Archive For: Homeowner Services

A Chimney Inspection Can Save Your Life

A Chimney Inspection Can Save Your Life

Now that the weather is cooling off, people are starting to ask us, “Can you do a chimney inspection?” Of course, we answer “Yes.” A chimney inspection is required when evaluation of the chimney is needed to ensure safe usage of the fireplace or chimney. It covers the five basic areas including: Firebox Damper Flue ... Read More
 
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
 
Hidden Damage in Your Stucco Home

Hidden Damage in Your Stucco Home

People may think that a stucco exterior is better than wood or vinyl because it needs less maintenance. Yet while stucco siding can last up to 50 years, it also has its drawbacks. Here are some problem items to look out for: Installation Stucco’s durability and reliability depends a lot on how it was installed. ... Read More
 
Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Some of the most common building mistakes aren’t visible to the human eye. That’s why we call them “invisible construction errors.” They can occur behind the walls, within the ceiling, or beneath the floors…where you’d never see them. However, these errors can cause problems in the future and should not be accepted. When building your ... Read More
 
6 Tips to Protect Your Home From Vandalism

6 Tips to Protect Your Home From Vandalism

Owning a home means protecting it around the clock. Yet, even when you are not at home, there are things you can do to help prevent vandalism. Keep shrubbery trimmed Tall shrubbery can offer ideal places for criminals to hide while trying to break into your home. Keep trees, shrubs and greenery around doorways and ... Read More