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Your Negative Online Review Can Have Legal Repercussions You Hadn’t Thought About

Most construction dispute cases involve a single suit, where either the homeowner or their representing attorney engages Först Consulting Group to serve as an expert witness. In the case where a builder does not honor their warranty or ...

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For a Smoother Project, Hire a Construction Supervisor Apart From Your Construction Team

Construction projects are no fun—at least while they are happening. There are decisions to make, schedules to keep, and people to supervise, not to mention the disruption, dust and mess surrounding the project. Yet one of the most ...

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Require Integrity in an Expert Witness

The job of the opposing attorney is to debunk the findings of the expert witness, or at the very least, portray the expert as an incredible source. When you go to trial for a construction dispute, you must have the right expert witness ...

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Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

For every construction job, there is something called a “performance threshold” that sets the limits and standards for acceptability. And where a performance does not meet this threshold, the stage is set for contention. Within the ...

Is Your Pool Safe and Up to Code?

Modern pools are likely up to code, but older pools may not be safe. Pools even as young as 10 years old may have violations on safety and energy usage codes. What are Swimming Pool Codes? The “Swimming Pool Code” of 1968 set standards ...

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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part IV: Contract Disputes

Part IV of our four-part series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors explores contract disputes. For more information about Virginia contract requirements, refer to Part I, Part II, and Part III of this series. Part ...

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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part III: Terms of a Valid Construction Contract

In Part I of our four-part series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors, we discussed Virginia licensing requirements. In Part II, we explored the types of payment contracts. Here in Part III, we’ll look at the ...

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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part II: Payment Contracts

In Part I of our series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors, we discussed the licensing requirements required by Virginia law. In Part II, we’ll explore what you should know about the payment terms contract offered ...

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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part I: Licensing

If you are about to commence on a construction project at your home, you know you cannot do it alone. You have to hire a professional contractor. But like most homeowners, you have no idea of what to look for in a good and scrupulous ...

Your Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Is Due

Once a year you need to have your fireplace and chimney inspected. Even if you don’t use it much. Why? Because animals may build nests inside, or because deterioration may make your fireplace unsafe to use in the upcoming colder ...

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