Archive For: Construction Consultation

A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

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 they happen, puts you in the driver’s seat when controlling your project. 12 ... Read More
 
8 Things that Can Go Wrong on a Homeowner Construction Project

8 Things that Can Go Wrong on a Homeowner Construction Project

What can go wrong on a construction project? Frankly, a lot of things. Whether you are planning a home remodel or new construction project, there are many considerations to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Turning your plans and ideas into reality can be a joyous and enjoyable experience; however, the process can ... Read More
 
The Importance of Landscaping to Protect Your Home

The Importance of Landscaping to Protect Your Home

In addition to beautifying your property, proper landscaping is essential to protecting your home’s foundation—and its value. Whether you are landscaping on your own or thinking of hiring a professional landscaper, these are items to take into consideration: Plan Your Entire Yard As with all homeowner projects, landscaping begins with a viable plan. Begin by ... Read More
 
Wood Balconies Can Fail Due to Water Intrusion

Wood Balconies Can Fail Due to Water Intrusion

Humidity and rain can be devastating to wooden balconies, and can be frequent causes for balcony failures from water intrusion. Imagine enjoying your balcony, only to discover that parts of it are rotting away—even if it is relatively new. Or seeing your balcony separate from your house, causing unsafe conditions at the least. The worst ... Read More
 
Expert Witness Matthew W. Furlong

Expert Witness Matthew W. Furlong

Matthew W. Furlong, president of Först Consulting Group, is becoming well known in the legal and construction fields serving in the capacity of an expert witness. Trusted by attorneys, insurance professionals and others involved in a construction dispute case, Furlong has been retained as an expert witness in more than 100 cases in just over ... Read More
 
Först Consulting Group Expertise Featured in Magazines

Först Consulting Group Expertise Featured in Magazines

Först Consulting Group was pleased to be featured in an article titled “Be Your Own Best Advocate: Protecting Yourself as a Homeowner During a Construction Project” in the September/October 2017 issues of Viva Tysons and Viva Reston Lifestyle magazines. In the article, Matthew Furlong, president of Först Consulting Group, explained how homeowners need to know ... Read More
 
6 Tips to Collecting Flood Insurance

6 Tips to Collecting Flood Insurance

The United States has been hammered with hurricanes and tropic storms, leaving homeowners with cleanup and rebuilding costs reaching into the multi-millions of dollars. And unfortunately, 80% of victims from Hurricane Harvey did not have flood insurance, according to the Consumer Federation of America. For the 20% that did have flood insurance, the road to ... Read More
 
Först Consulting Group Earns Certifications

Först Consulting Group Earns Certifications

Over the past several months, Först Consulting Group has earned even more certifications that can serve as a knowledge base to provide credibility for our expert services. These certifications not only allow us to serve our clients better when working with their properties, they enable us to become a more qualified expert witness in the ... Read More
 
Which Roof Material Belongs on Your Home?

Which Roof Material Belongs on Your Home?

Whether you are building a new home or replacing the roof on your existing home, you have decisions to make about what kind of roofing materials to use. Considerations include how long you will be in your home, matching the neighborhood style, and expense. You certainly don’t want to put a $75,000 roof on a ... Read More
 
European vs. American Home Construction

European vs. American Home Construction

Since my wife is European, she and I often spend time in Europe, both touring and visiting family and friends. Being that I come from an engineering and construction background,  I cannot help but notice the construction practices and their comparison to American standards when we travel. The thing I notice most is that European homes ... Read More