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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 ...

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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Hot Spot Testing Through Thermal Imaging

Do you know what a “hot spot” is? And no, it doesn’t refer to the latest after-hours club or newest restaurant opening. A hot spot, when found in your home, could mean you have a serious problem. What is a Hot Spot? Hot spots are areas ...

How to Address a Renovation Construction Dispute

There was an informative article in the Washington Post (19 April 2018) by Elisabeth Leamy, host of the podcast “Easy Money,” titled “How to Address a Dispute When a Renovation Doesn’t Go as Planned.” In the article, Leamy outlines ...

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