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"We Paid For Extra Insulation"

I ask all the time if a house is Energy Star or to meet certain criteria and with this one I got the answer, "We paid for extra insulation."

Who know what that means.

Extra as compared to what?  What is the normal and what are they adding to that?

When I get "extra" fried onions, or tomatoes, or pickle on my steak and cheese sub, I can tell as soon as I take a bite that I have "extra" over what is the normal.

But with insulation?  What's extra?

So, when I measured the insulation in this very expensive, very large house, with "extra" insulation, I wondered again.

What does extra mean!?

Seven or eight inches isn't a whole lot!

The insulation guys always argue with me about how much insulation should be in an attic to gain a certain R-value.

There is no point arguing with me.  I don't manufacture the stuff and set what the R-values are.

R-value, or Resistance Value, meaning the amount of insulative value a given product provides, is determined per inch.  I know the insulation companies like to say there are so many square feet and so many bags were put into it, therefore there is this or that much insulation.  But there are too many ways to make mistakes with that calculation to trust it.  And how can anyone say that the number of bags installed was accurate.

Per inch is the best way to calculate it, given the kind of insulation that is there.  Click here for a chart to see what R-value different kinds of insulation provides.  I provide that link on my reports.

The blown-in fiberglass above provides about 2.2 per inch.  So, this 7 - 8" level above would be providing between 15.4 and 17.6 in R-value.

That is very little insulation!  The Energy Star standard for our area is R-38.  Previous to Energy Star, and without "extra" insulation, the amount is R-30.

Further, insulation companies are required to leave a sheet declaring what they did.

The sheet left in this attic lists the kind of insulation that was used and how much.

This company claims to have put in 14.2" (how they get the .2 is above me) but still, 8" of blown-in fiberglass is not 14.2".

They also claim R-38 up there, shown on the left.

That is actually a clear photo of the sheet they left.  The sheet itself was exceptionally blurry. 

Maybe for a reason!

My recommendation:  get a home inspection!  My client could not be there.  He did not tell me about his "extra" insulation until I called him with the basics of the inspection.  He said he was "hoping" I would check the insulation.  Well, of course I check the insulation!!  That is MY Best Practice.  You think I am not going to investigate the insulation?  My client called me the next day to say they were putting in "more" insulation.  Having my charts to tell him how much should be there he was much better informed. 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 79 commentsJay Markanich • March 26 2014 03:22AM

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I know I should be up to date with that stuff but I'm not.  I do have a inspections this Saturday and I'll ask the inspector about it and see how up to date he is. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 4 years ago

Yes, that is off by a lot.  It really makes you wonder - do they need to retake math, do they not know how to measure or did they purposely mislead or just made a dumb mistake.  None are great options. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) about 4 years ago

That would appear to be about 1/2 what is expected. 

Seems to me that a warning should come with the house;

DANGER!  This home will have very high utility bills due to the insufficient insulation in the attic.

HA!

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 4 years ago

James - I am required to take a lot of hours of continuing education every year to keep up with things.  I take twice as many hours as required, and I can't keep up with it all.

Debbie - I really think they think they will not be followed up on.

Lenn - and there is a LOT of square footage of ceiling on that upper level to let heat out!  This is a huge house - Seneca Road in Great Falls.  I like the red!  I'm in West Virginia this morning, so I'll be to the meet up as soon as I can get there.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Claims and reality....often not the same....yicks !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

Hi Jay,

One of the simplest things to do when building or even adding the proper amount of insulation. But in many cases it is often the worst when it comes to meeting the proper amount that is supposed to be there. I write this up as minimal insulation when the amount is only half of what was touted. Simply put. Contractors cutting corners again to save a couple dollars.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 4 years ago

It's sad that builders and insulation contractors let this go unchecked and pass it unless someone actually measures it and points out the shortage.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

It seems there are using "New Math" to come up with their answer.

Education is a good thing.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

Everything had to be checked, S&D!

Clint - when there are no rulers in the rafters telling the installation depth, that is a sure sign!  No rulers here!  Gee, why?

Jeff - the supervisor is supposed to check.  Maybe he did, or was told it was proper and bought that.  I never buy that.

