Working with Pressure-Treated Lumber

You may have heard of pressure-treated lumber but not known exactly what that means, or how to best work with it. Let’s take a moment to look at it. What is Pressure-Treated Lumber? “Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been ...

Water Damage Insurance. What’s Really Covered – Or Not

The year 2018 set a record in Northern Virginia for being the wettest year since National Weather Service records were kept. As of late December, a record 66.28 inches of rain fell, breaking the previous record of 61.33 inches set back ...

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Surprise Charge From Your Contractor? What To Do Next.

Sometimes we get a call from someone who says, “I received this invoice from my contractor and we didn’t agree to it…what do I do?” As a homeowner, you might get caught in this battle of “who said what” and “who is right.” And without ...

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6 Worst Wiring Mistakes

Wiring the electrical system through your home or business is one of the most intricate jobs of the construction process. It is extremely important that it be done correctly. If not, wiring mistakes can create an electrocution or fire ...

What does “LEED Certified” Mean?

LEED is an acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” a Green Associate credential created and issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC, LEED “designates individuals who have a ...

What to Look for in a Final Walk-Through Inspection

After months of construction on a new home or a remodel, you may want to hurry through the last inspection so you can settle in. It’s important to curb that impulse, however, because the walk-through inspection is your last opportunity ...

Först Consulting Group Receives BBB A+ Accreditation

Först Consulting Group is pleased to receive an “A+” Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accreditation from the BBB serving Metro Washington DC and Eastern PA. The BBB Advantage to Our Clients According to a recent BBB study by ...

Contractors: How to Avoid Elder Fraud on a Construction Project

Most of our posts are geared towards homeowners. This one, however, offers advice to contractors on how to avoid elder fraud allegations on a construction project. We like to think that most contractors have scruples and would not take ...

Först’s Construction Errors Services Featured in Middleburg Life Magazine

When local resident Michele Mitchell noticed huge construction errors on her 2,600-square-foot home remodel, she didn’t know who to turn to. She searched the Internet for a professional home inspector–someone who could help. But ...

How to Find a Construction Expert

When building or remodeling a home, not everything always goes smoothly. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Contractors take shortcuts, construction errors are made, or disputes arise between the homeowner and the contractor. When ...

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