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Essential Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Posted April 14, 2016

If you’re buying or selling a home, you might need to hire an insulation contractor serving the greater Seattle area. If a home’s crawlspace or attic insulation is old, damaged, or faulty, the home will not be as comfortable, secure, or energy-efficient. Here are some essential tips for hiring an insulation contractor to inspect insulation and provide insulation installation or insulation removal.

Ask Friends and Family for RecommendationsThe best place to start when looking for a qualified insulation contractor is with friends and family. You can ask people you know if they have ever had an inspection of their attic or crawlspace insulation, and if so, if they required old insulation removal and new insulation installation. Ask them about their experiences with their insulation contractor, and if they were happy with the cost and quality of his work. You can also ask for a professional recommendation from your real estate agent.

Verify That the Insulation Contractor is Licensed and Insured

The insulation contractor that you hire must be fully licensed and insured in order to provide legal insulation services. You can verify a contractor’s license, certifications, inspection history, violations, safety citations, insurance information, and lawsuit information by visiting the website for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. You don’t want to hire an insulation contractor whose license is not current, who has had complaints or lawsuits filed against him, who does not have insurance, or who is in violation of industry safety standards. This puts you at risk for shoddy attic or crawlspace insulation services.

Check Online Customer Reviews and Testimonials

Another great way to verify whether an insulation contractor is qualified, experienced, and reputable is to check online customer reviews and testimonials. Look the contractor up online and read customer reviews to determine if the work was completed correctly, on time, and at a reasonable price. Look for red flags in reviews, such as contractors who are described as unfriendly, unskilled, overpriced, dishonest, or hard to communicate with or get ahold of.