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"This was the top-rated upholsterer in town at the time I searched for a reliable upholsterer. The owners previously taught at
Community College" and they still teach upholstering in their studio. I wanted the best quality to recover my classic furniture, and I had invested in very expensive fabric ($120/yd) for the sofa. I sent out the sofa first, as they could only handle 1 piece of furniture at a time. It took 7 months for return of the sofa. They retied all the springs and evaluated the cushion material. They said the inside cushion material didn't need replacing, so I was fine with their simply recovering the cushions. The quality of the work is good except for the cushions, which are smaller than they were when I sent them out. This means the 2 cushions separate in the middle, leaving a gap which is uncomfortable and unattractive, which they didn't do previously. I haven't complained because I don't have enough of the fabric left to ask them to redo the sofa, and anyway, I can't go 7 months again without it. I sent out the chaise longue for reupholstering on the day the sofa was delivered, and I didn't notice the issue with the sofa cushions being too small and not tight together before I sent out the chaise. The chaise also is upholstered nicely but it is hard, when previously it was soft. It only took about 6 months for the chaise to be recovered. The primary reason I rate the service less than satisfactory is because of the really expensive price I paid--over $3,000 for the 2 pieces for the work only (I had special ordered the fabric and am not including the price of the fabric). I have since sent out other furniture to a different upholsterer for half the price and with much better results.

-M'Lynda O.

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is a treasure. He responded to my initial email query with a phone call, and helped guide me thru the project." He picked the chairs up on schedule, and delivered them back a few days ahead of schedule. Pricing was per his original estimate. The quality of the work is superb. I expect to get another ten years of comfortable service from these chairs. I highly recommend
, and I will definitely use them again.

-Roderick D.

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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!

Upholstery reviews in Austin

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They are thoroughly professional, helpful, and friendly at every step. I got in touch by phone.
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gave me her email address so I could send photos of the couch. I had side & front pictures and the dimensions. From that, she was able to give me an estimate and tell me how much fabric to buy. She advised me about a good fabric for a house with dogs (microfiber microsuede.) They're busy, so I had to get on their calendar. They booked me for about a month after my call. We kept in touch by email; for example, I let
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know when the fabric arrived. I wrote again the last week of October to see if we could fix a date, which we did. They came and picked up the couch on a Wednesday. It was ready a week & a half later. And it's lovely; I'm delighted with the results. I did my comparison shopping and found that while
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seemed to be the highest bid, their bid included pick-up and delivery. Other outfits left that to me to arrange -- most movers have a minimum, so that could be as much as $150. Other outfits also estimated more fabric, which, at $30/yard, adds up pretty fast. All in all, I couldn't be happier.
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is highly recommended.
- Heidi J.
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OMG!!!! They are amazing! I love my 10 year old kitchen sectional originally from
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Design. It is very high quality furniture and I wanted to re-cover it vs. replace. HOWEVER, as I called around for estimates, giving sectional dimensions, need for extra "stuffing" etc, the prices were horrendous!! I was quoted labor prices of 2500.+ excluding extra pillows or stuffing. I had about given up thinking it ridiculous to spend 3x what I paid for it excluding fabric! And then I read about
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on Angie's list. The reviews were only outstanding about them personally as well as professionally. And the reviews were right! Husband and wife upholsterers working out of their home in far north
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.
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family has been in upholstery business for generations and
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told me he learned everything he knew from his father. He assured me I would be amazed at my "new" sectional, and I was! He included free "stuffing" and took the 3 matted down pillows I took him to recover and said he stripped the batting apart as to fluff up the pillows, and ended up not charging me at all for making the pillows out of the extra fabric he had to work with. They are so sweet and very proud of their high quality workmanship, as they should be! When I originally called,
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told me they had work ahead of me, and could get to my work within 2 weeks, and thought it wouldn't take more than 1 week to complete. She stayed true to her word on both accounts! My ONLY REGRET is I don't have more furniture in need of upholstery!!
- donna B.
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My wife spent half a day getting bids on replacing the upholstery on our dining room set. They seemed pretty tricky to me, and I was expecting to pay $150 or so for each chair. Some places did estimate that much, then she took it to Longs. Long (who is an absolute character by the way) quoted her $75 per chair which was the lowest bid (to be fair one guy she showed it to after Long agreed to do it for that price but only after she told him
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bid). A few weeks later we got the fabric picked out and dropped the chairs off. It only took them a week to finish the job and the chairs look great!
We certainly recommend him and plan on using him in the future.
- James T.
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I called them to get a ballpark idea of the cost for work. We delivered the chair and explained the problem. We dealt with
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. The work was done within days. They called us when the chair was ready.
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told us that he repaired the springs. But he said the chair still was not perfect, so he added foam and extra cushioning. We were extremely pleased with the results. The final price was less than the estimate, even with the extra foam and work.
- Dee V.
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I was very happy with them. I spent around $500 on that job. The job was beautiful. The material I had chosen was heavy duty and I know it must have been difficult. It was not a
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upholstery job and they did a fantastic job. They did it in the time they said they would and I was super pleased with them. I had got estimates from others and they were not out of line.
- June C.
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The work was of the highest quality. The chair looks brand new. All of the detail work of the upholstery is beautifully done, and we could not be happier. We felt the price was very reasonable as well.
- John and Courtney R.
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I stopped in during late November, based on good reports from Angie's List, to see if they could reupholster my sofa before a party on December 11th.
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was very helpful and knowledgeable in her assistance with choosing a fabric for
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, based on my description. The following week, I received the samples and selected a fabric. Unfortunately, the fabric was on backorder and wouldn't be available until January. I secured my own fabric from a local store and (even though they'd told me they wouldn't be able to fit the job into December because of the delay in getting them the fabric) they picked up my sofa on December 7th and the job was completed on December 17th. It was a bit on the expensive side and there was some miscommunication about the delivery time on the 17th, but the work was of very high quality and I'm very pleased with my (almost) new sofa.
- Loraine B.
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The company picked up the sofa at the agreed upon time and returned it early (about one week). The work was superb--done with care, precision and a sense of artistry. I couldn't be more pleased with the service and the work.
- Ghislaine D.

