Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Every Thing You'll Need To Know About The Production Of Sandcrete Blocks In Nigeria.

Cement blocks


Sandcrete manufacture could be for Solid blocks, hollow blocks. It could also be Called cement block manufacture.

On this post, I'm going to explain the concept of cement block manufacture and I hope you're going to learn a lot from it.

Sandcrete Blocks are usually made with cement and Sharp sand. In Nigeria, the most popular cement makers include Dangote, Elephant, Unicem and the rest of them
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Tutorial: Tips To Choosing The Right Condos When Buying A Home

Have you ever lived in a condominium unit? If like me you grew up in a house with a garden then chances are you have no idea what factors and features to consider when looking at condos for sale. Not being aware of key aspects that could affect your quality of life as well as the unit's resale value could leave you with a condo you can't live in or sell.
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Tutorial: How To Find Foreclose Homes For Sale In The United States

If you're new to the real estate world and searching the listings, you may have seen advertisements for foreclosed homes for sale. A foreclosed home is a property sold to pay off a debt because the borrower has failed to do so. The borrower's failure to make sufficient and timely payments required by his mortgage contract, the lending party seizes and sells the house in a hurry, in order to pay off the loan. Since lenders are eager to make back the money, foreclosed homes usually sell at reduced prices.
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Causes Of Flood In Nigerian Streets. Richard's Opinion

My Opinion On flooded streets...

Yes, its going to be rainy season soon. A time in Nigeria when almost every citizen has to walk about with umbrella, a time where people suddenly begin to locate their rubber sandals or slippers.

But I've decided to take a good look at the root causes of these floods especially in some developing areas of the country.
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Benefits Of Molding Your Own Block

Hello once again...

Today on Building contractor secrets blog, I would be talking on the various benefits you'll enjoy if you're patient enough to mold your own block for your building project. This is a very important topic for most contractors and builders out there because I know the strength of a building depends largely on the strength of the blocks used in its construction among other things

What Are The Benefits Of Molding your Own Block?

The benefits are quite numerous.

1. You're 100% sure the blocks are of the required strength.

2. You get to save over #14,000 (Fourteen Thousand Naira For Ever 500 Blocks) this would be lost or paid to block industries who may not even supply you blocks that are strong enough for the project.

3. Molding your own blocks gives you control over the kind of material (Block). The reverse is the case if you had to buy from some commercial moulders or retailers.

Aside from the benefits above, when you mold your own blocks, you also help to bring job to the moulders, you're allowed to decide what happens to your block and when you'll get to use them.

You must also ensure that you're present onsite while the moulding is ongoing in order to ensure the moulder follows all instructions.

How Many Blocks Do I get From A Bag Of Cement?

In Nigeria, the standard is 20 blocks for 9 Inch Block
For 6 inches, you can mold up to 25 per bag of cement.

For 5 inches, you can mold as far as 35 or 40. Just don't go beyond 40 if you really need a strong block.

Please ensure your moulder compacts the mix in the mould.

How Do I Save By Moulding My Own Blocks?

Like I said on the paragraphs above, you actually get to save a lot if you mold your own blocks. This is because for every 500 blocks you buy, you lose  fourteen Thousand Naira ( that's over $40) so always ensure you'll make out time to mold your own blocks.

On my next post, I'll show you all that is involved in making your own block and prove to you that you'll save more by molding your own blocks rather than buying.

Now you have seen the benefits of Molding your own blocks for a project. Please kindly share with others too.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Best Insurance For Your Home Construction

Building a new home requires attention to detail, but while you choose your cabinet knobs and counter tops, don't forget to make sure your property is properly insured from foundation to rafters.

If you're having a home built for you, you may be assuming your builder has all the insurance coverage you need. Under some circumstances, you're correct, but before you check off that mental box and move on, you should confirm your contractor's insurance policy.

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These 4 Suggestions Will Help You Find The best Mortgage Rates AnyWhere In The World

Are You looking for the best ways to find the best mortgage rates within your country or in the united states of america?
Here are the 4 most effective tips you'll need in order to find just the right mortgage rates  anywhere in the world.

Tip #1: Compare Rates

When you find the home of your dreams, chances are your real-estate agent will direct you to certain preferred lenders that he or she has worked with before. Take that recommendation with a grain of salt. Remember, your agent’s primary concern might be to close your deal quickly, but securing a mortgage is a complicated process, particularly if you’re a first-time buyer. Speed isn’t everything, and you need to look around for the best deal.
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Review: All You Need To Know About myamericainsurance.com

For everyone living in the US, the legal age at which one is qualified to drive a car is 18. This is the legal age to drive in Florida and all around the United States. At this stage, the law demands an insurance policy in order to be able to drive on the road. This is expected of you as a person intending to drive and if you are found driving without a proper insurance, you will be made to face the law.

