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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 Kent

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provided the system I requested. A few videos on line and one included was very clear and detailed to install the unit by myself. It came as a Do-It-Your-Self system. I am completely satisfied.
After installing and testing, I had a 72 hour trial period prior to activating to a" response mode" in the event of an "Alert" signal.
After the 72 hour period, I received a call from
Kent Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
to see if I had any further questions. I found their Support up to this point has been excellent.
I have a monitoring plan just above the Basic Plan in that I get a Text message every time the system is activated or deactivated. I am pleased with that and feel better that I am totally aware of any activity taking place.
- bruce S.
B

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I have used
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or its predecessors for 5 years.
No problems, but the renewal price kept on getting higher and higher, so I contacted them and asked for a better (senior citizen/long term user) rate and they complied.
- Bill G.
C

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They ended up quoted me higher than they promised and was told the system only covered one door and three windows, even though the telephone rep said different.
- AMY B.
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On Saturday we got a call from the installer saying he's on his way, hours went by, I called him, and they said they were set up to go to a different address, even though we gave them the correct one. They said they couldn't re-task the first installer to come to the correct address, and he wouldn't be able to come to the right one till September 11.
- JOHN O.
B

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It was fine. It was quick at least, but the technician was a bit of a mess. He was not very friendly. He hemmed and hawed about a number of things, including putting coverings on his shoes when he was in the house. He did it, but begrudgingly.
- Heidi O.
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I must mention that
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tech support is very professional, easy to talk to, and helpful. Overall the system works, but having had the experience of many different systems here are my observations. Mainly the hardware is disappointing. The entry sensors are huge and unsightly, about 2-3 times the size of that most systems I have experienced. In contrast the keypad has an extremely small digital display with very small touch keys which makes it easy to make mistakes when punching in codes. In general the hardware has the appearance of CHEAP construction. I was disappointed and felt as if I had been the recipient of the old "bait and switch" tactic regarding the monthly monitoring fee. Angie's list advertises $15 per month without contract, which in part is true, but covers only basic, bare bones monitoring. While going through the set-up process you are constantly being bombarded by screens to the plan options for monitoring. In order to move forward I felt I had to choose a plan, so I selected the basic, just to realize I couldn't access my system remotely, etc. like most other systems in today's
Kent Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
. Finally, they don't tell you the system doesn't work in conjunction with Apple products. I have a
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, when I called I was informed they are aware of the issue and their technicians are working on the problem and hope to have a solution soon. (So why don't they tell you this in advance, even if in the small print.) I'll keep the system but if I knew then what I know now I would have made another choice. There are many other Alarm companies that provide you with free hardware and installation with a contract, usually 2-3 years. Weighing the quality of hardware, full monitoring services options, and no up-front charges I think it might be better to do a contract, even if the monthly rate is higher.

- Wayne S.
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Excellent job replacing a control box and three keypads with new updated equipment. Would highly recommend this company.
- pat G.
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System was installed and we needed a different auto lock -company went above and beyond to find one that matched our type of locks and door. Superior care and service
- Lauri C.