Upholsterers in Austin

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21 Body & Diagnostic

Mobile Auto Diagnostics & Body
Austin

290 WEST UPHOLSTERY SHOP

5623 W HIGHWAY 290
Austin

A DIETZ UPHOLSTERY

312 PORTER ST
San Marcos

ABE URBINA FURNITURE UPHLSRY

2010 RABB GLEN ST
Austin

ACCENT ANTIQUES & UPHOLSTERY

2200 S LAMAR BLVD
Austin

ADDED TOUCH UPHOLSTERY

9103 HAZELHURST DR
Austin

Alfaro's Upholstery

303 Industrial Blvd
Bastrop

ALL MIXED UP

123 E Jackson St
Burnet

Alvarez Upholstery

1400 Thornridge Rd
Austin

AMBROSE UPHOLSTERY

2513 Buell Ave
Austin

AMBROSE UPHOLSTERY

2513 BUELL AVE
Austin

American Chem Dry

PO Box 452
Round Rock

ANTHONY NOMBRANA

8956 N US HIGHWAY 183
Lockhart

Antikwitee Furniture Studio

21900 State HWY 71 W
Spicewood

ARMADILLO COVERUP

6601 BLARWOOD DR
Austin

ARMANDO'S UPHOLSTERY

1803 WALLIN LOOP
Round Rock

Austin Auto Interiors

401 Texas Ave
Round Rock

Austin Custom Upholstery and Design

937 Reinli St #24
Austin

Austin Scenic Restoration

2028 Kaiser Drive
Austin

Austin's Couch Potatoes

10500 N. IH 35 Building A
Austin

Austin's Premier Upholstery

5808 Mojave Dr.
Austin

B J UPHOLSTERY & DESIGN

7210 W FM
Marble Falls

BASSET FURNITURE DIRECT

9900 SOUTH IH 35
Austin

BIX REFINISHING & RESTORATION

816 W YAGER LN
Austin

Blanchard's Upholstery

3205 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin

Briley's Upholstery Shop

2117 Northland Dr
Austin

Buffalo Gals Upholstery & Slipcovers

515 Old Fitzhugh Rd.
Dripping Springs

BUSTILLOS UPHOLSTERY

707 BRIDGE ST
Georgetown

C PAGE UPHOLSTERY CO

7005 CANNONLEAGUE DR
Austin

CalcoCorners - Austin

3010 W Anderson Ln
Austin

CARDENAS UPHOLSTERY

5220 JIM HOGG AVE
Austin

CEN-TEX UPHOLSTERY

9705 BURNET RD
Austin

Collectic Home

2785 Bee Caves Rd
Austin

CORONADO RESTORATION

7319 GENEVA DR
Austin

CUT'N SEW FABRICS

629 AMESBURY LN
Austin

CYNTHIA YOUNG UPHOLSTERY

2323 WESTROCK DR
Austin

D GEORGE

4202 SANTIAGO ST
Austin

DAN'S UPHOLSTERY

900 W 2ND ST
Taylor

DAVID MEDRANO UPHOLSTERY

4406 HANK AVE
Austin

DEALER'S CHOICE UPHOLSTERY

10411 N LAMAR BLVD
Austin

Decorating Den Interiors

10650 Signal Hill View
Austin

Decorating Den Interiors

116 Big Sky Cv
Austin

Decorating Den Interiors

414 Thistlewood Dr
Austin

DENNIS AMBROSE CO

2304 TRAFALGAR DR
Austin

DRAPERIES ETC

308 MAIN ST
Marble Falls

ED'S CLASSIC UPHOLSTERY

1900 2ND ST
Marble Falls

EXPRESSIONS BY DESIGN

145 RICHARDS DR
Buda

