Archive For: Expert Opinion Services

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
 
Tile Installation Construction Failures

Tile Installation Construction Failures

Tiles, most often made of ceramic, porcelain or natural stone, are often used in building construction to cover surfaces including floors or walls. Like most building materials they require strict installation requirements that, if not met, can cause problems as your building ages. Here are 5 construction error areas commonly found with tile installation: Lack ... Read More
 
A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A recent construction of a six-unit condominium building in Washington D.C. sold units for more than $1.1 million each, but that doesn’t mean the owners got what they paid for. The new residents have been plagued with one particular problem: noise. When the ultra-modern units were constructed, the walls between them are obviously lacking because ... Read More
 
How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

It’s the dreaded call that no contractor wants to get: the construction dispute. It happens when your company has completed work on a project, and someone finds fault with your work or something has failed, and they request remediation and damages, or are suing your company. Construction defect can be defined as the premature failure ... Read More
 
Require Integrity in an Expert Witness

Require Integrity in an Expert Witness

The job of the opposing attorney is to debunk the findings of the expert witness, or at the very least, portray the expert as an incredible source. When you go to trial for a construction dispute, you must have the right expert witness on your side, yet unfortunately, many people who call themselves construction “experts” ... Read More
 
Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

For every construction job, there is something called a “performance threshold” that sets the limits and standards for acceptability. And where a performance does not meet this threshold, the stage is set for contention. Within the construction field, commercial building codes are the guidelines that define acceptable, or threshold, standards. The International Residential Code (IRC) ... Read More