Home Security Companies in Kent, WA

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25/7 Protection Inc

17750 W Valley Hwy
Seattle

A-1 Central Vacuums

612 NE Flagstone Ln
Bremerton

ADI

7617 S 180th St
Kent

Adt

517 North 85th,
Seattle

Adt

3216 S 23rd St, Suite F3
Tacoma

ADT Auburn

22 A St SW
Auburn

ADT Bellevue

136 102nd Ave SE
Bellevue

ADT Bellevue

10510 Main St
Bellevue

ADT Bellevue

100-198 103rd Ave NE
Bellevue

ADT Bellevue

216 Union St
Seattle

ADT Issaquah Issaquah

50 E Sunset Way
Issaquah

ADT Kent

325 Washington Avenue South
Kent

ADT Lakewood

9316 Lakeview Ave SW
Lakewood

ADT Olympia

1013 Capitol Way S
Olympia

ADT Olympia

1125 Washington Street SE
Olympia

ADT Seattle

400 Spring St
Seattle

ADT Seattle

400-498 Madison St
Seattle

ADT Seattle

300-398 Spring St
Seattle

ADT Seattle

901 8th Ave
Seattle

ADT Seattle

1112 4th Ave
Seattle

ADT Seattle

1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle

ADT Seattle

201-299 12th Ave
Seattle

ADT Seattle

14111 Ne 145th Street
Woodinville

ADT Seattle

1314 Madison St
Seattle

ADT Security

2100 124th Ave NE, Ste 111
Bellevue

ADT Security

3901 S Fife St, Suite 208A
Tacoma

ADT Security

2200 6th Ave, Suite 467
Seattle

ADT Security Services

427 W Meeker St
Kent

ADT Spanaway

201 160th St S # 204
Spanaway

ADT Tacoma

1114-1120 Broadway
Tacoma

ADT Tacoma

1122-1132 Broadway
Tacoma

ADT Tacoma

1101-1299 Court C
Tacoma

ADT Tacoma

930-1098 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma

AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPE CORPORATION

2203 S. 120TH STREET
Seattle

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALERT SECURITY INC

PO BOX 393
Renton

All County Lock and key

19924 19th Ave NE
Seattle

ALL TECH SYSTEMS

PO BOX 1393
Marysville

All Wire Electric Inc

3034 SW Charlestown St
Seattle

ALLIED FIRE & SECURITY

1015 Central Ave N
Kent

Allways Locksmith

325 Washington Ave S
Kent

Allways Locksmith

218 Main St
Kirkland

Allways Locksmith

18827 Bothell Way NE
Bothell

Allways Locksmith

16625 Redmond Way
Redmond

Alpine Electrical Construction LLC

704 228th Ave NE #492
Sammamish

Altair Locksmith Shop

200 SW Michigan St #177
Seattle

AS YOU WISH ELECTRIC

825 S STACY ST
Seattle

AUDIO TECH

10516 Bridgeport Way SW
Lakewood

Auto Doctor

11434 DesMoines memorial dr

AUTO MOBILE AUTO & TRUCK RPR

Beacon hill
Seattle

AUTO-PRO AUTO REPAIR

3560 NE 4TH ST
Renton

Avant Alarm LLC

13914 25th Ave W
Lynnwood

AVI Solutions

28125 48th Ave S
Auburn

Big Dog Electric

14122 94th Ave E
Puyallup

Black Sheep Electric

4320 196th St SW
Lynnwood

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

BROOKS EQUIPMENT CO

22009 68TH AVE S
Kent

BULGER SAFE & LOCK

11502 LAKE CITY WAY NE
Seattle

Burdick's Security

4700 Rainier Ave S
Seattle

Burien Toyota Scion

15025 1st Ave S
Seattle

C & C Stereos

5327 so leo st.

C & R Electric, Inc

919 SW 150th St Suite A
Burien

CAR STEREO PLUS

1233 164TH ST SW
Lynnwood

Castle Electric

17647 SE 121ST PL
Renton

CBK Electrical Inc

1043 E 43rd Street Ct
Tocoma

CDT Electric, LLC

P.O. Box 1732
Snohomish

Citilights Electric Inc

9792 Edmonds Way
Edmonds

CNC Autodesign

13310 Bel-Red Road #203
Bellevue

Columbia Fire, Inc.

111 S Findlay St
Seattle

Converged Green

227 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue

Crawl Space Solutions

8118 Stinson Ave
Gig Harbor

DAN DAN THE LOCKSMITH MAN

220 N 1ST ST
Shelton

David Schumer MD

202 N Division St
Auburn

DEFINITIVE AUDIO

6017 ROOSEVELT WAY NE
Seattle

DemoCompany

Bellevue

DIGITAL CINEMA DESIGN

6419 SE 2nd St
Renton

Discrete Dynamics LLC

2800 1st Avenue, Box C-12
Seattle

Divine Protection

PO Box 691
Everett

Dynamic AVI

25922 47th Ave court east
Graham

Eco Electric

3010 77th Ave SE Ste 300
Mercer Island

EMERALD FIRE

11021 CRAMER ROAD KP N
Gig Harbor

EMERALD FIRE LLC

6613 S 192ND ST
Kent

ESI Security Inc

2908 Meridian Ave E
Puyallup

Evergreen Security

8115 Broadway
Everett

Executive Alarm Service, LLC

210 E. Blaine Street
Seattle

FIRE ONE INC

20656 84TH AVE S
Kent

Fire One Inc

21412 84th Ave S
Kent

Fireshield Inc

5202 Olympic Drive STE 200
Gig Harbor

Freedom Systems, Inc.

