Insulation has to be the first improvement you do in your home if you are keen on improving its energy efficiency. Cavity wall or loft insulation gives you huge savings a year on your electricity bills, and is the easiest and least costly home improvement project you can make.
Even the government thinks that home insulation should be prioritized, and they have combined forces with energy providers, home improvement stores and bodies to provide discounted or sometimes completely free insulation services. But how do you tell if you are getting a fair deal, and what questions must you ask before letting someone get inside your home for the installation?
Cavity Wall Insulation
Insulation Tips for The Average Joe
As in all the other industries, there are cowboys in this business that you should steer clear of. It seems that a lot do not have the right knowledge needed to perform this work, and these are the providers that fail to ask homeowners important questions to make sure they offer the best possible service. It is important for your cavity wall insulation company to ask what problems you have with your walls, because clearly, these have to be solved prior to installation. Otherwise, you may have to deal with even worse problems and a bigger bill to solve them. Also keep in mind that insulation service providers are not all created equal, and there is a wide discrepancy in the quotes they may provide. In other words, consider at least three or even four companies and their individual quotes so you can compare.
Learning The “Secrets” of Services
Most loft insulation projects involve a number of pitfalls. Of course, before your loft can be insulated, these things have to be cleared. Some insulation companies will include this as part of their service, but there will be additional charges. Others may board up your loft once the insulation has been installed, and additional charges will also apply.
In any case, always check what the competition offers. Some will give you not just free insulation, but free loft clearing and re-boarding too in one comprehensive service package. Others will clear the loft partially and may not do any clearance at all, which means they will not give you a quote until this part of the job is done. Therefore, it is very important to know what exactly you’re paying for before you decide on a certain company.
You must always check whether the insulation company you’re about to choose, is a member of an official regulation or accreditation scheme in the industry. Finally, be wary of companies that use scare tactics to convince homeowners to hire them for wall and loft insulation even when it’s not the best solution for them. Never take things for granted and do your homework before trusting anyone.