Raymond - I have to confess I did NOT excel at new math!  This calculation I can do, though.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Builders do it because they know they can get away with it very simple

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago

I hope your client could call out the company that put in the "extra" insulation to let them fix the situation. Is it at all possible for the insulation to 'settle' a couple inches after it is blown in?

Posted by Christi Hacker, Your Omaha Area Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams Greater Omaha) about 4 years ago

At a networking meeting a man talked about a client not having insulation in the crawl and the attic. He said they had just bought the home. Afterwards, I spoke to him privately and said that certainly came up on the home inspection and he just looked at me. I can't tell you how many times I see missing insulation. Good home inspectors, like yourself, are priceless.

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) about 4 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Maybe, like a good draft beer, they installed the insulation with a lot of air bubbles. - Good head; eventually it goes flat.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Ed Silva summed it up nicely. Nice when an inspector is used who covers all the bases.

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) about 4 years ago

Jay, eight inches of insulation sounds like a lot until you calculate the R-Value.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 4 years ago

Jay, I'm thinking math isn't what it used to be. I can only imagine that the homeowners had no idea.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 4 years ago

Looks like the only thing extra there Jay is the money lining the contractors pockets.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 4 years ago

Jay, thanks for including that link to the R-value chart. No question, the builder was cutting corners. I would guess there would be some settling, but nothing like 8 or 9 inches!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) about 4 years ago

 

When is more insulation not a good thing?  Just curious if too much insulation has a negative impact on the air circulation inside the attic? 

Posted by Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia (Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 agentandersen@gmail.com) about 4 years ago

Usually the case is that in older homes the insulation has been added to meet current codes. Good to have the inspector check.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 4 years ago

It would seem important to have some quantifiable number for this extra insulation Jay, an inspection would probably work.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 4 years ago

Hi Jay. This is a really sad story....

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

You had to mention a steak sandwich with extra fried onions? Jay? Literally a good post here

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago

Jay-that's a far cry from the claimed 14 inches. They just figured nobody would actually check it. 

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) about 4 years ago

     Those light bills are going to go literally through the roof!  Great explanation of R-Values.  

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Jay, Interesting how so many areas are different. Here we are required to have R-49 so depending on the insulation you are looking at 15 to 18 inches of white fluff. 

Curious do they require markers in your area? Here they are required to install depth markers.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Nice job explaining R-values, I wonder what happend to the other 6 inches of insulation...

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) about 4 years ago

I am sure there is 2-3' of insulation over the living room and master bedrooms to make those more comfortable, right? 

Sounds like an insulation company is ripping off the builder/client.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 4 years ago

it was probalby all fluffy at first before it settled??? LOL, I guess Batts may be a more reliable form of insulation, at least more consistent - I am surprised we have not seen a switch to expanding foam for new construction

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 4 years ago

I need more insulation in my attic.

Posted by Dwight Puntigan, Dwight Puntigan (DRP Realty, LLC) about 4 years ago

Not surprised, it comes down to trust and unfortunately more and more businesses are becoming untrustworthy.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 4 years ago

That is one of the things that I would check before I let the insulation guys leave... if I paid for XXin of insulation i would want that amount.  I can' imagine that it would settle 6 in but i suppose that could happen over years or if the homeowner went up into the attic to do something.

Posted by Alyson Engelbrecht about 4 years ago

Sounds like you really need to check out the company that you hire to insulate your home! Good information!

Posted by Frank Harper, Broker/Owner, Realtor, GRI, SFR. (Idaho Family Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Jay. Insulation is so important. Owners need to have the job inspected. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 4 years ago

Jay, so if this is new construction, where are the insulation depth markers?  They make it a whole lot easier to determine compliance.  Of course I don't know what code cycle you are under there.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago

Hello Jay - I see this all the time as well.  Very seldom does the amount claimed on the card match the actual depth.

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) about 4 years ago

Happy I don't live in an area where you have to deal with winter. We need insulation for the opposite. To keep the warm out and the cool in.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 4 years ago

I would think that's generally true Ed.  But the supervisor's very job is making sure things are done correctly!

My client won't have to Christi - that would be the builder's responsibility here as this house has not yet been lived in.  And yes, insulation settles, but over time.  And when it does, necessarily, there is less R-value.

