Looking for an Insulation Contractor?

insulation contractor being hired

With winter upon us soon, it’s about time that we started to look for an insulation contractor to repair or install home insulation to keep us warm during the colder season. However, hiring a contractor isn’t as simple as just making a phone call and expecting someone professional to come around. It does take a lot of research and you’ll want to prepare ahead of time by doing your research.

1. The contractor vetting process

It’s important to ask a lot of questions if you’re going to be hiring an insulation contractor. You should be asking them things about their experience, how long they’ve been in the business and so on. For your specific task, you’ll want to ask them what experience they’ve had in that area of insulation installation. For example, if they’re used to working in crawl spaces, exterior walls or if they specialize in roof insulation. There are many places that insulation can be installed in, so it’s sometimes a good idea to ask your insulation contractor where they usually install it.

You should also ask them what materials they’re used to working with. For instance, working with brick is a lot different to vinyl siding and the process involved to add the insulation is completely different.

2. Is the contractor licensed?

One of the most important things is to ensure that your contractor is actually licensed. This means asking them for proof that they have the right certifications to do the job and to also ensure that they are legally able to carry out an insulation installation. Many contractors you find will lie about their certifications and they’re the ones that you want to avoid. They’ll end up costing you more money and could even damage your home with a poor job.

person on phone looking to hire insulation cont

Avoid any cheap services and always go for the insured and licensed insulation contractors that are available. While you do have to pay more, it’s well worth the added cost.

3. Does your contractor offer a warranty?

It’s also important to see if your insulation contractor offers a warranty. The last thing you want is for the insulation to fail over time. Accidents will happen and liability insurance means that you’re protected from those concerns. If your property is damaged then a warranty will ensure that you get it fixed and repaired as quickly as possible.

Insulation contractors have an obligation to deliver the highest level of customer service they can, and this means offering a lifetime warranty as a standard. If the contractor you’re speaking with doesn’t offer this, then you should avoid them at all costs.

4. Does your contractor know about the products they use?

Do a little bit of research into the most common materials used for insulation and ask your insulation contractor about them. If they’ve got no clue about the differences between materials or a closed cell and open cell spray foam insulation, then they’re not qualified to install your insulation and you’d be better off hiring a different contractor. Some shady insulation contractors will always “recommend” products that are expensive so they receive the highest profit margins, but you need to be on the lookout for honest contractors that will give you the choices and only have their recommendation as general advice.

An insulation contractor that doesn’t know about the products they use is either a con artist looking to sell you an expensive product that you don’t need or someone that isn’t qualified to install your insulation for you.

5. Ask how experienced the insulation contractor is

Sit down with the contractor or speak to them over the phone and ask them how long they’ve been in the business. Many companies will say that they’ve been in the business for decades, but a quick Google search should reveal just how long the company has really been active. Contractors will occasionally lie about their experience just to show that they’re reliable, but what’s reliable isn’t their word–it’s the work they’ve done. You have every right to ask them for a portfolio or information about completed jobs to show that they’re capable of doing what they say they can. If their website or store doesn’t have pictures of previous jobs, then it’s probably best to avoid them and look for a more experienced contractor.

If you can’t find a contractor that is willing to show you their past work, then there’s a good chance they’re either not proud of their work or they simply don’t have the experience. Although it’s perfectly acceptable to rely on a service that admits they don’t have much experience in the field, you’re usually better off paying more for a guaranteed quality of service.

6. RGS Crawl Space Insulation

The last point we want to make is that we, RGS Crawl Space Insulation is the contractor for you. We follow all the points above and offer a free inspection of your crawl space or attic to make sure we will solve your insulation needs. Contact us today or book your free evaluation today.

Put any other points in the comments section below to help others with hiring an insulation contractor.

 

5 Tools Everyone in the Home Inspector Industry Should Be Using

Home inspector looking at windows

As a home inspector, it’s vital to have the right kit with you whenever you are on a job. Regardless of the changes to housing laws and state regulations for buildings, the tools of your trade are critical. Below are five of the essential tools that you should have to ensure you do your work safely, accurately, and efficiently.

 

Flashlights for home inspector

Lighting

Flashlights are essential for home inspectors so that you can peer into the dark, unlit corners, nooks and crannies that exist in every building. A headlamp is thoroughly recommended, too. You will be doing a lot of climbing ladders, and that extra hand could be put to better work to ensure you climb safely and have free hands for things like attic inspections. A flashlight is also incredibly handy for lighting up a dark room when you are taking pictures. The camera flash is OK, but it can sometimes impact on the quality of your final shot – a flash light will help you highlight the problem area or damage and ensure the photo is nice and visible.

RGS Crawl Space Insulation

RGS Crawl Space Insulation is one of the best tools for a home inspector on the market today. There are plenty of reasons why this is the case. First, the chances are that when you go into any home, there is a very good chance you will find unhealthy or damaged insulation in its attic or crawl space. It’s a common issue and you must be prepared. Your clients will be appreciative, too, as you will be able to inform them about who could fix the crawl space or attic. Plus, of course, it gives you, the inspector, one more resource to offer to your clients to help them through the whole process. If customer service is important to your image – as it should be – it’s giving your client some extra help like this that can help you get referrals and loyal customers.

Pin-probe Moisture Meter

One of the most common problems you need to watch out for as a home inspector is moisture. One of the best tools at your disposal to deal with this part of the job is a pin-Probe moisture meter. These clever tools will make your work so much easier, and, in our opinion, are better than the scanning meter alternatives. There are a few good reasons why. First, you can find them built to a tiny and highly portable design, and because they are so small and slim, they are easy to carry and slip out of your pouch as and when you need them. The best pin-probe meters are highly responsive and give you instant feedback, and if you take some time to do your research, you can find a meter that offers strength and durability. It’s also worth bearing in mind that you get what you pay for. But given that this little tool will be used so much, and will last such a long time, it won’t be long until you make your money back on your investment.

Folding/Telescopic ladder

As a home inspector, you will need to do a lot of climbing – possibly into attic spaces and beyond, but also so you can inspect potential problems in high ceilings. The beauty of telescopic combination ladders is that they are easy to carry around and break out on the fly. Essentially, it could be a 2-foot step ladder for smaller heights, but also a 6-foot frame ladder to access stair-free attics. They close to a very tiny scale, too so you won’t have to worry about hauling heavy, bulky equipment or damaging your client’s property.

Infrared Thermal Imaging Device

If you want to take your home inspection job to the next level, infrared thermal imaging is where it is at. Not only will it help you be more accurate with your work, but it will also save you bucket loads of time. Sure, infrared cameras aren’t cheap, but a good one will last you for a decade or two – and they are well worth the investment. Can’t quite stretch to a couple of thousand dollars for a good camera? If so, why not get infrared for your current mobile device? With a simple thermal imaging device paired with your phone’s camera, you can save hundreds – maybe thousands – of dollars.

A Message to the Home Inspector

There are, of course, hundreds of different tools you can use for a home inspection. However, the list above will give you the vast majority of things you need to succeed in your role. Have we missed any? Why not let us know?