Many folks think that doing it yourself is cheaper. Is that necessarily the case? For instance, why do I have to hire a roof repair specialist, when I can fit my own new tiling?
Well, it would also depend on the nature of your project as to whether an amateur or a professional is needed for the task at hand.
If you lack the expertise needed, you often end up paying as much as 40% more.
Why is DIY not always the answer?
Even though doing it yourself is technically free, lacking the knowledge to perform the task can end up being very costly.
Other things to consider is the scheduling and hiring, which may involve duties such as having to move a wall that would require the services of an engineer and architect as well as coordinating permits.
Many a contractor would be well aware of who would be best suited to finish a given project at an affordable rate. They would even know how to schedule the work to ensure efficient use of time and prevent an unnecessary waste of hard-earned money.
An example of this is when a plumber is called out to check out a pressing issue for which they would charge you and may have to come out again to fix the problem.
The thing is that a roofing contractor is likely to get their estimation of what is needed right the first time. Why do you have to pay more than you have to? Especially if it happens to be a small issue that the roofer is capable of sorting out themselves. It is suggested you enlist the services of a contractor who is skilled in other areas of home improvement to take care of most jobs.
The takeaway from all this is to hire a pro once you realize the scope of your given project is more extensive or more dangerous than anticipated.
What if you require an insulation upgrade?
Would it be something you can do on your own or should you hire a specialist?
Were you aware that to insulate a standard conventional attic would cost in the region of around $2.60 to $3.70 per square foot?
There are all sorts of reasons why many a homeowner would opt to do insulation, which includes:
- Mold and moisture prevention
- Energy savings
- To be compliant with code regulations
- To prevent the buildup of ice dams
- To ensure comfort
What Plays a Role in Home Insulation Costs?
Various factors affect the cost of an insulation upgrade.
Let’s take a look:
- Space – Pay attention to the size of your attic as you would have to address access points issues as well as any additional work required, which will escalate the costs associated with an attic insulation. What will add to the overall costs would be things like crawl space, walls, and basements.
- Airflow – You will need to take into account venting and air sealing costs for your attic insulation installation. Proper airflow is required to remove moisture and heat from the attic space. Therefore, it often happens that all sorts of problems are encountered to do with roof vents. It is imperative to monitor soffit venting and check to see if it covers the space it ventilates before considering setting up insulation.
- Insulation Options – On top of the overall attic space, the kind of home insulation you opt to set up will influence the cost of your project. One of the main types of insulation would be blown-in insulation, spray foam insulation, and fiberglass batts insulation.
Should the Old Insulation Be Removed?
Usually, it would be to your advantage to get rid of old insulation as it can potentially harbor rodent excrement or dangerous mildew.
Another type of insulation that is commonly used is cellulose insulation that involves the use of paper sacks, newspapers, and recycled paper. The end product would be treated to prevent molding. In turn, it would repel fire and insects.
Fiberglass would attract mold whereas cellulose doesn’t. What is more, it traps air a lot better, which makes it a very cost effective insulation material.
Experts in the field of insulation agree in saying that it is crucial to ensure your attic space is thoroughly air sealed to prevent mold.
Specialists in roofing and insulation matters advise against pulling out old insulation unless there are signs of animal feces and mold. It sure is a costly undertaking and often not needed. The cost to have it removed range from one to two dollars per square foot.