Residential Estate Management While You’re Away

When you are traveling or plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time, you should have someone looking after and checking in on your property. You could ask a friend or a neighbor, but can you really count on their ...

Safety Steps to Childproofing Your Home

Once children become mobile, whether crawling or walking, their natural curiosity takes them to places they ought not be going. And since parents and others cannot keep a close eye on their children at all times, it makes sense to put ...

Moisture Management in Your Home

Last year we suffered with rainy day after rainy day, however even moderate water problems can cause moisture problems in your home. Let’s look at some of the causes of moisture and ways we can incorporate moisture management in your ...

How do I Hook Up Household Venting Correctly?

There are several places and appliances in your home that need proper venting, including the bathroom, dryer and stovetop. Let’s look at the specific requirements for each. Bathroom Venting Your bathroom exhaust fan should vent to the ...

Spoilage of Evidence Can Destroy a Construction Defect Claim

When you are involved in a legal dispute, your case depends upon the evidence that can either back up or dispute your defense. Spoilage of evidence can destroy a construction defect claim. If you are a homeowner who claims that your ...

What Happens When the Contractor Walks Off the Job?

When you’ve signed a contract with a construction company, remodeler or handyman, you expect the job to be done both to your satisfaction and to the terms of the contract. But what happens when the contractor walks off the job? There ...

Working with Pressure-Treated Lumber

You may have heard of pressure-treated lumber but not known exactly what that means, or how to best work with it. Let’s take a moment to look at it. What is Pressure-Treated Lumber? “Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been ...

Water Damage Insurance. What’s Really Covered – Or Not

The year 2018 set a record in Northern Virginia for being the wettest year since National Weather Service records were kept. As of late December, a record 66.28 inches of rain fell, breaking the previous record of 61.33 inches set back ...

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Surprise Charge From Your Contractor? What To Do Next.

Sometimes we get a call from someone who says, “I received this invoice from my contractor and we didn’t agree to it…what do I do?” As a homeowner, you might get caught in this battle of “who said what” and “who is right.” And without ...

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6 Worst Wiring Mistakes

Wiring the electrical system through your home or business is one of the most intricate jobs of the construction process. It is extremely important that it be done correctly. If not, wiring mistakes can create an electrocution or fire ...