Insulation (cont., p.9)

 

What You Need To Do

● Hire an experienced, licensed, insured insulation contractor with good references ─ whom you actually called.  Make the hire well in advance of when they’ll actually be needed.

 

● Meet with your contractor to determine what specific kinds of insulation best fit your needs.

Make sure he fully explains cost considerations of each.

● Contact your Building Inspection department to determine if they require a separate insulation inspection, or if it is part of the framing inspection.

If it is a separate inspection, the insulation contractor may be required to make the inspection request.  If not, you will have to make the request.


● Give the contractor several days notice and try to set him up to work the first day you’ll be ready for him.  It’s part of your continuing effort to avoid have a house sitting idle with no work being done.


Things You Should Watch For



On another page I write about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.

Contractors, even the best one, can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do so.

Here are some things you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you are doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job, so don’t worry that you’re stepping out-of-line.

It’s your house.

● Wherever insulating batts are used, look for gaps.  The pieces should fit snugly between studs and joists and should not be compressed.

Installers sometimes get sloppy around wires and pipes.  Pieces should be cut as needed to fit properly.

 

 

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