We decided to put a hold on the insulation and get a home audit first. That’s where they go through your house to find issues with air leakage and such. They’ll write up a report for me in a couple of days to give me an idea of suggested fixes.
I went through our electricity provider (APS) to get a $99 audit. I don’t think it actually saves much money on the inspection itself, but any repairs we choose are potentially discounted. Also, these guys are approved contractors, so we can apply for rebates from APS.
I found out from one of the guys that blown-in insulation may be a better bet. I thought that batts were better — especially since blown-in can shift around — so I went online to check out his claim. Turns out, the two are about equal. So the one way that batts are inferior is that you have to pay very close attention to make sure there are no gaps, which is (from what I read anyway) harder than it sounds.
Also, there’s a decent chance that blown-in insulation is cheaper or around the same cost as batts. As many of you pointed out in comments on my last post, it may be better to pay for some help than to obliterate my health. (It’s amazing the things that just don’t occur to me sometimes.) And if approved contractors install it, we’d be eligible for rebates. So I’m going to see what the report says.
Of course, if we don’t go with the batts, then we have $700ish in Home Depot gift cards that are not returnable. (I checked.) Because I was so polite about it, though, the Raise people ave me a $5 discount on my next Raise purchase. Given that they didn’t have to do anything at all, I think that’s pretty swell.
Now I just have to remember to write a nice note to Raise to let them know about the excellent service I received. As I’ve mentioned in the past, it’s important to laud the good service you get.
Other than that, things are pretty quiet. I’m waiting for the third and final bid. (There were four guys initially, but one of them appears to have flaked.)
So far, we have a bid of $2,200 for the mason and $1,600 for the handyman. Guess which one I’m favoring. I don’t imagine that the third guy (who’s a mason) will be better than the handyman’s. But if his bid isn’t too much more, I’d probably choose him. He had the best ratings on Angie’s List, though all were highly recommended. Plus, it’s a family company. He inherited the business from his father-in-law. I find that kind of neat.
Anybody else in the throes of spring repairs?