Tips for Party Bus or Limo Rental

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Subject: Chicago Party Bus

Party buses are definitely gaining popularity among today's trends when it comes to Weddings. They can be great! And some companies are focusing on making these vehicles more and more beautiful so that they can be wedding-appropriate!

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Subject: Additional Info you need

State regulations are different from state to state but in all you need to have insurance. Some company's will insure their vehicles as an RV to save costs and paperwork, In Ohio 14 passenger or less its 1.5 million and 15 and over its 5 million. If the bus is over 10,000 lbs There must be an Ohio State Trooper sticker on the bus to say it has passed all safety inspections. Also ask about if they have an ODOT # to be legal and an MC# to be able to go across state lines with people. Make sure the driver being assigned has the right qualifications and licencing for the vehicle being assigned. Spend the money to get a limo/bus because your life and that of others are worth it, Not to mention the possibility of saving $10,000 on an O.U.I.


Subject: Limo

What is the average cost of a limo? I want to get an SUV with the party lights and music inside for my son and his 7 friends for prom but don't want to get taken advantage of.


Subject: It does say "Wedding season

It does say "Wedding season may mean making arrangements a year or more out." The month was the minimum, and limos/party buses aren't just for weddings.


Subject: reservation

Just reading through your tips and have to say, your tips with regards to resverations of limo are off. Couples who have a preference of vehicle or need to accommodate a large party usually reserve 6months to a year in advance. One month is not sufficient time, most couple have many of there venues and suppliers within a year already resvered and within 6-9 months they start finalizing vendors.the 1-2 months they begin the final phase of planing. I am not sure where your tip for 1 month before the date came from however this is very missleading to people planning for there special day. 1-2 weeks before is the finalizations of itineraries. I've worked in the wedding industry so thought I would add my 2 cents :)


Subject: reservations

It does say "Wedding season may mean making arrangements a year or more out." The month was the minimum, and limos/party buses aren't just for weddings.

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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.