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Historic Homes Require Historically-Knowledgeable Contractors

Many homes in and around the Washington DC metropolitan area can be considered “historic homes,” with some easily identified by a plaque near the front door like those from the National Register of Historic Places or those designating ...

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home ...

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Laminate Wood Flooring: Plusses & Minuses

While most older homes have wood flooring, you see many homeowners opting for laminate wood flooring (LWF) in newer homes or for remodels. It offers almost the same look and feel as solid wood flooring, yet costs less and is relatively ...

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Negotiating a Guaranteed Maximum Contract

One of the most terrifying steps in any construction job is the negotiation of the contract. You, as the homeowner, want to make sure you’re paying a fair price and not being taken advantage of, and the contractor wants to know that ...

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Electrical Deficiencies. Does Your Home Have Them?

Inspectors looking at home electrical systems are finding common electrical deficiencies that not only won’t pass code, they can be downright dangerous. Many of the errors stem from electrical work the homeowner performs him/herself. ...

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Sidewalk Maintenance. Who’s Responsible?

Maintaining sidewalks and walkways around your home is an integral part of the normal upkeep process. But just who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance? The homeowner or the city or county? This is a problem many homeowners ask ...

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Attic Ventilation Protects Homes

While homes can be considered to be sealed, proper attic ventilation is important to protecting your home and ensuring your comfort no matter what the season. Maintaining the right amount of air flow for attic ventilation is outlined ...

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How to Find a Construction Expert Witness

So, you have a construction claim. Your contractor and you are at odds and cannot come to a resolution. And it looks like you might need to go to court. You should consider engaging a construction expert witness. One of the best ways ...

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A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

When you have hired a contractor to remodel, rebuilt or repair your home, there are dead giveaways that trouble is soon to come. In the industry we call those “red flags.” Knowing what to look for, and how to circumvent problems before ...

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Protection From Electrocution/Fire Lies in Electrical Outlets

When electrical outlets are installed, it is not a random choice as to where they are placed or what type of outlet to use. Electricians and builders must adhere to strict building codes under the National Electrical Code as published ...

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