Common Issues With Metal Roofs

Common Issues With Metal Roofs

Although shingled roofs are most common, there are still a number of people who prefer a metal. A metal roof is beautiful, durable and requires little, if any, maintenance. But there are still common issues with metal roofs that we’ll explore here. Sometimes issues occur with the metal itself, but more commonly, they are caused ... Read More
 
Do I Need to Worry About Insulation in Summer?

Do I Need to Worry About Insulation in Summer?

Although most people think about insulating their homes against winter’s cold, summer is also a time when insulation plays an important role. Insulation was designed to aid in controlling heat flow between the outside and inside of your home. In winter, it can prevent heat from leaving your home, and insulation in summer can keep ... Read More
 
Is Your Home Builder Taking Shortcuts?

Is Your Home Builder Taking Shortcuts?

When you build a new home, you trust the contractor you hired. After all, you vetted them by checking their references, looking up their service and complaint records, and talking with past clients. But what you may not know is whether they are taking shortcuts in the construction of your new house. Many shortcuts are ... Read More
 

Now is the Time to Prevent Ice Dams

While my company was working on a recent renovation of a client’s mud room in their Great Falls home, the client approached me and asked me to look at a damaged ceiling in their living room and offer a pricing quote to fix it. The damage happened during the winter when water began dripping through ... Read More
 
Feeling a Draft? You Need an Energy Efficiency Audit.

Feeling a Draft? You Need an Energy Efficiency Audit.

With summer’s hot months ahead, it is surely pleasant to have a good, energy efficient, air conditioning unit. But what good is spending all that money on air conditioning when air leakage in your homes just sends all that expensive, cooled air out the windows? When cooling or heating your home, it is important to ... Read More
 
Virginia Home Inspector Specializing in Construction Problems

Virginia Home Inspector Specializing in Construction Problems

One of our clients was remodeling her home when she started having problems with the contractor. His prices kept going up, but the work didn’t seem to be getting done—or getting done right. Once she started to suspect that there were problems with the work, she began to look for a home inspector online. She ... Read More
 
Matthew Furlong Earns Certified Forensic Consultant Designation

Matthew Furlong Earns Certified Forensic Consultant Designation

Matthew Furlong of Först Consulting Group earned the prestigious Certified Forensic, CFC®, designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® (ACFEI). This program recognizes a forensic consultant’s training, experience and dedication to the highest standards in the American judicial system. CFCs are often brought into civil and criminal court cases to provide objective analysis, ... Read More
 
Först Consulting Joins Four Professional Associations

Först Consulting Joins Four Professional Associations

Först Consulting Group is pleased to announce that we are now members of the following professional associations: Member and enrolled student of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Member and enrolled student of American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) member American Bar Association (ABA) associate member National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) member Texas A&M Engineering ... Read More
 
2018 ICC Building Code Revisions

2018 ICC Building Code Revisions

Every two years, the International Code Council, or ICC, issues revised editions of its code books updated to include current and accurate code information, with the latest being published in 2018. Codes determine the guidelines or acceptable parameters for operation.  For example, the location of smoke alarms or the installation of GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) ... Read More
 
Does a Luxury Home Require a High-End Home Inspection?

Does a Luxury Home Require a High-End Home Inspection?

Most people assume that a licensed home inspector can inspect any type of property, no matter its size, age or features. However, while licensed inspectors can do a terrific job at inspecting an average home, they may, however, not be skilled or experienced enough to perform a luxury home inspection. Luxury homes are different than ... Read More