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"When I Googled for "carpet removal", I didn't realize I had to be more specific than that.
was more than willing to remove" my carpet, if it was already pulled up from the floor and sitting in a pile. I didn't realize this at the time I scheduled an appointment, but upon reflection it makes sense. In an effort to keep from wasting their time, I did have a refrigerator to remove, but there was another job waiting for them, and there was no charge to me. So, now I will find someone to pull the carpet up from the floor and put it in a pile. Then I will call
back, and have them remove it.

-Neil M.

"I paid to have them pickup trash and haul it away based upon a "deal" offered by Angie's List. The website says they serve southern California." I live in Crestline, California in San
County. They refused to perform the service at my home and I had to go through a time consuming process to get my money refunded.

-Michael F.

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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.


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.




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!

Hauling reviews in Scranton


It went wonderfully! The guys were great to work with and they did exactly what they said they were going to do, I was able to sort as they cleaned and everything went very well!

purchased through Angie's list special for 10 yards junk removal. They took old wood, old carpets, old cabinets and countertops, sheet rock debris, and lots of trash. They were extremely easy to deal with and polite. They scheduled us quickly and arrived timely. Quickly removed all the junk and even swept our garage after, we had roughly 10 yards of garbage and they were more than efficient in getting rid of it. Will use them again if ever moving or remodeling again.
- Christopher R.

CHHJ arrived early (after calling first). They were efficient and personable. Probably not the least expensive option, but I was very pleased with the service.
- Les S.

They were actually doing a job for my neighbor - got to talking and I showed him the mess in my backyard and asked what it would cost. and how long it would take. He gave me a number and said he'd do it right then if I wanted. Mind you, it was New Year's Eve and nobody was shying away from working or trying to get home early. They removed all that wire fencing and mounds of overgrowth, cleaned it all up and hauled it away. Best way to start a new year!
- Janice W.

They were on time, they were very polite, and they did an excellent job. I did not understand how little the amount 7 cubic yards actually is. It cost us three times what I thought it would be, but that is more on me for not understanding. The lot was spotless when they were done. I would use them again without hesitation.
- glenn T.

Very responsive and pleasant to work with. I sent an email.
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called later the same day and left his number for me to text or try back with a message that it might even be possible to do the pick up the next day (as he happened to be in my town and had an opening), but that we should connect about the nature of the items to be removed. Although I was there when they arrived, he said we didn't have to be there if a check was left and items were out. Great to work with and reasonable pricing. This is the second time that I have used them and would definitely use them again.

I was completely satisfied. M&H was
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reliable. He did what he said he would, when he said he would, and at the price he had quoted. He was polite and professional and kind enough to engage in conversation at my behest. He even undertook to mail me a receipt from charity, which I received expeditiously. I would recommend him to anyone needing any
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services. He is a person who does what he says he will do -- a breath of fresh air.

- Rada P.

Friendly guys. Showed up on time. Was expensive seeing I only have a one car garage but they did a good job and were very accommodating.
- Robert L.

Hauling Services in Scranton, PA

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277 Grant St

A & J Lawn Care LLC

1673 State Rte 502
Spring Brook Twp.

Able Hands Inc

144 Main St

Andrews Antiques

40 Gordon Ave.

Cheap Freight Pros

522 Aberdin Way

D & J Hauling

64 Ridge st
Glen Lyon

Deb & Pat's Cleaning Service

1325 North River Street plains



EMS Contracting, LLC

318 N Sprague Ave

Endless Mountain Masonry

695 Stark rd

Fischer Brothers

p.o. box 378

G D Handyman

5 north main

Gruver Movers

215 Jackson St



Jamms Constructions

1108 Birkbeck St

Jay's Hauling

426 Calfax Ave

jeffs home maintenance

252 S. Sheridan St.

joe dougher masonry

1214 n main ave

joe dougher masonry

1214 n main ave

JP Moving Storage Corp

122 West Poplar St

La1 Familia Inc

529 Rear Scott Street
Wilkes Barre

M.S.D. Home & Property Improvement

234 Bowman St.
Dickson City

MHW Construction, LLC

1006 Sunset Ave
Clarks Summit




Lake Ariel

PAC construction


PEI Enterprises Inc.

201 S. Blakely St. 309 / PO Box 374

Santarelli & Sons Oil

443 Main St

Shimko Construction

293 South Sheridan Street
Wilkes Barre

SLK Construction, LLC

413 Rear Front St.

T.W. Keesler & Sons Inc

PO Box 568

The Handy Man Can

400 1st St

Update Your Space

146 Claremont Dr

Very Cheap Junk Removal

36 Atherton Avenue

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