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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 Port Townsend, WA

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A Healing Vet

21911 64th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace

Abim, Dr. Bruce N.

1100 9th ave


Gig Harbor

Altemeier, Dr. Susan M

3400 California Ave SW

Anderson, Dr. Sandra J

1455 11th Ave NW

Barry Bersch MD

22000 Marine View Dr S

Basytr Center for Natural Health

3670 Stone Way N.

Bellegrove OB/GYN Inc PS

1200 112th Ave NE

Campbell, Dr. Cynthia G.

540 16th Ave

David Schumer MD

202 N Division St

Dr. Brian R McKillop MD

1101 Madison St

Dunn, Dr. Robert W.

6850 35th Ave NE

Evergreen Healthcare

12040 NE 128th St

Gardner, Dr. Bruce

6007 244th St SW
Mountlake Terrace

Gortner, Dr. David

1100 9TH AVE

Group Health Coop

140 SW 146th St

Group Health Cooperative

2700 152nd Ave NE

Group Health Cooperative

2701 156th Ave NE


1535 116TH AVENUE NE

Hall Health Primary Care Center

4060 E Stevens Way

Harrison Medical Center

2520 Cherry Ave

Jefferson Healthcare

834 Sheridan St
Port Townsend

Lakeside Family Physicians

3707 Providence Pt Dr SE

Lee, Dr. Yung J.

12040 NE 128th St

Lynnwood Medical Center

20200 54th Ave W

Memon, Dr. Aftab A.

407 14th Ave SE

Mill Creek Everett Clinic

15418 Main St

Mitchell, Dr. Marc R

1407 116th Ave NE

Miyauchi, Dr. Dale Y.

11800 Ne 128th St

Moe, Dr. Kristen S.

325 9th Ave

Moore, Dr. Daniel J.

923 Auburn Way N

Multicare Covington Day Sgy Ctr

17700 SE 272nd St



Northwest Obesity Surgery

10330 Meridian Ave N

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

1035 116th Ave NE

Pacific Medical Center - Northgate

10416 5th Ave NE

Pacific Medical Center-Totem Lake

12910 Totem Lake Blvd NE

Parikh, Dr. Jay

1221 Madison St



Platinum Cash Flow Solutions

23632 Highwat 99 Ste F421

Restorix Health

1515 116th Avenue NE

Right at Home

PO Box 64308

Saint Clare Hospital

126 131st St S

Salinas, Dr. Francis

1100 Ninth Ave

Seattle Orthopedic Institute

601 Broadway

St Francis Community Hospital

34515 9th Ave S
Federal Way

St Francis Medical Center

34509 9th S Ave
Federal Way

St Joseph Hospital

1717 S J St

St Joseph's Hmedical Center

1717 South J St

Swedish Edmonds

21601 76th Ave W

Swedish Medical Center - Ballard

5300 Tallman Ave NW

Swedish Medical Center - Ballard Campus

5350 Tallman Ave NW

Swedish Medical Center - Redmond

18100 NE Union Hill Rd

Swedish Medical Center Emergency

2005 NW Sammamish Rd

Swedish Medical Center Seattle

747 Broadway

The Everett Clinic

15418 Main St

The Health Connection

601 S Pine St

The Polyclinic - Downtown

509 Olive Way

Totem Lake Family Medicine

11800 NE 128th St

Towers, Dr. Tammy

7210 Roosevelt Way NE

University of Washington CHDD

1959 NE Pacific St

University of Washington Eye

1959 NE Pacific St

University WA Medcn Shorln Clin

1355 N 205th St

UW Medicine Belltown Clinic

2505 2nd Ave

UW Medicine Issaquah Clinic

1455 11th Ave NW

UW Medicine Woodinville Clinic

17638 140th Ave NE

UWMC Roosevelt Radiology Clinic

4245 Roosevelt Way NE

Valley General Hospital

PO Box 646

Virgina Mason Clinic

1100 Ninth Ave

Virginia Mason Bellevue Clinic

222 112th Ave NE

Virginia Mason Issaquah Clinic

100 NE Gilman Blvd

Virginia Mason Medical Center

1100 9th Ave

Virginia Mason Medical Center

222 112th Ave N

Williams, Dr. Henry J.

1750 112th Ave NE

Women's Diagnostic Imaging Ctr

1101 Madison St Ste 310
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