Shannon - insulation is permanent, so very important.  And it has to be done right.

There's a metaphor in there Michael!  Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.

It's essential to check everything on new construction Gary.  And that is most unfortunate.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

And that is the only way to find out Mike.  This 8" was the highest I saw anywhere, with some areas having only 5".  It was nice seeing you today!

Mike C. - he did have no idea!  He was wondering because apparently he paid a lot extra for the, um, "extra!"

Succint Richard.  And unfortunately true.  Bonuses are important!

There will be settling Tom, over time.  Which is why if you want a certain R-value there should be a bit extra in there.

No effect at all Laura.  In fact, the Icynene foam insulation prevents 100% of air flow in and out of an attic.  But not in the house.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

And that is what we do David!

Tom - if he was going to get R-38 and paid for "extra," then the amount should exceed that.  But I don't know by how much.  This was a paltry amount, however.

I agree Sheila.  I'm glad there is a need for home inspections, but this is sad, as you say.  And sometimes the builder tries to shoot the messenger, who is only that.

Thanks Richie.  It was the first "extra" thought that came to mind.

That is likely true Adrian.  Too bad for them!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Thanks Fred.  This problem, over time, will be hugely expensive if not corrected.

Don - 49 divided by 2.2 = 22.25" of white fluff.  Plus a little extra for settling!  I don't know if they "require" the markers here, but when I don't see them on a pre-drywall I always say something.  Once I found the rulers doubled over, and stapled so they started at 5"!!

Stefan - once I had the builder accuse me of squishing it down, all over the attic, just to take the photo.  Yeah, right...

All true Than!  Extra everywhere!  Ripping off?  You think?

Robert - Icynene is extremely expensive.  I did one inspection with the attic entirely full of it and it cost the buyers $80K.  They will NEVER break even on that.  Some builders are using it on rim joists, only about 1/2" or so, and combining it with fiberglass.  Batt fiberglass is usually so full of gaps and holes it is essentially ineffective.

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Dwight - we could all probably say that!

I think it stinks Pete.  I have a "Golden Rule Businesses" blog on my website.  And I mean what I say in it.

Alyson - THAT is what the supervisor is for!!  His very job!

Frank - I think that builder should seriously reconsider their insulation sub!

For sure Grant!  Hence my coming along, at an inopportune time for the builder!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Charlie - that recommendation depends on whether there is an Energy Star criteria or not.  As to the rulers, see what I said to Don Hester above in #41!  I don't trust the markers when I do see them.

Andy - we all wonder why not.  New home, not settlement yet - stand up for who you say you are, insulation company!

That's exactly right Bill.  And it's just as important for you as for cold weather.  Heat seeks cold and frankly, AC costs much more than gas heat!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Jay,

Thank you for posting. I now actually understand what R-Value is.  

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) about 4 years ago

And I'm glad you do W&J.  Did I tell you I went to WJ high school?  Walter Johnson, in Bethesda MD.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Great post again, Jay - very informative!!

Posted by Jill Saddler, Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+! about 4 years ago

Well, "fraud" is a whole nuther issue---why would a builder go there?  It is one thing to be arrogant and/or ignorant.   Trust but verify they say.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago

I bet this happens often Jay. Companies probably think that the homeowner won't actually check and measure the "extra" insulation so they can just charge for it and it won't cost them any extra money. 

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) about 4 years ago

Thanks Jill.  We try, we really try.

Charlie - I think fraud is the exact word.  And not by the builder probably, but the supervisor's job is to check EXACTLY this sort of thing.

Did your shadow hurt his neck or is he just tired?  Sad and dejected?

I think you are right Suzanne, as I see this so often.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Thanks for these tips! Only a good inspector can really tells us if we got extra insulation.  Unless we have some special knowledge, we could not figure it out on our own.

Posted by Athina Boukas, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (Virginia Capital Realty) about 4 years ago

Athina - you can iff'n you gots a ruler and a chart!  Knowledge is powerful!

P.s.  I just gave you the link to the charts!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

The shadow is just looking under something near a chimney

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago

I don't know why he needs to look.  I understand the Shadow knows. 

