Beware the Dangers of Chinese Drywall

Have you ever heard of Chinese drywall? If you’re like others, probably not–until you had a problem with it. According to Wikipedia, the term “Chinese drywall” refers to an environmental health issue involving defective Chinese-manufactured drywall that was imported to the U.S. beginning in the 2000s, containing volatile chemicals that can emit sulfurous gasses including ... Read More

Home Safety Inspections are a MUST

I recently spoke to a friend of mine who was excited about a new deck he was having added to his home. Less than a month later, he was calling me to tell me that the deck had collapsed. Luckily, nobody was on the deck when this happened, however, this event highlighted the necessity for ... Read More

Is the Economy Causing Builders’ Risks to Rise?

I saw this article titled “Unfamiliar Jobs Boost Builders’ Risks” recently on and was struck by how relevant it was to the building industry here in Northern Virginia. In a nutshell, it talks about how, with the economic downturn, builders and contractors have been forced to look for new ways to perform their work, ... Read More

What’s With Our Name– Först?

Many people have been asking us about our name: Först Consulting Group. They want to know where we got it and if it has any special meaning.  So I thought it was time to share the story. As many of you know, I got married in May 2015 and simply, Först is my wife Mareike’s ... Read More

Who Does the Spring Cleanup When You’re Away?

Now that Spring is here, it is time to freshen up the outside of your home after winter’s long ravages. Heavy snowstorms may have torn down branches, or littered your lawn with twigs and leaves. Icy rains may have torn your gutters from the roofline or disturbed your downspouts. March winds could have ripped protective ... Read More

Först Consulting Group Loves Referrals

At Först Consulting Group, we’re pleased to say that most of our work comes directly from referrals given to us from our happy customers. To Först, a referral is much more than a job. It is an endorsement of our quality work. When a customer goes out of their way to recommend us to their ... Read More

Construction Inspection – What to Look for While the Work is Being Done

Even the slightest defect can wreak havoc on your construction project, and often the defects can be undetectable to the eye since they are hidden behind the walls. That’s why an independent Construction Inspection is so important. But many homeowners don’t think of it, trusting only the word of their contractor. Först Consulting Group provides ... Read More

New Service: Owner’s Construction Advocate for Renovation Projects

When you renovate your home, things are turned upside down. Normal schedules are interrupted, the space is in disarray, and you have to oversee the project on top of your already-busy day. The job of managing your construction, remodeling or renovation project just got easier with the addition of the new Owner’s Construction Advocate service ... Read More

Först Consulting Group Now Takes Credit Cards

Först Consulting Group is pleased to announced that we are now accepting credit card payments. This should make payments easier for our clients in both the construction industry and the private sector. Although we don’t yet accept payments through our website, credit cards do make it convenient for you. Simply contact us when you’re ready ... Read More

In My Expert Opinion…

Loosely defined in Wikipedia, an expert witness, professional witness, or judicial expert is a person who, through experience, training, education or skill, has the expertise and specialized knowledge in a particular subject greater than the average person’s, and who can be relied upon to provide a professional opinion about evidence or a fact. Sometimes experts ... Read More