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Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead paint. EPA guidelines now mandate safe cleaning practices for lead paint removal, but not all contractors follow the rules.

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When most people think about exposure to metallic lead, they typically focus on lead-based paint, but lead can be lurking in many other household items, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Testudo LCC)
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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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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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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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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!

All Lead Paint Removal in Tampa, FL

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AFFORDABLE INSPECTIONS INC.

1155 JACKSON ST.
Clearwater

AirMD

245 114th Ave
Saint Petersburg

AirMD

8452 FLAGSTONE DRIVE
Tampa

AirMD

12432 Bramfield Dr
Riverview

AirMD

7700 Congress Ave
Boca Raton

American Leak Detection

PO Box 144
Port Richey

Apollo Environmental Inc

11553 US Hwy 41 S
Gibsonton

B Griffith Roofing Inc

5292 Main Street
St. Pete

Building Restoration Services, Inc.

2539 Seven Springs Blvd
New Port Richey

Construction Solutions Concepts

934 N. University Drive
Pompano Beach

DAVID ARSENAULT INC

1350 BERN CREEK LOOP
Sarasota

DDC Builders LLC

919 S Castle Ct
Tampa

Decon Enviromental

2652 NW 31st Ave
Fort Lauderdale

DMG DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

1717 DONCASTER RD
Clearwater

e-construction group Inc.

8601 4th Street N.
Saint Petersburg

Earth Friendly Contracting, LLC

3304 Ambassador Ave
Spring Hill

Excelaron Inc

2202 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa

f&l contractors inc.

3105 15th ave. w.

FRANK GAY PLUMBING

6206 FOREST CITY RD
Orlando

Fresh Colors Painting LLC

8207 Whitham Drive

Frontline Property Inspections LLC

1816 Health Care Dr.
Trinity

Gowpen Restoration Incorporated

2261 Zuyder Terrace
North Port

Indoor Air Quality Solutions, IAQS, Microshield

1170 Tree Swallow Dr
Winter Springs

Innovative Construction

511 DEWHURST ST.
Port Charlotte

Insurance and Construction Services Inc.

10311 Woodberry Rd. Suite 103
Tampa

JIMMY'S SOD COMPANY

2308 W Kathleen St
Tampa

JOSEPH ANGELERI INC

2072 CONSTITUTION BLVD
Sarasota

JTR Contractors Inc.

PO Box 2096
Valrico

Lead Paint Consulting

225 Herons Run Dr Ste# 618
Sarasota

Master Restoration

1090 Kapp Drive
Clearwater

R J SIMONE ENTERPRISES

5535 Grand Blvd
New Port Richey

Ranalli Painting & Wallpapering

3414 E Debazan
Saint Petersburg

Renaissance Property Preservation

8447 Crystal Harbour Dr
Tampa

RSC Southeast Insurance Restoration

Our Location5100 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Saint Petersburg

S M Graham llc

7915 Campbell rd. n.

SERVPRO of Largo, NE St. Petersburg, Seminole

1569 S Missouri Ave
Clearwater

Servpro of South Tampa

4307 W Pearl Ave
Tampa

Shane Vill Enterprises

4644 W Gandy Blvd
Tampa

Sherlock Home Inspections

(239) 292-0756 / (863) 658-0159 /
(Main Office) Cape Coral

SKO Kingston Construction & Restoration Inc

3442 Parkway Center Ct
Orlando

Suncoast Inspections.com Inc

505 Scotland St
Dunedin

Tewks Inc.

12322 82nd Ave.
Seminole

Thomas R Baetens Construction Inc

5924 Springrun Ct
Holiday

TOP TO BOTTOM HOME INSPECTION INC

16005 PENNINGTON RD
Tampa

Tree-One

90 Highland Ave
Tarpon Springs

Trinicon

2840 46th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg

Trinity 1 Construction LLC

16057 Tampa Palms Blvd
Tampa

United Air Conditioning

13150 Belcher Road S
Largo

VIP Construction Services. LLC

317 Whitaker Rd
Lutz

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