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Cost of Attic Cleanup & Insulation Removal

Average Cost of Attic Cleaning and Insulation Removal Services

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to calculate the average cost of a major attic cleanup. Every project will have its own unique set of challenges, making it very difficult to provide a ballpark estimate. However, we have compiled this list to help you understand some of the different factors that may impact the cost, including:

1. Your location

Where you live may have a significant impact on the cost of attic cleaning services. For instance, labor rates are typically much higher in New York than they are in Minnesota. You can find the cost in your area by requesting free price quotes from local contractors.

2. Attic size

What is the approximate square footage of your attic? As a general rule, it will take longer to clean and restore a larger attic. This will increase the overall cost of your attic project.

3. Accessibility

Is your attic hard-to-reach? Will the ceiling height or layout of the attic complicate the cleanup process? Is there enough room for the contractor’s equipment? Are there any pipes, duct runs, or appliances that the contractor will need to work around?

4. Extent of damage

First, a licensed contractor will need to perform an on-site inspection to determine the severity of the damage. He or she will then be able to provide a list of recommended services and a more accurate cost estimate for the project. The services required will really depend on your unique situation. Is there an active pest infestation? Is there water damage as a result of a leaky roof? Or, are you preparing to convert your attic into a spare bedroom?

5. Asbestos removal

If you live in an older home, the insulation in your attic may contain asbestos. It’s important to complete the appropriate testing before the project beings. Asbestos removal can be an expensive undertaking as it must be handled by a certified, asbestos abatement contractor.

6. Pest control services

Are there any critters living in your attic? Has the infestation been a problem for an extended period of time? Birds, squirrels, rodents, bats, and any other wildlife should be removed and excluded before the attic is fully restored. Steps should also be taken to prevent the animals from re-entering your attic in the future. The contractor can then cleanup any animal droppings and remove all insulation to prevent further contamination. Check out ProMatcher’s Pest Control Cost Report to learn more about estimate pricing in your local area.

7. Services needed

  • Basic cleanup & restoration

  • Are you preparing for an attic remodel or renovation? Do you need help clearing out junk or reinforcing floorboards? Or, is your attic dusty and full of cobwebs? A contractor can help you clean, decontaminate, and restore your attic.

  • Fire damage

  • Has there been a fire in your home or attic? If so, your project may should be handled by a company that specializes in fire and smoke damage restoration. Get matched to fire damage contractors in your area now using ProMatcher.

  • Water damage

  • Attic damage is often the result of a leaky roof or poor ventilation. Over time, even too much humidity may impact the structural integrity of your attic. Mold and mildew growth can ruin insulation, produce foul odors, and may even impact your health. At the very least, your contractor should remove and replace all affected materials. If your bathroom fan is currently venting to your attic, you should also consider re-routing the vent through to the roof.

  • Other repairs

  • Some other components of your attic may need attention as well. Have mice chewed through your electrical wiring? Is there mold growth in your air ducts? If these extra projects require the services of additional subcontractors, your labor and material costs may increase.

8. Insulation removal

Insulation removal should be handled by a trained professional. The method of removal will depend on the type of insulation in your attic. For blown-in insulation, a commercial-grade vacuum and other special equipment. If mold is present, special cleanup licensed cleanup crew.

9. Insulation replacement

Most contractors will base their quote on the square footage of insulation required. The cost will be determined by the type of insulation material you choose. Some options include spray foam insulation, blown cellulose insulation, radiant barriers (or reflective insulation), and fiberglass batt insulation. You may also opt to install a vapor barrier to prevent water damage to the insulation. For many homeowners, replacing attic insulation is a great opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

10. Disposal fees

All dumpster rental and disposal fees should be included in your contractor’s itemized quote. Keep in mind that these dump fees may be more expensive when removing hazardous or asbestos-containing materials.

11. Consider value

The price should not be the only factor in your decision-making process. It’s important to work with a contractor that delivers a high-value service and gets the job done the right way. This means using the appropriate safety equipment, laying protective plastic sheeting, and cleaning up once the project is finished. The contractor that gives the lowest bid may not always deliver the most value.

12. Verify licensing

It’s very important to verify the credentials of your contractor before you hire. The company should properly licensed, bonded and insured in your state.

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