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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 ...

Critical Signs of Mold in Your Home

Are you constantly suffering the symptoms of sore eyes, itchy skin, sore throat, sneezing, coughing or a runny nose? Chances are you may have mold in your house. You can’t always see mold, but your symptoms may give its existence away. ...

If a Tree Falls, Who is Responsible for Its Removal?

Storms and derechos can wreak havoc through neighborhoods, downing power lines and toppling trees. Trees can also topple over on their own at times. Perhaps the soil is too drenched to support the weight, or the tree has died and large ...

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Getting Work Done on your Home? You Should Consider Bringing in a Contract Negotiator.

With the coming of spring, many homeowners turn their thoughts into selling their homes. There’s a reason Realtors call it the Spring Market; it’s their busiest season. It’s also the busiest season for those in the construction trade, ...

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Först’s Step by Step Approach to Resolving Construction Issues

Homeowners call Först Consulting Group when they have a construction problem. Their contractor has made an error, or tried to cover something up, but the homeowner knows it and has already tried to approach the builder about the ...

Five Money-Saving Reasons to Get Your Home Inspected Before You Put it On the Market

Spring is rapidly arriving, and that means the kick-off of the busiest season for real estate sales. If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, there is a very simple thing you can do to help make your home perhaps more ...