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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part III: Terms of a Valid Construction Contract

What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part III: Terms of a Valid Construction Contract

In Part I of our four-part series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors, we discussed Virginia licensing requirements. In Part II, we explored the types of payment contracts. Here in Part III, we’ll look at the elements that are required for a valid Virginia Residential Construction Contract. Part III: Terms of a Valid Virginia Construction ... Read More
 
Your Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Is Due

Your Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Is Due

Once a year you need to have your fireplace and chimney inspected. Even if you don’t use it much. Why? Because animals may build nests inside, or because deterioration may make your fireplace unsafe to use in the upcoming colder seasons. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the national safety standard (National Fire ... Read More
 
Critical Signs of Mold in Your Home

Critical Signs of Mold in Your Home

Are you constantly suffering the symptoms of sore eyes, itchy skin, sore throat, sneezing, coughing or a runny nose? Chances are you may have mold in your house. You can’t always see mold, but your symptoms may give its existence away. In addition to physical symptoms, here are some other signs that may indicate that ... Read More
 
If a Tree Falls, Who is Responsible for Its Removal?

If a Tree Falls, Who is Responsible for Its Removal?

Storms and derechos can wreak havoc through neighborhoods, downing power lines and toppling trees. Trees can also topple over on their own at times. Perhaps the soil is too drenched to support the weight, or the tree has died and large limbs break off. If you live in a neighborhood, you need to know who ... Read More
 
Först’s Step by Step Approach to Resolving Construction Issues

Först’s Step by Step Approach to Resolving Construction Issues

Homeowners call Först Consulting Group when they have a construction problem. Their contractor has made an error, or tried to cover something up, but the homeowner knows it and has already tried to approach the builder about the problem but only got excuses or denials in return. When the homeowners reach us for construction advocacy, ... Read More