The aim of Auto Insurance is not protection alone, it is a program that helps protect other car users on the roads. The truth is that having even a cheap auto insurance keeps you out of trouble in cases of auto accident. Before driving in West Palm Beach, individuals are required to have even the cheapest of auto insurance. This is such a serious law that it is better to stay off the road if you intend not to get any.
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The 12 Fundamental Laws Of Engineering You Must Know

On This Post Today, i would be talking about the 12 most simplest engineering laws all engineers must or should obey.

These laws are so simple and direct and wouldn't need a degree to be obeyed.

If You're An Engineering Student or an engineer reading this blog, below is a list of 12 Fundamental Laws Of Engineering you must know and obey in order to continue enjoying your profession without headaches...
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A List Of Top 10 Civil Engineering Universities In The World

Having read and seen all engineers could do, having seen the pride and joy of a fulfilled engineer also, i think there is need to create a list of the top civil engineering schools in the world today.

This is important as it would help those in need of a reputable institution where they could study civil engineering...
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Monday, 8 May 2017

How Many Blocks Are There In 1 Square Meter

For most builders and contractor or clients, the most challenging problem is being able to know how many block there are in 1square meter.

So If i were to charge a client per square meter in bricklaying, how many blocks actually make a square meter or 1m²?
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

3 Effective Ways to Make or Buy A Solid Block For Your Building Projects

If you're a Nigerian living in Nigeria or outside the boundaries of Nigeria but would love to have a building project done for you, then I'm certainly going to put it to you that one of the most important questions you'll want to ask is
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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Welded Connections



Today on building contractor secrets, I'll be discussing on the advantages as well as the disadvantages of choosing a welded joint for your metal works.

This is very important for Clients whose aim is to build structures where steel is the primary material like petrol stations (Filling Station)...
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4 Procedures That Ensures A Foundation Concrete Is Laid Appropriately

Because of a lot of demand coming from my readers on things to do before laying foundation concrete, I would like to shed light on 4 things you must before laying a foundation Concrete...

This is important at all times especially during the dry hot season and when the ground surface is not so smooth. It ensures or reduces wastage of concrete and improves the quality of the job done.
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Tutorial: How To Determine The Amount Of Paint Required To Paint Your Room


Once again on Building contractor secrets we are dedicated to exposing you to the best practices in building construction and how to quantify materials needed to complete your home as at the time you need it. We do this in order to help you avoid been cheated by Craftsmen and contractors especially the unregistered engineers out there.

Today, we will be looking at How many Buckets Of Paint would be required for your home and to make this easy, i will be taking my time to explain this as easy as possible...
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Top 10 Construction Companies in USA

bechtel group inc, san francisco

Looking for a good construction company in the United states of America? On this post, i am going to make it easy for you as an individual, Organization to be able to get to know about the 10 Globally Recognized Construction companies in the United States Of America.

The truth is that there are miriads of construction companies in the entire US, but i am going to list the 10 very best construction companies.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

13 Most Commonly Used Building Materials In Nigeria

So you want to build a home in Nigeria but do not actually have an idea on the kind of building materials that is commonly used in Nigeria?

Now you also would like to know the list of 12 most common building materials used in the construction of Homes in Nigeria.

Well, the Most common building material you'll find in Nigeria are:

1. Timber, Planks (Necessary for Earth support, Shoring, Slabs, Lintel and scaffolding)

2. Sandcrete Blocks (could be 125mm, 150mm, 225mm)

3. Reinforcement Rods (8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 24mm, etc)

4. Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) (Depending on the nature of the job and the pocket of the Client or Owner) this could be made by Dangote or Elephant or Unicem (the 3 most popular cement manufacturers in Nigeria.

5. Granite ( Necessary for Lintel works and Over site Concrete)

6. Boulders (for Filling stations and some German concretes)

7. Gravel ( for works where less strength is required)

8. Bamboo (Used as shoring materials or supports for form works during the construction of slabs.

9. Aluminium Roofing sheets (long and short span)

10. Zinc ( used for most small structures, residential buildings, etc.

11. Water ( All Construction Activities need water, Concreting, Brick laying, German flooring, P.O.P, painting, etc.

12. Paints for finishing.

13. Tiles (could be ceramic, Terrazzo, Etc)

14. Sharp Sand (needed for everything about the building except Roofing in most cases. Could also be used for filling depending on the specification of the Engineer)

15. Laterite (for filling and backfilling)

16. Mix-Mud ( almost like the sharp sand, but has smaller particles than the sharp sand. Used for plastering or Rendering)

So these are the 13 most common building materials you'll come across if you're going to have a home built for you in Nigeria.

