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" came to our home twice. The first time was to get an idea of the piece that had to be taken apart so it would fit in our basement. When we" moved into the house the movers were unable to get the sofa into the basement due to the placement of the door to the basement, ceiling height and just overall lack of room to maneuver the furniture down the stairs. I was given 's number by Earla's furniture and he did an excellent job. He had originally quoted around $300 over the phone just as a rough idea of what it would take. Upon the first visit he said that it would take him about 4 hours to complete the work and would be around that $300 estimate he quoted initially without looking at the piece. Today arrived promptly at 10am and got right to work. He took the one arm of the sofa and he and I moved it into the basement with no issues. I just removed a door to help us move it and I cleaned up the little debris that was left after got things taken apart (this allowed him to keep working and I had no issues over this at all). He was able to get the sofa put back together in a very timely manner and it feels great and works just like we wanted in our basement. Very courteous and professional. I would use him again if I were to need his services.

-Joshua K.

"Aiden and Grace were a pleasure to work with. They understood what was needed and did a very high quality job. They were thoughtful of pattern placement and refilled" cushions as necessary. They picked up and delivered. I will definitely call them anytime I need their skills.

-Sue C.

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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!

Upholstery reviews in Waunakee


The cost of the headliner replacement was $300, I purchased an Angies List Coupon for $99, which gave me $200 credit toward the cost of the work, so the actual cost was $199. I dropped the car off and it was ready for pickup a couple days later. the headliner was excellently installed, very smooth, and even though the car and liner on the visors was ...More faded, they matched the color very nicely. I liked the work so much, I also got the headliner in my Ford Ranger truck replaced, for which the owner gave me a small discount, I paid $275 for the truck headliner. The truck headliner was also excellently installed, and I picked it up 2 days after dropping it off.
- Arthur V.

did an outstanding job, and was very prompt, efficient, and professional.
They responded quickly to my initial inquiry, were upfront about scheduling, gave me an accurate estimate when I was starting to look at upholsterers.
When the time came to perform the job, they came on time and on schedule, and offered ...More good recommendations around upholstery and trim options. They finished the job earlier than anticipated and also were creative in dealing with some unanticipated issues with the fabric I'd supplied.
I highly recommend them and plan to use them again.
- Elise M.

My experience with was great. I called the shop before I headed over and , the owner, was there and helped me right away. His guys unloaded the furniture that I had brought, while helped me pick out fabric. I couldn't make a decision that day, so ...More let me take home several fabric samples so that I could see how they looked in my house. My husband and I made a decision that night to go with two of the sample fabrics, so I went back to the next day and gave our choices. He said the work would take a couple of weeks to complete, but he called me a week later to say everything was done! In the interim time, he noticed a couple of pieces of the furniture needed replacement foam (they are very old) and he sent me e-mails, with pictures to show me what he was talking about, the cost of putting in new foam, and to get my approval before he made the replacements. My experience with this company was friendly and professional from start to finish. I give them my highest recommendation.
- Heather G.

She provided us some fabric samples for us to choose from, even had some samples special ordered for our needs. The work was done quickly to meet a few different deadlines and looks great. We received updates on how the project was going in various stages and any concerns that she had as she went along (as it was old furniture). In addition, I had ...More also asked for her help on a few other projects to see if it was something that she could do, she was willing to meet me where ever the project was which was really helpful. She was very flexible throughout the process and was great to work with.

Reasonable prices for the work being done. We had older and antique furniture and it was nice to have someone care for it as if it was theirs!

We did need to arrange for transportation to and from the shop (since our pieces were larger than could fit in a car).
- Carol L.

Fantastic job. knew exactly what kind of new inserts I needed. He gave me the date they would be ready and they were ready at 10:00 am the day he promised. Very pleased with the new inserts - sofa much more comfortable.
- Vicki S B.

We had an old This End Up recliner that had seen better days but we wanted it upgraded with new upholstery. I called and made an appointment with who came out to look at it. He inspected it, pronounced that he could do it, and proceeded to show me a wide variety of fabric samples. I picked one and gave him a deposit, and he said ...More he'd be in touch when he was ready to take it. About 6 weeks after the initial appointment, he called to say that they were ready for it, and his assistants came over and picked the old chair up. Almost 2 weeks to the day, he called to say it was ready, and we arranged a drop off time. His assistants moved some furniture to accommodate the "new" piece and carefully moved the new recliner into place... and it looks fantastic! He did a marvelous job and brought life back to a 25 yr old piece,
- Chris B.

The owners and the delivery people are wonderful to work with. They are very accommodating and nice. The workmanship on the other hand is lacking and I am unhappy with the finished product. After 9 months of use with the recliner, the stuffing has shifted and is lumpy now. When they came to my house to give an estimate, and they did not indicate that ...More there would be an issue with the suspension in the love seat and the sofa. The sofa and love seat sink badly and I have had to put pieces of wood under to help support it.
- margaret B.

The sofa and chairs are beautifully finished. Excellent job!!. Picked up and delivered on schedule (actually completed one day early). The only additional cost from original bid was $127 to add some dacron covers. The delivery staff were very professional and careful. When completed, I noted one swival chair was a little wobbly and they agreed ...More to take back and repair for me. They actually replaced the base ball bearings which had worn out. I was sorry they had to make the extra trip but they were very gracious about taking on the extra work and at no charge. I used a Pottery Barn performance basket weave fabric which I ordered and had shipped to . I was on a tight schedule since only in Florida 3 weeks. Everything completed on schedule. Couldn't be happier with their work. Love my like-new sofa. is the best. Would definitely use again. Enjoyed working with Sandy. Nice family run business.
- Linda S.

Upholsterers in Waunakee, WI

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Camelot Interiors Inc

7609 Elmwood Ave

Cindy's Custom Interiors LLC

4810 Terminal Dr
Mc Farland

Creative Energy Designs Inc

1406 Williamson St

Ecuador Cleaners LLC

1509 Brynwood Dr

Exquisite Windows & Decor

6666 Odana Road


7600 Terrace Ave Ste 101




5708 Vineyard Rd

Leather Restoration Company

401 Madison St




223 E Main St
Sun Prairie

Unique Upholstery

114 W Main St.

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