Beware the Dangers of ZIP System Exterior Sheathing

As construction experts, we notice when new home construction is going up in our region of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. And one thing we’ve been noticing is the frequent use of a new exterior sheathing product called Zip ...

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Common Issues With Metal Roofs

Although shingled roofs are most common, there are still a number of people who prefer a metal. A metal roof is beautiful, durable and requires little, if any, maintenance. But there are still common issues with metal roofs that we’ll ...

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Do I Need to Worry About Insulation in Summer?

Although most people think about insulating their homes against winter’s cold, summer is also a time when insulation plays an important role. Insulation was designed to aid in controlling heat flow between the outside and inside of ...

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Virginia Home Inspector Specializing in Construction Problems

One of our clients was remodeling her home when she started having problems with the contractor. His prices kept going up, but the work didn’t seem to be getting done—or getting done right. Once she started to suspect that there were ...

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Matthew Furlong Earns Certified Forensic Consultant Designation

Matthew Furlong of Först Consulting Group earned the prestigious Certified Forensic, CFC®, designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute® (ACFEI). This program recognizes a forensic consultant’s training, ...

How to Address a Renovation Construction Dispute

There was an informative article in the Washington Post (19 April 2018) by Elisabeth Leamy, host of the podcast “Easy Money,” titled “How to Address a Dispute When a Renovation Doesn’t Go as Planned.” In the article, Leamy outlines ...

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Electrical Outlet Orientation—Ground Pin Up or Down?

Installation of electrical components such as the electrical outlet and electrical box is strictly regulated in order to protect consumers and homeowners. Ground Pin Orientation When mounting an electrical outlet, should the hole for ...

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Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

When cabinetry is not installed correctly it opens the doors for possible, and potentially, serious injury. Whether installed in a home or an office, proper cabinet installation procedures must be followed for cabinetry to be safe to ...

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Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online ...

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home ...

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