D Security

4625 Old Dominion Dr
Arlington

New Vision Home Solutions

122 Nassau Drive
Winchester

Next Generation Security Concepts

210 North 21st Street
Purcellville

Nighthawk Security Systems Inc

14907 Ritchie Rd
Centreville

On The Hook Inc.

1114 FAIRFAX PIKE
White Post

Perfect Ins

15709 John Diskin Circle
Woodbridge

PHYLEO Private Investigations, LLC

123 S. Fayette St.
Alexandria

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

Poseidon Systems, Inc.

8532 Horseshoe Lane

Powell's Plumbing

152 Windy Hill Lane
Winchester

PRO FORCE INC

96 HARRY S TRUMAN DR

QuoteHero

5115 Douglas Fir Rd

RAE ENTERTAINMENT

9704 Woodyard Cir

RC 4 Construction, Inc

5504 Peppercorn Drive
Burke

Remodel USA

605 Hampton Park Blvd

RMA BP

1910 Rockville Pike

RNR Cycles

45700 Woodland Rd
Sterling

Rush Co Of North Virginia

5510 Franconia Rd
Alexandria

Safe & Sound Mobile Electronics

8104 Sudley Rd
Manassas

Safe & Sound Mobile Electronics

14508 Lee Rd.
Chantilly

Schubert, Dr. Richard D.

3301 New Mexico Ave NW

SciFiHomes Inc

PO Box 308
Middletown

Shdow, LLC

9403 Grant Avenue
Manassas

Signature Solutions Remodeling LLC

21053 Stanford Square
Sterling

SILENT PARTNER SECURITY SYSTS

61 Main Street
Warrenton

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Staples Electric LLC

12564 Summit Manor Dr
Fairfax

Starlight Security

11579 Edmonston Road

Sublett Services, LLC

7622 Movern Ln
Warrenton

T. Cooper, Inc.

1 Research Court

The Pike Electric

5280 Old alexandri Tpke
Warrenton

TJD Telecom

5028 Croydon Terr.

Trademaster LLC

12138 Central Ave

TVSET

9324 Three Chopt Rd
Henrico

Ultra Guard Security Systems

17700 Muncaster Road

Vintage Security

8220 A Stayton Dr

WATCH GUARD OF POTOMAC

1907 E Beech Rd
Sterling

Wilcox Electric LLC

5602 Tuxedo Rd

Winchester Foreign & Domestic

3070 Shawnee Dr
Winchester

Zaitek Converged Comm. Solutions

7631A Fullerton Rd
Springfield

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