FABRIC BIN

7100 W HWY 29
Georgetown

Falkin Services Unlimited

2727 Lyons Rd.
Austin

Fibrenew of Central Texas

1 Mobile Service Only
Round Rock

Fibrenew of Metro Austin

5312 Anaconda Ln
Austin

Fibrenew South Austin

1 Mobile Service
Austin

HERNANDEZ UPHOLSTERY

402 N 3RD ST
Jarrell

HERRERA'S UPHOSLTERY

3804 PRAIRIE LN
Austin

HOOD'S UPHOLSTERY

10244 OLD LOCKHART RD
Austin

Inspired Design by Julie, LLC

400 South Ave Ste 301

Interior Fabrics

7719 Burnet Road
Austin

InteriorsAustin, Inc. dba Windowear

2300 Lohman's Spur
Lakeway

Jackson Upholstery

PO Box 2223
Cedar Park

JOHN'S UPHOLSTERY

10813 Old San Antonio Rd
Austin

JULIO UPHOLSTERY

1008 S 8TH ST
Austin

KAD DESIGN ALTERATIONS

1619 WILLIAMS DR
Georgetown

KAREN S WOOD UPHOLSTERER

900 BROKEN FEATHER TRL
Pflugerville

Lakeway Interior Fabrics

PO Box 341634
Austin

LITCO SERVICES

1840 W STATE HIGHWAY 29
Burnet

Long's Furniture Upholstery

10825 N Lamar Blvd
Austin

LYNNE'S INTERIOR TOUCHUPS

1109 ALDEN DR
Austin

MICHAEL THURMAN UPHOLSTERY

6809 COLUMBIA DR
Austin

MONROE'S UPHOLSTERY

8800 LAVA HILL RD
Austin

MR STITCH UPHOLSTERY

1601 LAUREL PATH
Round Rock

New Dawn Interiors

1008 Hwy 281 set 101

OAK LEAF SOLUTIONS

115 meadowwoods dr.
Kyle

PETE'S UPHOLSTERY SHOP

513 S GUADALUPE ST
San Marcos

Pristine Clean Austin

123 Call Today
Austin

RALPH'S UPHOLSTERY

105 W BRENHAM ST
Elgin

RIVERTOWN INTERIORS

123456
Austin

Robert Galusha Design

12010 W Hwy 290
Austin

RUDY'S UPHOLSTERY SHOP

320 COMACHO ST
San Marcos

SHARP CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

4909 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST
Austin

SHOUMAKER UPHOLSTERY AUTO

1501 HONEYSUCKLE LN
Round Rock

Solid Stone Fabricators LLC

3215 Oradell Ln
Dallas

Spruce Upholstery

6611 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin

Steam It

4701 Priem Ln
Pflugerville

Texas Power Washing

602 Thrush Ave.
Austin

TEXAS STAR INTERIORS

1708 TODD LN
Cedar Park

The Blind Lady Inc

12400 W Hwy 71
Austin

THE UPHOLSTERY SHOP

2714 S LAMAR BLVD
Austin

TOM'S PREMIUM UPHOLSTERY

445 US HIGHWAY 183 S
Austin

UNDER COVER UPHOLSTERY

3309 HANCOCK DR
Austin

UNIVERSAL UPHOLSTERY

307 FLOURNOY DR
Austin

Urology Team PA

11410 Jollyville Rd
Austin

Victoria Refinishing Svc

396 Foster Field Dr
Victoria

VMC Upholstery

8808 Cullen Ln
Austin

ZAPATA'S UPHOLSTERY

136 N MAIN ST
Fentress

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