What Happens When the Contractor Walks Off the Job?

When you’ve signed a contract with a construction company, remodeler or handyman, you expect the job to be done both to your satisfaction and to the terms of the contract. But what happens when the contractor walks off the job? There ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Beware the Dangers of ZIP System Exterior Sheathing

As construction experts, we notice when new home construction is going up in our region of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. And one thing we’ve been noticing is the frequent use of a new exterior sheathing product called Zip ...

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