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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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