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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What is an Overdrilled Beam or Stud?

When Först Consulting Group is performing a detailed inspection, one of the things we can cite as a code violation is an overdrilled beam or stud. This is especially critical if it is a structural, load-bearing beam. But just what does ...

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Common Issues With Metal Roofs

Although shingled roofs are most common, there are still a number of people who prefer a metal. A metal roof is beautiful, durable and requires little, if any, maintenance. But there are still common issues with metal roofs that we’ll ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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