About Först Consulting Group

Owner Matthew Furlong has over 20 years of experience as a construction expert and licensed contractor in the construction and remodeling industry, and founded Först Consulting Group to help others with construction disputes. Since we own a Class A construction company ourselves (NovaCustomBuilders.com), and are still actively building, we can accurately estimate the cost of work that needs to be redone, and estimate what materials are deemed necessary to repair the defective work.

We also understand that errors occur. And we know how to resolve them. We know what to do—and what not to do—to accumulate and present evidence in construction disputes, and offer advice, consulting, inspection services, and construction expert witness testimony.

Clients include homeowners, contractors, builders and architects, as well as attorneys.

Matthew Furlong holds a Class A Contractor’s license and is a NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) member in good standing. He has furnished expert services to attorneys, government agencies, homeowners, builders, contractors and architects.

Contact Först Consulting Group to see how we can serve you.

CASE STUDY: HOMEOWNER REPRESENTATION
In a recent case, homeowners engaged Först Consulting Group to review work performed at their home by a contractor. The work was deemed to be faulty and codes were not followed, and this provided substance for a case to be brought against the contractor who performed the work. A site inspection was performed and a thorough written inspection report was provided that was used as evidence in court.

Findings are completely explained in detail, defining what the problem is and how it must be fixed. Our report also provides estimated costs and a list of required materials. This report can be used as a comparison estimate to hire another builder, if necessary.

CASE STUDY: ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION
Först Consulting Group was recently engaged by a representing attorney to provide expert testimony as a construction witness for a court case involving a dispute between a builder and a building owner.

Our third-party reports are detailed enough to be entered into evidence and are often used as proof during court cases or for arbitration or litigation purposes.

What’s With Our Name– Först?
Först is my wife Mareike’s maiden name. It is a German name, and we have been able to trace my wife’s family and the name to the northwestern edge of the Harz mountain range in the Pfalz area of Germany, all the way back to 1789. My own heritage is German as well. Since my first business was named for me Furlong Construction I thought it was only right that I named my second business for her. (So did she.)