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"Because I was uncomfortable with how they handled the initial telephone inquiry, I called the next day and canceled the appointment. I wasn't ready to sign" up for another monthly service fee for security services. I chose another route of getting my own security - I took shooting lessons, bought a gun and gun safe, put in a driveway alarm, and purchased security cameras that go straight to the cloud for monitoring from anywhere.

-Patricia W.

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"These guys were wonderful: knowledgeable, courteous, and fast! They were at my location within minutes of my calling them. They had a manual to my system, even" though it is several years old and someone else had installed it. They traced the wiring all over the building, being careful not to interrupt our business as we opened. They found the problem, repaired it, cleaned up after themselves, and charged me a very reasonable rate. I would highly recommend this company, and I plan to use them again for the new location that I am building. Great job,
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-stanley S.

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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!

Home Security System reviews in Waterford

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I had a contract with this provider at another location. I moved and asked that the security system to be moved. The provider told me that I had to renew a three year contract in order for the security system to be moved. Since the system was installed in the new location, it hasn't worked. I am very dissatisfied with this provider and there have been no results since I contacted them. They offered to refund me a month charge but what does that do for me? My home is not secure. They sent me a new control panel but I am expected to install it myself. The signals are not reaching them so in case of an emergency, they cannot help me.
- Sudha G.
A

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All excellent. Timely appointment. Punctual. Efficient. Offered excellent suggestion for avoiding surge damage in future.
- Mary L.
F

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logged onto the
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website provided and submitted my information for a call back. The callback came in within an hour and a customer service representative was on the line with me finding out about my needs. Once I explained I was looking to switch from my current alarm company (Slomin's) and have a wireless alarm installed I was transferred to someone who could guide me through the process. During this hour long call I was prompted to purchase an alarm system via the phone without the representative coming to my home to assess my needs and see what equipment I would need and what could be used from the system I have in place. I explained numerous times I wasn't comfortable locking myself into a contract via phone and also wanted an alarm specialist to come to my home and help guide me through what they think I need. The woman was irritated and launched into a story about a former boyfriend breaking into her home and she was with a different company and they didn't respond...so now not only does she work for
Waterford Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
she uses them at home as well. I listened to her story then again requested an in person home visit. Finally she said she could schedule me for one and needed some information. I provided all of the standard information and then she asked me for my social security number. I told her I wasn't comeortable giving her that information over the phone especially if I didnt know if I was going to go with
Waterford Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
as my security company. At the moment they were one of a few options and I was looking for an assessment and estimate. The woman said they needed to check my credit before sending someone out to my house. I told her there was no reason for an inquiry to show on my credit report until I signed a contract with them. She proceeded to really get irate, yell and finally said it's clear you don't care about your security this call is over goodbye...and then she hung up.
First, I cannot believe how rude and unprofessional this woman was. Second, why would I ever give my social security number to a complete stranger on the phone when I wasn't even at the point that there may be a contract signed? Very bad policy and I would NEVER even consider calling them back.
- Katerina P.
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Went very well .They got into some tight spaces to run wiring and did a fine job, we live in an older home with several additions and odd spaces that were a challenge. Arrived on time, worked till it was done and did not leave a mess. Nice people to deal with, the company owner actually works on jobs, so he makes sure it goes right. Fair and honest..
- Thomas G.
A

Rating
Waterford Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
is really solid. We had them originally then went with another company, but they just didn't have things as buttoned up as
Waterford Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
, so we went back. My only knock on them is price. Look I understand you pay for better service, not a problem. But
Waterford Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
has this service where you can deal with your alarm stuff on your phone and they charge an arm and a leg for it. Really stupid marketing. If they made it resonable I would use it, but I already have enough overpriced monthly charges.
Excluding that, I really trust them. we've had a break in and they were here to help out and while we were on vacation the guy came into my back yard (we had vacation watch) and saw that my pool guy had left my water on and the pool was over flowing. They called me and we got it turned off.
Where I live there are lots of competing services, but
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is the only one I trust.

