Archive For: Inspections

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
 
What are the Statutes of Limitations on Faulty Construction Work?

What are the Statutes of Limitations on Faulty Construction Work?

Your construction manager says he’s done with the job, but you find that something is still wrong. You’ve gone over the problem with him, but it never seems to get fixed. Or you find something later, after the job is long finished. Do you have recourse, and if so, how long do you have to ... Read More
 

Avoid Rain Damage With These Simple Inspections

Here in Northern Virginia, it sure has been raining—a lot. In fact, we’ve broken records for the number of consecutive rainy days. Sometimes it seems like we’ll never see the sun again. Rainy days can cause problems, not only with our attitudes, but in and around our homes. Först Consulting Group is often called in ... 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
 

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