So, even before looking -- he knows...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Even the shadow know it is best practice to trust but verify

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 4 years ago

Wow, something I never even think about it my own home. Guess I would if the temperature was always changing. But, yes our inspectors do check that too!

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 4 years ago

That was originally Reagan's phrase when he was asked why the US had to check to make sure the Russians were getting rid of their stuff as they promised, since they were our allies, you know.  I'm glad the Shadow is in on the technique.

Insulation is important no matter what the temperature is Karen.  And making snow angels in the attic is very fun too...

;>)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Maybe they paid for less? Lol Yep the white insulation needs to be 14.2 for R-38 and often it's thicker to make sure they are are still above that level when it settles a little.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) about 4 years ago

Jay  This is very interesting.  I had no idea how to measure the amount of insulation...

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 4 years ago

Can you say busted? Imagine how many homes the installers do and never get caught? That's a lotta savings.... for them.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) about 4 years ago
Jay I think this should be as important as fuel economy in a car great story
Posted by Rob Lyszczarz (RE/MAX Properties Unlimited) about 4 years ago

Rob - that would be if this is the thicker, heavier-weight stuff, and there's no evidence it is.  This is the link I give my clients -

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/types-insulation

Joan - there is only one way to measure it!  Actually anything that will penetrate it and has the ability to measure.

Scott - you have to know that.  Somethings like this would never be caught because even if people have a home inspector or roofer or someone go into the attic space for some reason it would not occur to them to measure the insulation.

Not a bad analogy Rob!  This really does add up hugely over time.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Yikes, just about half of what they thought they had received.  Good thing they had you check it out!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 4 years ago

Not the only thing in this house Kat!  Yes, a very good thing.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

If you inapect anything enough you will find issues. Especially a home with 1,000 products.

Posted by Jeffrey Hogue, Berks County Real Estate Pro (Weichert Realtors Neighborhood One) about 4 years ago

And in every home I am looking at a thousand things, Jeffrey!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me how this stuff happens because no one checks. Obviously since no one 'stole' the extra insulation it was installed incorrectly. Pays to always get an inspection.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 4 years ago

Very interesting, Jay. Thanks for getting my brain working this morning.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) about 4 years ago

Just a way for an unscrupulous builder to cut costs - thinking that the homeowner will never know. A slimy practice.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 4 years ago

Always get a home inspection.  Even when buying a new home.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Insulation also settles over time and what was an acceptable R value when it was installed may not be acceptable today. Always have it checked.

Posted by Steven Murray, Broker, SRES® IRES SRS Toronto Real Estate Board, Your Durham Region Real Estate Broker (COLDWELL BANKER R.M.R., Brokerage) about 4 years ago

Lyn - I found this before and that particular builder accused me of pushing down the insulation ALL OVER THE ATTIC so I could take the photo and have something to report!  I told my client to have the builder come over to my house and tell me that to my face.  Gee, he never showed.  And put more insulation up there later.

Lottie - the best time for that is morning!

'Tis Marte, 'tis!  And I bet this happens more often than we want to imagine.

You bet Gene.  An absolute practice.

And when not acceptable at first it's even worse later Steven!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Ahhh I love the issues that are actually easy to fix, as this one is. Now about that mold.....................

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) about 4 years ago

This one is easy Kathleen!  And I hope they do it right.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

As an EcoBroker (green realtor) I see/hear your frustration.  So sad when companies don't live up to what they sell.  Good for you for going above and beyond. And ALWAYS get a home inspection!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 4 years ago

Jan - I think it's better to get the minimum stuff and upgrade on one's own.  If I blew extra up there it would be cellulose - which has a 3.7 R-value per inch.  And it would be far cheaper than paying the extra "green" to the builder.  That's a lot of extra!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Unfortunately we see this a lot and even "forgeting to cover some areas at all.  They save a few hundred and cost the owner a lot over time.  The good news is that it costs very little to upgrade.

Posted by Ric Mills, Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge (Keller Williams Southern Az) about 4 years ago

I had a completely void attic space a few weeks ago Ric!  And it had been without insulation for over 20 years!  Nobody noticed??!!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Always get a home inspection. I added insulation to my attic a few years ago and it made a big difference.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 3 years ago

That's a smart thing to do Wayne.  And, if undisturbed, you will not need to do it again.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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