I recently had an energy audit done and they found that my attic doesn’t have enough insulation. I live in Connecticut. It currently has 4 inch batts (not sure what the R# is). They recommended me to add more insulation along with a pull down stair cover and baffles. For 900 sq feet, They quoted me R60 cellulose – $1915. This price is after the CT rebate. They will not be removing the old insulation claiming it’s for moisture control.
I got quotes from a couple of other companies and one company is 3 times the price, $6638, of the above quote. They said they will remove the old insulation. There are mouse droppings in there. Install barriers for the light fixtures and cover the ducts and floors with foam. They will also install an attic deck and blow in R60 (16”).
My questions are:
1) does mouse dropping old insulation need to be removed? It’s not much and you have to look for those droppings.
2) should I just do this myself? I am kind of handy if I watch a few YouTube videos, I think I can do it. But time is the problem. I have limited time with my kids on the weekends. How much is material costs if I were to do it myself? <$700?
3) if I do it myself, should I just install thicker batts instead of cellulose? It would be easier without needing the machine.
4) if you were to choose, which one would you pick? I am also waiting for 1 more quote from an all foam installation but my guess is that it will be around $7000.
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