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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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 ...

7 Ways To Talk With Your Contractor if You Have a Dispute

When embarking on a large construction project it is inevitable that there will be some bumps. Those bumps don’t need to turn into mountains, however. And you certainly want to avoid legal action if at all possible. That’s why we’re ...

Railing Requirements for Your Home

If you’re about to have a house inspection, one area you don’t want to neglect is your railings. Though it may seem like a simple matter of fencing in an area or slapping on a rod here or there, the truth is that railings are essential ...

How Storm Damage Can Ravage Your Home

Taking stock after a bad storm can be overwhelming for a homeowner. Heavy rains, strong winds, and other storm conditions can cause great deals of damage in a short amount of time, with long-term repercussions. The good news is that ...

Building Code Rules for Means of Egress

Heaven forbid something should happen in a building where its occupants need to exit quickly. That is why the International Code Council has established its rules for Means of Egress (Chapter 10). Egress is a term that means, “The ...

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 ...

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