On my next post, I'll be talking about how you can buy a solid sandcrete block for your building construction.
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Where Can I Buy Genuine Piece Of Land In Warri, Nigeria

Hello once again. I know you may have found the contents in the blog very useful cos as I can see, you keep coming back for more. That's a good thing, I'm glad to have a reader like you.

Today in Building Contractor Secrets, I want to talk about where you can buy a genuine plot or parcel of Land in Nigeria.
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Importance Of a Construction Foundation For All structures

construction foundation

I know you're ready to build your home, you've gathered all the money required to start off the project and now you'll like to know where to begin isn't it? You also know that the most appropriate way to begin a construction is to excavate site of all topsoil in order to make way for the foundation. But along the line, what is actually the meaning of a foundation? How would you define a foundation?
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What is Earth Work In Civil Engineering

what is excavation

For most construction sites, there is need for earth movement especially at the onstage of the establishing the site. This is most obtainable for Building construction sites, Road Construction sites, Etc.

Now Lets understand the meaning of Earth Work
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Latest Construction Skills For Every University Graduate

The young man you're seeing is a craftsman.
Today he made over #10,000 just fixing keys to doors in one of the sites I'm managing.

The other day, I met a graduate whom I paid #8,000 for some odd jobs.

And that's how they make their money.

On another site, I have Mr Pedro who has been contracted to handle all tiling jobs for the entire building.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Updated Method In Calculating the Number Of Roofing Sheets Needed For Your Building


As a client, it is only right that you have some idea on the quantity of materials that would be required for the completion of your building or structure. It is based on this that i have built this blog and today, i am going to make it easy for you to calculate the number of roofing sheets required for your building project.

So How do you calculate the number of Aluminum roofing sheets, Long span roofing sheets required for your building?
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

How to Calculate The Number Of Blocks Required For 2-Bedroom Apartment Using the Area Method


building contractor secrets

Here today, i would be teaching us how to Calculate or Estimate the Number of Blocks required for your 2-bedroom bungalow using the area method.

The area Method is usually easy and less stressful compared to other methods
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tiling: What Types And Sizes Of Tiles Do We Have In Nigeria

tiles in nigeria

The use of floor tiles has gradually taken over the former tradition of cement floors or concrete floors used way back in 1990s, Now it would be very important to understand the materials used in making floor tiles as this would help you understand the best one to use

Floor tiles are made from a collection of materials which ranges from clay, stone, quartz, terrazzo and metals. Each of these materials possesses their own unique strength and this makes it easy to know the best area of application.
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Tutorial: How To Calculate The Number Of Tiles Required For a Room PART II


In Respect to your questions on how some parameters were obtained on the Tutorial Post On 

For a start, i am going to make you understand that 400 x 400 simply means (400mm x 400mm), now this was converted to meters by dividing the 400 by 1000. 
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Tutorial: How To Calculate the Number Of Tiles Required to Tile Your Apartment


With much love in my heart for all my readers, i would like to talk about one important element of the home which is tile and today, i will be taking us through the process of calculating how many Cartons of Tiles i would need for my room, apartment or home.
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Friday, 18 November 2016

The Secrets Of Asbestos Roofing Sheets You Must Know


Today on contractor secrets, i will be discussing on the reasons why asbestos has been banned as a roofing material in most advanced countries.

Asbestos according to history was derived Greek word ἄσβεστος meaning "unquenchable", it is a form of minerals and hydrous silicate of magnesium and is currently used as one of the most patronized roofing material in Nigeria. The use of asbestos as a roofing material has since been banned in other countries due to the fact that it has been linked to the source of most diseases.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Investments: How to Invest In Hostels Around Higher Institutions In The Country

It’s a few months after my graduation from Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro and as a potential NYSC Member, I had to go for my clearance so I could be posted in a few weeks to come. On my way to the campus, I decided to talk a lil stroll across the street and then came to a point that had been a mini forest in the past.

