Choose the Right Contractor
We Make Selecting the Right Insulation Contractor Easy
Everyone loves a good do it yourself home project but even the most experienced DYIer needs to seek a professional now & then. We want to help you get that home insulation project done without getting hosed. When it come time to hire a professional insulation contractor use these simple tips to get the job done right.
Get an In-Home Assessment
Getting an in-home assessment should be the first step in hiring an insulation contractor. Ask them to check out everything while they are there and remember that a free checkup now is better then a costly home repair bill later. Ask the insulation contractor to analyze your home and to make recommendations on all areas of concern. Everything fails. From your refrigerators and air conditioner to to the insulation in your attic, walls, floor or crawl space, everything has a failure point. Wouldn't you rather have the information you need up front so that you can do the repairs on your terms? The more knowledge you have about your home's building envelope, the less likely you are to be caught off guard with a huge repair bill later on down the road. You don't want to have to pick a contractor just because of an emergency repair. A free assessment will give you the time needed to carefully pick the right contractor to do the job instead of picking one based on immediate
Do Some Research
We want you to be educated consumers. Feel free to use our site and do your own research. Familiarize yourself with types of insulation materials used and read about how they react to moisture, fire, insects and rodents. Find out the recommenced r values for your home and remember. Insulation is like money. It's always nice to have a little extra & you sure notice when you don't have any.
Getting recommendations from neighbors, family or friends is a good way to find reputable insulation contractors in your local area. Neighbors are likely to have similar homes of the similar age and could have already dealt with an issue like yours.
Check for Complaints or Legal Action
Getting a list of recommended insulation contractors is just the beginning. Now you will want to do a little research on the companies to find out about their overall customer satisfaction. You can check with the Better Business Bureau or the State Attorney General's office for complaints or search for the business on Case.net to see about law suites filled or other litigation. Ideally you'll want to select a contractor that is free from litigation and does't have allot of complaints against them.
Find Out if You Need Permits
Before you start calling insulation contractors you will want to find out if you need to get permits from the city or home owners association. This is untimely your responsibility and you want to take a couple of minutes to make sure your protected. Call your city or municipality and find out what a insulation contractor needs to do work in your area. Most towns don't require permits to do insulation projects but you will want to verify that before proceeding.
Ask for Proof of Insurance
You should never let anyone do any work on your home without being fully insured. If the contractor you hired gets hurt or does damage to your property, you could be liable. Don't feel bad about requesting proof of insurance. The contractor will be glad to provide you with this information.
Ask for References
You want to try to get at least thee references from the insulation contractor. If they can't provide you with a couple of of their satisfied customers then your in trouble. Feel free to contact those customers and ask them about the contractors performance.
Avoid Ripoffs & Scams
The best way to avoid scams is to trust you gut. Never pay for services in advance and don't pay for any insulation related services until your completely satisfied with the results. If you have done your homework, checked for complaints and verified references then the chance of getting scammed in greatly reduced. Still it's good to be aware of danger signs when it comes to ripoffs. If you received an estimate from a contractor and the pricing seems too good to be true, it probably is. Either you're about to get ripped off or they're going to use such sub-par materials.
Never hire anyone who uses high pressure sales techniques, like insisting that they gave you a special rate that is only good for the next 24 hours. Never hire someone who will only accept cash and doesn't want to use a contract and never hire a contractor that asks you to get a permit for them.
Keep Communication Lines Open
Stay on top of your project and keep your communication lines open. If your not satisfied make sure you speak up right away. If something doesn't look or sound right, you should inform the contractor right away. The insulation contractor want you to be satisfied with your project and good communication between you and the contractor is essential. Frequent check-ins with your insulation contractor will ensure your completely satisfied.
Don't Ever Pre-Pay for Insulation Services
Reputable contractors will never ask for all the money up front. If a contractor insists that you pay a large deposit or the total bill before the work starts, then you are in trouble. In some cases a small 10-15% deposit may be justified but in most cases you should never pay for any insulation services until the job in complete. You should also never be asked to pre-pay for supplies or material. A reputable contractor will have good credit and an account with his suppliers.
Don't Be Afraid to Fire Your Contractor
Don't be afraid to fire your contractor. If your not satisfied with the project or if you feel like your contractor is doing a poor job, stop them right away. It's better to cut your losses early while things are still salvageable. Please keep in mind that once you've signed a contract you can't simply stop paying the contractor and ask them to leave but dismissing a contractor because the work is not satisfactory or because they have damaged your property are perfectly acceptable reasons for firing your contractor.