- Lloyd S.
B

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I had my key fob for my security system stolen from my car. I was very concerned because the thief now had access to my home when I was away and could turn off the security system. I immediately called
Waterford Home Security Companies Provider Name Locked
and was told a tech could not come out to deprogram the stolen fob for 5 days! I couldn't believe that this would take so long. I complained about the length of time for service on this item and was finally given an appointment a couple of days later. I also felt that the charges for service were exhorbitant. I decided at that point to go with a local company with better customer service and more reasonable prices.
- David B.
B

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Overall the service is fine and reliable. I hate that when they call, their number doesn't show up as them in my caller ID so I can't call back if I miss them (and I don't know that it's them).

I had a part die once and it took them several days to get someone out to look at it order me a new one. The system beeped every few minutes for days as a result. Major fail. They replaced the part for free, but it was a couple of days of no sleep.

If I were to upgrade/get new tech, I'd probably go with another provider since tey won't offer me a long term customer deal.
- Sonia B.
F

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I told them what part needed to be fixed and after multiple tries i finally got someone schedule to come out and change the one part.. When she came out and saw the part they said i had to buy the monitoring services for a year for $30.00 a month. I told her no then she stated that she would not fix the part unless i did that. Then she left when i said i did not want the monitoring service. She was also very rude..
- Marilyn I.

Home Security Companies in Waterford, MI

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1st Security

8480 Baltimore National Pike

2 Wire Doc's

13000 W. 8 Mile Rd.
Oak Park

5LINX

Detroit

A J ELECTRIC

7600 33 mile road
Romeo

A-1 INTEGRITY LOCKSMITH SVC

6531 Sturbridge Ln
Canton

A2 Customs

3880 jackson rd

ACS Electric LLC

1353 E Gunn Rd
Rochester

Act Now Alarm

20874 Colman St
Clinton Township

ADT Detroit

Detroit

ADT Security

277 Gratiot Ave, Suite 552
Detroit

ADT Security Services, Inc

1400 E Avis Dr
Madison Heights

ADT Security Services, Inc

44720 Helm St.
Plymouth

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St
Roseville

Alarm Systems Plus LLC

43662 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights

ALERT HOME INSPECTION INC

30830 Hunters Dr Apt 22
Farmington

All Pro Audio Video

3189 Goodrich St
Ferndale

ASN Alarm Services Network

PO Box 210448
Auburn Hills

AUTO EUROPE

677 S ETON ST
Birmingham

AUTOALARMPRO.COM

15932 Angelo Dr
Macomb

AV Concepts

1141 Otter Ave
Waterford

AVIO Inc- Troy-Petoskey

2700 Industrial Row
Troy

Awesome Audio/Video Solutions LLC

13322 Cogswell
Romulus

Axent Digital

28317 Beck Rd
Wixom

BATTERY WAREHOUSE

46281 VAN DYKE AVE
Utica

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS

700 CARILLON PKWY

Bright Power Solutions Inc

45100 Sterritt St Suite 106

Bryant Contracting

25915 Hunters Ln
South Lyon

BURNZI'S

465 ELIZABETH LAKE RD
Waterford

CENTRAL ALARM SIGNAL INC

13400 W 7 MILE RD
Detroit

Concealed Security Systems Inc

16342 Northville Rd
Plymouth

Connect My Service

375 W Grand Blvd
Detroit

CONTINENTAL PROPERTY PRTCTN

23399 Commerce Drive
Farmington Hills

COVET SECURITY

14130 IROQUOIS WOODS DR
Fenton

Critical Signal Technologies

27475 Meadowbrook Rd
Novi

Custom Design Security & Sound Inc

31411 West Eight Mile Rd
Livonia

CUSTOM SECURITY ENGINEERING

6931 SKYLINE DR
Waterford

CyberNet Solutions

3250 Old Farm lane
Commerce

D BEST ELECTRIC SECURTIY CO

19354 JAMES COUZENS HWYS
Detroit

DEFENDER SECURITY INC

38883 STEINER CT
Clinton Township

Devcon Security

3880 N 28th Terrace

DTM PAINTING

5702 218th Ave. E.