The plot had been cleared with a gigantic mansion built on it. A hostel. Hostel business is one of the most profitable investments ever made by the smart persons in the Nigerian society. This is because you could make a lot of money on a yearly basis from hostels since new students are admitted yearly.
The truth is that hostels are the most rewarding businesses especially when they’re located around the campus. This is because a hostel located close or near the campus will often be priced more than that built miles away from the campus.
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High Cost Of Construction In Nigeria, 8 Reasons It Happens


I hope you enjoyed my previous post on the processes involved in getting approval for your building plan? Well, today we will be taking a deep look into the various factors greatly affecting the cost of construction. This is important especially for clients who’d always ask funny questions regarding the price of building materials in the market.
After reading this, I am sure your eyes will be opened to the various reasons why it costs a lot to develop a nice building for yourself and wonderful family. Please stay tuned as I list these below.
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Friday, 4 November 2016

Processes Involved in Applying And Getting An Approval For Building Permit In Lagos State

how to approve a building plan in lagos

For clients and contractors, having an approval for your building plan is one of the most important steps that must be taken in order for the construction to be considered as legal. This is because it takes the regulating body in every country to sign and approve a structural plan or blueprint before the commencement of a construction.

On  this post today, buildingcontractorsecrets.blogspot.com is delighted to take you through the processes involved in having your building plan or building blueprints or structural plans approved in any country. Because this blog is run by Nwachukwu Richard, A Nigerian Civil Engineer, this post is going to be created taking Lagos as a case study.
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Thursday, 27 October 2016

How To Calculate The Quantity Of Sand And Number Of Trips Of Sand Needed For Your Building Project



Today on buildingcontractorsecrets.blogspot.com/, i am going to talk about how you can calculate the quantity of sand needed during the sand filling stage of your building project. After seeing and hearing how many clients are ripped off by their so-called engineers during this stage of their construction, i felt there is a need to make it possible for these clients to be able to calculate the quantity or volume of sand needed for sand filling their projects.
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Sunday, 7 August 2016

How To Calculate The Number Of Blocks Needed For Your Fence Project Measuring 100ft By 60ft

Based on my Love for civil Engineering, i have come to understand that it would not always be possible to contact a professional engineer when the need arises.

this is so because there are some standards required by the professional that might be kicked at by the society or even the client and this is why most clients out of their strong hotheadedness, fall into the hands of wasters and criminals who would stop at nothing but suck your pocket till you're left with nothing all in the name of constructing or working on your site as a supervisor or Engineer.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

How To Calculate the Quantity of Materials (Sand and Cement) Required for 1 Cubic Meter of Cement Mortar

Sometimes on site, we are faced with the problem of calculating for the amount of materials (sand and cement) required in plastering or rendering! This Post is made to tackle this issue!

Today, i want to talk about how you can calculate the quantity of sand and cement required in Mortar

As we all know, Mortar used in Plastering is mixed or produced in different proportions which could include: 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, etc. But here i would like to adopt the 1:6 proportion and do analysis based on this proportion.

QUANTITY OF CEMENT AND SAND NEEDED IN BRICKLAYING OR RENDERING (Plastering)

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Quantities Needed For A Cubic Meter Of Concrete


Quantity of materials such as cement, sand, coarse aggregates and water required per cubic meter of concrete  and mortar varies with the mix design of the concrete and mortar respectively. Following table gives the estimated quantity of materials required per cubic meter of mortar and concrete for various nominal mixes.
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Difference Between Tender Documents And Contract Drawings

To understand the difference between tender documents and contract documents, first we have to understand what these documents contain.

Tender Documents:

A tender is an offer in writing to contractors to execute the some specified works or to supply specified materials within a fixed time frame and as per conditions of contract and agreement between the contractor and the owner or the department or the party.
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How To Calculate Soil Bearing Capacity And Types Of Bearing Capacity Of The Soil

The bearing capacity of soil is defined as the capacity of the soil to bear the loads coming from the foundation. The pressure which the soil can easily withstand against load is called allowable bearing pressure.

Following are some types of bearing capacity of soil:

Ultimate bearing capacity of soil (qu)

The gross pressure at the base of the foundation at which soil fails is called ultimate bearing capacity.
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Dampness In Buildings: Causes, Preventive Measures And Effects On a Building

Dampness in a simple term is when excess water molecule is on building which results to visible growth of mould and destruction or disturbance of wall surfaces and materials. At this stage, you begin to observe the presence of moisture on the body of a building, usually inside, a little below the window level.

