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Old 12-17-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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I've been trying to figure out what to do to insulate my house more.
I had a quote of $1840.00 for blown insulation to cover 1520 sq ft, with R30, attic space and above garage.
I thought this seemed like a pretty outrageous price, but not really sure what would be a good price.
Any input?
Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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That sounds pretty high if they're just blowing between the joists on open attic space. I would get a few more quotes...also, some energy efficiency fed tax credits are supposed to kick in starting in 2009 so you might check into that because from what I've seen they can be used towards insulation.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency : ENERGY STAR
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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that does sound high, at least for where i'm at.

typically we figure $0.90-$1.10 per sq. ft. to insulate an entire home w/ blown insulation (walls too). its not priced to us by the foot, but that's an average we can use when doing a rough estimation. i'd get another price.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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You can just rent the machine and do it yourself for a small fraction of that price.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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You are being quoted "Dead of winter" prices. Had you done it in July, it would have been half as much...
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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Wow, thanks everyone for the information! I thought that seemed really high, but I had no idea. We'll check into getting the machine to do it ourselves or I'll wait until the summer.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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Where do you rent the machines from? Home Depot or Lowes?
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country, TX
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I've seen the machine at Home Depot for sure, but would guess that Lowe's might have it as well.... Just check with your local branch.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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If you do it yourself, make sure you wear appropriate safety clothing, respirator and goggles.
I had a similar area done for $700 by the Home Depot Contractors but that was 2 years ago.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Does Lowes rent tools? I have never seen a Lowes with a tool rental department. Maybe they have them and I just never knew it.

Also be sure to get a mask to cover your nose and mouth. You do nto need a fancy one, just something basic.
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