E & E Tech

37055 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia

Electric One

25268 Orchard Grove
Southfield

EXPERIENCE ELECTRIC

336 LONGFELLOW
Inkster

Express Handyman

4202 Pioneer Dr
Commerce Twp

F E Moran Security Solutions

5155 N Shadeland Ave

F E Moran Security Solutions

30801 Barrington St
Madison Heights

Fire And Security Tech, Inc

po box 638
New Baltimore

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

Guardian Alarm of Michigan

20800 Southfield Rd
Southfield

GuardMe Security

45 Hwy 34 N

HITCH HOUSE USA

12855 Levan Rd.
Livonia

Howlett Technologies

1933 Swarthout Road
Pinckney

I Q LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS

2220 Scott Lake Rd
Waterford

Inskeep Media and Production

8255 Rattalee Lake Road
Clarkston

INTERSTATE SECURITY INC

51233 ORO DR
Utica

Jack's Auto Repair Shop

3120 Fort St.
Lincoln Park

JAMES WHITE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

6340 village park drive
West Bloomfield

Jayne Of All Trades

3747 Schwalbe Dr

K-9 Patrol LLC

26144 Pennie Street

Lake Electronics Group, LLC

2045 E West Maple Rd Ste D-401
Commerce Township

LifeWatch USA

266 Merrick Rd

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Lion Technologies, LLC

PO Box 81058
Rochester

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

Low Voltage Systems

15814 Amore
Clinton Township

M.E. TECH, Inc.

3533 East Pond Lane
Lake Orion

Medical Care Alert

43334 Seven Mile Road
Northville

Metro Cinematics

27560 Ponchartrain St
Harrison Township

Metro Construction & Restoration

19110 Canterbury Dr
Livonia

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

Nomax Technologies, LLC

39058 Memory Lane

Oak Electric Service Inc

5492 Dixie Hwy
Waterford

OnStar

PO Box 1027
Warren

Pioneer Alarm

Dearborn

Precision Sound

PO Box 685
Warren

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

PROTECTED ACCESS SECURITY SYSTEMS INC

3311 ORCHARD LAKE RD
Keego Harbor

Protection 1 Security Solutions

1725 E 14 Mile Road
Troy

PROTECTION SYSTEMS

1700 ORMOND RD
White Lake

Rader Electric Co Inc

1272 E West Maple Rd
Walled Lake

ROMEO PROPERTY MAINT

676 LAWSOW DR
Lake Orion

SAFE TECH SYSTEMS

5280 Dixie Hwy
Waterford

SECURITY DESIGNS INC

14700 FARMINGTON RD.
Livonia

SELECTRONICS LIMITED INC

3525 ELIZABETH LAKE RD
Waterford

SHELLY PINKERTON CORP

121 WALNUT BLVD
Rochester

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

Stand-Gard Security Systems

38200 Elmite
Harrison Township

SUNDOWN SECURITY

8179 PARKSIDE DR
Westland

Sunset Security LLC

P.O. Box 863
Erie

SUPER CLEAN MAIDS INC

40817 JUSTIN DR
Sterling Heights

Ted Jackson Electric Co

9131 Mendota St
Detroit

UNIVISION VIDEO & SOUND INC.

7746 23 MILE RD
Utica

Vigilant Inc

221 Felch St
Ann Arbor

Vigilante Security Inc.

2681 Industrial Row Dr
Troy

Watchdog Security

21455 Melrose Ave
Southfield

Watchful Eye, Inc

346 Summit Blvd
Lake Orion

WAVES

2966 TALL PINE LN
Shelby Township

WEBER SECURITY GROUP INC

95 S ROSE ST
Mount Clemens

Wescomm Technologies Inc.

15091 Champaign Rd
Allen Park

Woodward Electrical Services LLC

8440 Kenberton
Oak Park

WYANDOTTE ALARM CO

1409 OAK ST
Wyandotte

Your Neighborhood Lock & Security LLC

875 mapleknoll ave
Madison Heights

Z's Lockout Service

33011 Kennedy dr N
Fraser

Ziehm Electric

29265 Grandview
Harrison Township

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