5 Questions to Ask Your Chimney Sweep

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Subject: Fees or not

I strongly disagree. It is very important to keep up on your certification. Our company has been in business for 27 years, and has been with the CSIA and with the guild. There is also the option of taking online courses to get CEU's and going to the nation convention to keep up with your certification. No differant than EMT's or fireman keeping up their certifacation. Therefor keeping up with your certification is bettering yourself and your employees. It's not about the fees, it's about protecting yourself and most importantly your costumers.

Johnny Conner

Subject: Foolish

Holding a csia certification says nothing about the persons character holding the certification furthermore if there an employee they are required to do the job as there boss instructs them to do it! Most of this is a marketing scheme to get homeowners to rely and eventually hire there members who have paid in my opinion csia's absurd fees. It use to be reasonable for what it actually was, you take a review, then test pay the reasonable fee which was good for 3 years. Now all of a sudden some pencil pusher over there figured a way of milking all of us for more money requiring us to pay every year to hold the certification. So even if you pay for the review, pass the test if you don't pay them again the following year they pull your certification? Y ? Only if I pay csia fees does mean that I've retained the knowledge and I'm honorable... I think not! They do not require you to re certify every year just pay money and this is why in my opinion this credential is worthless. Listen it don't hurt to go through it once cause you will and can learn things but after that it's just redundant and a waste of your hard earned money in a very tough economy!

Johnny Conner

Subject: Article

Being csia certified means nothing as to the reputation of the person or company holding the credential. The certification process is not difficult to obtain as long as you have basic knowledge and ofcourse pony up there outrageous fees. I was certified by them for many years and also have a perfect rating on Angie's list in this field. In my opinion it's not a bad thing to get certified to better yourself at least once but to keep it and keep paying there outrageous fees is redundant and foolish

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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.