3507 SW Alaska St
Seattle

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

FROULA ALARM SYSTEMS INC

861 INDUSTRY DR
Seattle

Fuller Electric

1220 South 356th Ave
Federal Way

Fusion9 Design LLC

23401 48th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace

GO2 Elelctric LLC

422 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma

HANDYWORKS

PO BOX 1495
Maple Valley

HILL CUSTOM HOMES

6869 KIMBALL DR
Gig Harbor

Holmes Electric

600 Washington Ave S
Kent

HOMESTAR SECURITY

19009 33rd ave w
Lynnwood

ICON Audio Technologies

3509 57th St Ct NW
Gig Harbor

Innovative Home Theater

p.o. box 5606
Everett

Integrated Living Solutions

20126 Ballinger Way NE
Shoreline

Integration Northwest LLC

242 S Sams St
Monroe

INTELLISYSTEMS INC

PO BOX 592
Port Orchard

Intuitive Integration LLC

2125 196th St. SW.
Lynnwood

IUEC

972 Stone Brook DR SW
North Bend

J & J CABLE SERVICES

10917 32ND DR S E
Everett

KEMLY ELECTRIC INC

1148 NW 50TH ST
Seattle

Lander Electric Service, LLC

13680 NE 16TH ST
Bellevue

LINE-X NORTHWEST

5306 pacific hwy E suite E
Tacoma

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

McGinnis Electric LLC

PO Box 1283
North Bend

MD MARINE ELECTRIC

672 E 11TH ST
Tacoma

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road

Metro Link Security Integration

914 164th St SE
Bothell

Mister Sparky

10728 16th Ave SW
Seattle

Mobile Mechanic Service LLC

8103 239th st e
Graham

More Than Audio

12321 36TH AVE NE
Seattle

My Alarm Center

2414 SW Andover St.
Seattle

Neeson Electric LLC

PO Box 727
Lake Stevens

Northwest Enterprise Security

5422 South Orcas Street
Seattle

NW Security and Automation

PO Box 1684
Sumner

NW Septic Services

PO Box
732088

On Time Electric

918 S. Horton St.
Seattle

Pioneer Emergency Response Services Inc

991C Lomas Santa Fe Drive #415

PRO-TECH ALARM SYSTEMS

21412 84TH AVE S
Kent

Protection 1 Security Solutions

22026 68th Avenue South
Kent

Provident Electric Inc.

PO Box 7087
Kent

Puget Sound Alarm

17555 15th ave ne
Seattle

Pyramid Electric Group

PO BOX 965
Edmonds

Queen Anne Electric

7527 12th Ave NW
Seattle

RCM Electric LLC

6209 219th St Ct E
Spanaway

Renton Locksmith Inc

1203 N 10th Pl
Renton

Santini General Contractings LLC

11242 432 av se
North Bend

Seattle Prodigy Residential Services

18005 Tualco Road
Monroe

Secure Pacific Corp Everett

2221 California St
Everett

Secure Pacific Corp Puget Sound

1406 140th Place NE suite 107
Bellevue

Security Gate and Access LLC

5402 184th St E
Puyallup

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

simply alarms

900 Meridian E Ste 19
Milton

SONITROL PACIFIC Everett

2221 CALIFORNIA ST
Everett

SONITROL Pacific Seattle

1406 140TH PL NE
Bellevue

SONITROL PACIFIC Tacoma

2115 S 56TH ST
Tacoma

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Sound AdviceofEverett

6020 Evergreen Way
Everett

South Hill Satellite

10211 128Th St E
Puyallup

SPEAKERLAB

6220 ROOSEVELT WAY NE
Seattle

SPOT SECURITY

1819 CENTRAL AVE S
Kent

Statewide Security Network

1245 Auburn Way North
Auburn

Sunny Electric LLC

6482 NE Fir St
Suquamish

Switch Electric LLC

7226 139th Ave NE
Lake Stevens

THE CORRECT CONNECTION

12021 2nd Ave
Seattle

The Third Arm, LLC

17607 14th Pl W
Lynnwood

VanCleave Homes

@gmail
Tacoma

WESTERN AUTOMOTIVE RECOVERY

325 WASHINGTON AVE S
Kent

Westwood Electric

310 SW 203rd Street
Seattle

Whidbey Tire & Auto

2856 Howard Rd
Langley

WHITE SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

12617 108th Ave NE
Arlington

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