Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

When cabinetry is not installed correctly it opens the doors for possible, and potentially, serious injury. Whether installed in a home or an office, proper cabinet installation procedures must be followed for cabinetry to be safe to use. Each set of cabinets, no matter if they are of the same brand, has unique installation requirements. ... Read More
 
What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

More and more homeowners are turning on to what is called “Smart Home” technology. These are a variety of electronic devices that are controlled remotely from within the home or via a smartphone or the Internet to provide added security, comfort, energy efficiency, and “green initiative” conservation. Some of the most common technologies control heating ... Read More
 
Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online review doesn’t help anyone. You may think that it might warn others from using ... Read More
 
Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

As the marketplace demands more energy-efficient homes, the performance of something as unimposing as the HVAC system can make a huge difference, leading to the requirement for contractors to not only offer higher-quality levels of products and services, but to look at ways to improve heating and cooling system operation. One area that is often ... Read More
 
Historic Homes Require Historically-Knowledgeable Contractors

Historic Homes Require Historically-Knowledgeable Contractors

Many homes in and around the Washington DC metropolitan area can be considered “historic homes,” with some easily identified by a plaque near the front door like those from the National Register of Historic Places or those designating specific historic district. Generally defined, a historic home is of a certain age, contains historically-significant architectural features, ... Read More
 
Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home and family against carbon monoxide leaks, also known as “the silent killer.” What ... Read More
 
Laminate Wood Flooring: Plusses & Minuses

Laminate Wood Flooring: Plusses & Minuses

While most older homes have wood flooring, you see many homeowners opting for laminate wood flooring (LWF) in newer homes or for remodels. It offers almost the same look and feel as solid wood flooring, yet costs less and is relatively easy to maintain. Easy to install by the homeowners themselves, laminate wood flooring comes ... Read More
 
Negotiating a Guaranteed Maximum Contract

Negotiating a Guaranteed Maximum Contract

One of the most terrifying steps in any construction job is the negotiation of the contract. You, as the homeowner, want to make sure you’re paying a fair price and not being taken advantage of, and the contractor wants to know that their value is appreciated and that they are being fairly compensated for their ... Read More
 
Electrical Deficiencies. Does Your Home Have Them?

Electrical Deficiencies. Does Your Home Have Them?

Inspectors looking at home electrical systems are finding common electrical deficiencies that not only won’t pass code, they can be downright dangerous. Many of the errors stem from electrical work the homeowner performs him/herself. Even though homeowners are allowed to work on electrical systems, a professional inspection is required prior to closing off walls or ... Read More
 
Sidewalk Maintenance. Who’s Responsible?

Sidewalk Maintenance. Who’s Responsible?

Maintaining sidewalks and walkways around your home is an integral part of the normal upkeep process. But just who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance? The homeowner or the city or county? This is a problem many homeowners ask about. Individual states or local governments are responsible for setting the rules about who maintains the sidewalks ... Read More