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 ...

Winter Dangers Around Your Home

Winter can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” But it can also be the most dangerous time if precautions aren’t taken to keep your home safe. Homeowners should prevent winter dangers by winterizing their homes in advance – before ...

7 Ways To Talk With Your Contractor if You Have a Dispute

When embarking on a large construction project it is inevitable that there will be some bumps. Those bumps don’t need to turn into mountains, however. And you certainly want to avoid legal action if at all possible. That’s why we’re ...

Aging in Place: What You Need to Know

Aging in Place means proactively creating a home environment that can adapt to you as you grow older, giving you the comfort of staying in your familiar surroundings as long as you choose. Whether retrofitting your existing home or ...

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