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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part IV: Contract Disputes

Part IV of our four-part series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors explores contract disputes. For more information about Virginia contract requirements, refer to Part I, Part II, and Part III of this series. Part ...

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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part II: Payment Contracts

In Part I of our series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors, we discussed the licensing requirements required by Virginia law. In Part II, we’ll explore what you should know about the payment terms contract offered ...

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What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part I: Licensing

If you are about to commence on a construction project at your home, you know you cannot do it alone. You have to hire a professional contractor. But like most homeowners, you have no idea of what to look for in a good and scrupulous ...

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Getting Work Done on your Home? You Should Consider Bringing in a Contract Negotiator.

With the coming of spring, many homeowners turn their thoughts into selling their homes. There’s a reason Realtors call it the Spring Market; it’s their busiest season. It’s also the busiest season for those in the construction trade, ...

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Först’s Step by Step Approach to Resolving Construction Issues

Homeowners call Först Consulting Group when they have a construction problem. Their contractor has made an error, or tried to cover something up, but the homeowner knows it and has already tried to approach the builder about the ...

What are the Statutes of Limitations on Faulty Construction Work?

Your construction manager says he’s done with the job, but you find that something is still wrong. You’ve gone over the problem with him, but it never seems to get fixed. Or you find something later, after the job is long finished. Do ...

Beware the Dangers of Chinese Drywall

Have you ever heard of Chinese drywall? If you’re like others, probably not–until you had a problem with it. According to Wikipedia, the term “Chinese drywall” refers to an environmental health issue involving defective ...

New Service: Owner’s Construction Advocate for Renovation Projects

When you renovate your home, things are turned upside down. Normal schedules are interrupted, the space is in disarray, and you have to oversee the project on top of your already-busy day. The job of managing your construction, ...

Could You Recognize a Visible Construction Error? We Can.

Först Consulting Group is often called upon by homeowners to either verify or dispute errors in construction. When remodeling a home, building a new home, or simply repairing items in the home, errors can happen. Sometimes they are ...

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