Archive For: Construction Practices

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
 
Protection From Electrocution/Fire Lies in Electrical Outlets

Protection From Electrocution/Fire Lies in Electrical Outlets

When electrical outlets are installed, it is not a random choice as to where they are placed or what type of outlet to use. Electricians and builders must adhere to strict building codes under the National Electrical Code as published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association, designed to provide safe usage. Kitchen Outlets The ... Read More
 
Safety on the Construction Site

Safety on the Construction Site

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous working environments. Construction workers are exposed to a myriad of safety risks on a daily basis, with many construction site accidents resulting in serious injury. Whether working on new constructions, home remodeling and additions or restoring historic houses and buildings, construction workers face many dangers, including: Falls ... Read More
 
Signs of a Faulty Toilet Flange

Signs of a Faulty Toilet Flange

An improperly-installed toilet flange can lead to more problems than you want to deal with. But you may not know if the installation was done incorrectly until it’s too late. The toilet flange is what holds the toilet to the floor, and since it is seated below the toilet, it is out of view of ... 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
 
Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs

Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs

There is a certain satisfaction in performing a home repair yourself, especially with the DIY trend that is dominating the media. Everywhere you look, a home repair show is showing a fabulous makeover, or an online video is explaining how with a step-by-step video. While DIY repairs may be good for some things, it may ... Read More
 
10 Ways to an Energy-Efficient Home

10 Ways to an Energy-Efficient Home

Improving your home’s energy efficiency will save you a lot of money, especially in the long run. The good news is that even one change can significantly boost energy savings and reduce utility costs. Here are some ways you can create a more energy-efficient home. Check IRC & IECC Requirements Before you take on any ... 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
 
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