About Först Consulting Group

Company Bio

Owner Matthew Furlong founded Först Consulting Group as an advocacy group designed to help others with construction disputes. Over the years, the company has grown to offer a wide variety of services including consulting, testing, inspections, documentation, litigation support, and expert witness testimony, as well as various homeowner services such as estate management and construction advocate.

We understand how construction errors can occur, and we know how to resolve them. As highly-experienced advisors, we are prepared to consult in most areas of residential and commercial construction on construction defects and construction disputes. As expert witnesses, we are prepared to present legal evidence and testimony in a court of law.

Matthew Furlong is also owner of Nova Custom Builders, a Virginia Class A, and District of Columbia residential and commercial construction company.

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Our Name

People sometimes ask where the name Först Consulting Group originated. It is actually Matthew’s wife’s maiden name: Först. Since his first company was named after the local region, he thought it only fair to name the second company after her—and so did she.

Först is a German name, traced back to the northwestern edge of the Harz mountain range in the Pfalz area of Germany, and meaning “forest” and someone who either lives or works in the forest. The name has faded in German heritage, usually written now as Förster or Försterling, so it was also a way to keep the name alive.



  • Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor #: PA148193
  • Nova Custom Builders, LLC Virginia Class ‘A’ Contractor License 2705141942
  • District of Columbia General Contractor, License number 410518000158

Independent Education:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) member: Student ID:  1575541
  • Foundations of Courtroom Testimony – 16 Hour Course
  • American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) member: Student ID:  117164
  • Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC)
  • International Code Council (ICC) member ID:  8789900
  • B1 Residential Building Inspector certified
  • E1 Residential Electrical Inspector certified
  • P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector certified
  • M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector certified

Professional Associations:

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB): Business ID: 236021983
  • American Bar Association (ABA) member: Member ID:  03135408
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) member: Member ID:  3223151
  • International Code Council (ICC) member: Member ID:  8789900
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI): Member ID 12623217 (expired)

Factory and Manufacturer Training/ Certifications:

  • Schluter Systems
  • James Hardie Siding
  • Marvin Doors and Windows
  • Superior Walls of Central VA
  • Wolf/Fiberon Products
  • Simpson Strong-Tie
  • Trex Decking
  • Blueprint Robotics
  • Pella Windows and Doors
  • Nest Pro
  • Wedi Corp.
  • Signature Door
  • ThermaTru Doors/OSI
  • CertainTeed

Demonstrated Safety, Awareness, and Emergency Management:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training:
  • OSHA-10 Hour certified
  • OSHA-30 Hour certified
  • OSHA-7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation certified, 7.5 contact hours
  • OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) certified, 1.0 contact hour
  • Successful online completion of Fall Protection for Construction, 1.0 hour
  • Successful online completion of Electrical Safety, 1.0 hour

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training:

  • IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness (POI) certified
  • IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) certified
  • IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident certified
  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified
  • IS-800.b National Response Framework certified
  • WMD/ Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders (AWR-160) certified

Additional Certifications:

  • Certified Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Notary Registration: 7759776
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, certificate number: R-I-106481-13-00097
  • NAUI Rescue Diver certified
  • PADI Public Safety Diver certified (introduction to underwater forensics, rescue and recovery)
  • Successful completion of the Virginia Boating Safety Course
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator III licensed (EVOC III)
  • Farm Equipment and Heavy Machinery Extrication certified
  • Employed as an on-site EMT and ERT for the Federal Government during the construction of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency building in Springfield, Virginia
  • Virginia Emergency Medical Technician (expired license): First responder to accidents, incidences, and injuries; provided basic life support and transport; pre-hospital patient care reporting
  • Michigan Stated Licensed Automotive Technician (expired license)

Awards/ Recognitions/ Achievements:

  • Awarded a one-year scholarship to Associated Builders & Contractors apprenticeship program
  • Special Tribute from House of Representatives, State of Michigan
  • Numerous letters of satisfaction from Karl Rove – Senior Adviser/ Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush

Media Contributions/ Publications:

  • Middleburg Life Magazine – August 2018 issue, A Dream Gone From Bad to Good
  • Loudoun Now – July 2017 issue, “Först Consulting Group Forms in Bluemont”
  • Viva Tyson’s Magazine – September 2017 issue, “Be Your Own Best Advocate”
  • Avid blog post content and personal contributor to Först Consulting website