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 ...

10 Ways to Secure Your Home

If a person’s home is their castle, then home security is the moat, drawbridge, and knight standing ready to defend it. While everyone knows it’s necessary to install home security, what exactly that entails is a lot more nebulous. To ...

What does “LEED Certified” Mean?

LEED is an acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” a Green Associate credential created and issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC, LEED “designates individuals who have a ...

What to Look for in a Final Walk-Through Inspection

After months of construction on a new home or a remodel, you may want to hurry through the last inspection so you can settle in. It’s important to curb that impulse, however, because the walk-through inspection is your last opportunity ...