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#RuleYourAttic: Hiring a Contractor

man sealing air leaks in the attic with spray foam

If you know you have low insulation levels in your attic but are not interested in making those improvements yourself, now is the time to call a contractor to properly seal air leaks and add insulation to your attic BEFORE the high heating bills come. Insulation contractors have all the equipment and experience to do the job right the first time – let them do the dirty work. We’re here to help you select a contractor and #RuleYourAttic! Let’s dive into the first step!

Hiring a Contractor

As with any home improvement project, you want to make sure you’re getting a knowledgeable contractor for the right price. Here’s how:

Visit ENERGY STAR’s Incentives Database or the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency to see if they offer incentives for improvements or have pre-screened program contractors.

  • Get several estimates from contractors (Tip: know the square footage of your attic).
  • Confirm that the contractor is licensed and insured in your state.
  • Ask if the crew chief is certified to do insulation work.
  • Ask how the contractor will keep your house clean during the work.
  • Make sure the contractor understands you want attic holes and gaps sealed before any insulation is added. If they do not agree to “seal before insulating,” call another contractor!

You may find local pre-screened, trained, and certified contractors available through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. These programs are run by local utilities or State Energy Offices and are a great place to start looking for contractors to help you with your project.

Good luck selecting your contractor and stay tuned to the next Rule Your Attic! post where we teach you how to make sure the job’s done right!


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