You can easily see this when you raise the carpet and notice presence of water under it

Possible Causes Of Dampness In A Building

1 Rain– If the roof is not well constructed to take out water rain, it may lead to dampness on walls due to leakages down from roof to wall.
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Rope Method In Setting Out A Building

A line has to be set out perpendicular to the base line from peg (A). Peg (A) is not on the base line.
A long rope with a loop at both ends and a measuring tape are used. The rope should be a few metres longer than the distance from peg (A) to the base line.
Step 1
One loop of the rope is placed around peg (A). Put a peg through the other loop of the rope and make a circle on the ground while keeping the rope straight. This circle crosses the base line twice (see Fig. 22a). Pegs (B) and (C) are placed where the circle crosses the base line.
Step 2
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How To Set-Out The Corners Of A building

What is setting out? It is the process of developing the physical positions of corners and walls of a building, and it’s done by transferring dimensions from the layout plan to the ground.
It Can be likened to Transferring what has been drawn by the architect or Draftsmen To the actual ground. it is during this stage that the client actually gets the feeling of responsibility
Setting out is done when building a new house, or when renovating an already existing one, especially an extension. The process of Setting out is done by a contractor, and overseen by the lead project consultant engineer, architect or any other qualified member of the project team.
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Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Complete Meaning Of Cement Concrete

WHAT IS A CEMENT CONCRETE
Cement concrete is a mixture of cement coarse aggregate, fine aggregate (non coherent materials) and water to form a hard coherent mass as a result of the chemical reaction which takes place between the water and the cement (hydration). It is a man made composite: the major constituent of which natural aggregate such as gravel is and sand or crushed rock. Alternatively, artificial aggregate for example: blast-furnace slag, expanded clay, broken brick and steel shot may be used where appropriate.
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

30 Steps To Making Your Home Cooler

For a tropical region, a cool interior with continuous flow of air is desirable because of high humidity and intense sun rays that emits a lot of head to the environment
Generating cooler air through mechanical /electrical means can be expensive as well, but you can do a lot to reduce the heat in your home. The general concept is to keep the air moving.
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Steps In Buying A Plot Of Land In Nigeria

There are basic steps you ought to take when you've finally decided to buy a plot of land in Nigeria whether as a Nigerian or a foreigner. This post is created and directed to those willing to buy a plot of land in Lagos, but the steps below are also applicable in other parts of the country like portharcourt, warri, Abuja, Benin, Sapele, Aba, Asaba, all the major cities in Nigeria
 To reduce stress you must ask basic questions and take these steps
Consult your agent and tell him exactly what you want and how you’ll like to have it, if you have a good agent he will most likely get a property close to what you want faster than you might think is possible, this will save you stress, but give him the instruction that you won’t want a land under government acquisition, this will make him to work harder and search for the right one.
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Cities In Nigeria Where Real Estate Will Boom


This post is created for the viewing pleasure of you, yes you! a constant reader of my blog and today we will be discussing on a list of cities in Nigeria that will generate a lot of income from Real estate development, i will also tell us why these states are the best to invest in 

There are different factors that will determine the profitability of your investment in Real estate. 

Number one is demand- The rate of demand will have to come first before any other considerations since the law of demand states that " an increase in demand leads to an increase in price" this is the reason why it may cost a young man almost N450,000 to be able to settle down in a nice apartment in Lagos (even if that amount may only afford a self con or bed sitter)
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Updated: How To Calculate For The Number Of Blocks For Your Building

As a builder, it i have come to understand that one of the most commonly asked questions from a would-be house owner is no other than "How many blocks do you think would be just complete the building"?

It is because of the regularity of this question that i have decided to write this post on how to calculate the number of blocks required to complete your buidling project. The calculation of course would be done based on the Architectural plan issued to you by your Architect.
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Possible Causes Of Collapse Of Buildings

Collapse of buildings is not new to Nigeria, neither is it only peculiar to Nigeria, however that will not stop us from taking critical look at the situation and finding a solution to it.

Collapse of building though can happen to any kind of building but the casualty of multistory buildings can be so terrible.
The collapse of storey buildings in Nigeria, especially in Lagos usually goes along with it attending casualties which can be more than 20. But what really motivates multi-storey buildings.
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How To Avoid Cracks On Walls After Plastering


The aim of this post, is therefore to give us an insight on the preparatory steps for plastering or rendering 

As we all know, plastering is an in expendable part of the finishing touches in building construction projects. Its therefore the aspect of construction that Presents the beauty or aesthetics of a building and as such, any error made during this stage maybe very difficult or impossible to correct.
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