By Gene and Katie Hamilton

You can get estimates for fiberglass insulation over the telephone by measuring the attic because its installation is figured by the square foot. Fiberglass is probably the most widely used insulation material in new residential construction, so all you need to know is the total square footage to be insulated. Most insulation contractors will give you a cost per square foot over the phone but will not give an estimate without seeing your job. There are many variables, such as ease of access, that will affect the time it will take to install the insulation.

Go online and use a search engine by typing "attic insulation installed in (your city)" in the search box of Bing, Yahoo or Google for a regional referral or search for a contractor referral service.

This job could also be done by just about any rough carpenter or handyman, a jack-of-all trades who can evaluate, estimate and complete home improvement projects. You'll usually find they advertise in local newspapers and listed as "Handyman Services" in the Yellow Pages. If there's a bulletin board in a hardware store or home center you may find postings of their business cards.

Since working in an attic in the summer months can be very uncomfortable (and hot!) it's best to hire out the job in the Spring or Fall, when the temperature is more comfortable.