Building Code Rules for Means of Egress

Heaven forbid something should happen in a building where its occupants need to exit quickly. That is why the International Code Council has established its rules for Means of Egress (Chapter 10). Egress is a term that means, “The ...

Why Roof Mold is Dangerous

Have you looked up at your roof and noticed black streaks coming down the shingles? If so, you might be looking at roof mold. Unsightly at best, you might be wondering, “Is roof mold dangerous?” What is Roof Mold? Roof mold is a ...

Contractors: How to Avoid Elder Fraud on a Construction Project

Most of our posts are geared towards homeowners. This one, however, offers advice to contractors on how to avoid elder fraud allegations on a construction project. We like to think that most contractors have scruples and would not take ...

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Maintaining your home requires various chores at different times of year. In Fall, you want to clear out from summer’s activities and get ready for the colder months to come. Here is a Fall Maintenance Checklist you can use to ensure ...

Proper Installation of Smoke Alarms

Many lives can be saved with the proper installation of smoke alarms. Sadly, however, statistics show that many lives are lost because people do not have a working smoke alarm. “Smoke alarms provide a critical early warning of fire, ...

Kitchen Hood Venting Requirements

In faulty construction practices when building or remodeling a kitchen, unskilled or unqualified contractors can vent the kitchen hood improperly, which could potentially create a fire or other hazardous condition.  Here are the ...

Först’s Construction Errors Services Featured in Middleburg Life Magazine

When local resident Michele Mitchell noticed huge construction errors on her 2,600-square-foot home remodel, she didn’t know who to turn to. She searched the Internet for a professional home inspector–someone who could help. But ...

ADA Compliance and Building Codes

In September 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. This includes schools, jobs, ...

How to Find a Construction Expert

When building or remodeling a home, not everything always goes smoothly. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Contractors take shortcuts, construction errors are made, or disputes arise between the homeowner and the contractor. When ...

Pool, Spa or Hot Tub Permit Requirements

Did you know that if you wanted to add a swimming pool to your residential property that there are permits, documents and fees required? Fairfax County, for example, requires a permit for the installation of a residential swimming ...