Roof Leaking: How to detect it before it’s too late?

A leak in the roof is difficult to detect before the first signs, it is necessary to be vigilant. What to do when the roof leaks? That’s what we will go over in this article.

1. Regular maintenance

Be careful and regularly check the condition of your roof, especially after harsh weather conditions, storm or heavy rain that can shift a tile. Our article on roof maintenance will give you tips on how to properly maintain your roof.

2. Observe walls and ceiling regularly

The first signs can come from mold or blisters on the paint at the top of the walls or on ceilings at very localized locations. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know where the leak came from, because the water may have followed a complex run-off before starting to dribble at a given location! The leak is not necessarily above the spots.

3. Regular maintenance by a pro

Before these first appearances, unless you do a regular check of your insulation, cover, and roof it’s difficult to realize anything is wrong. It is for this reason that a visit at each change of season is essential to keep on top of things.

Leaky roofing and insurance

Insurance side, if you are affected by a roof leak and water damage, contact your advisor quickly. Water damage insurance in your multi-risk residential contract normally covers the dripping of rainwater through the roof.

Your refund will depend on your contract, read it carefully for the amount of the benefits. Painting, paper, painted, place or decoration will be compensated but beware, the bill is almost always fair. The roof damage average cost will also depend on how badly it was damaged.

Good to know: if your home has become uninhabitable because of the damage compensation will be paid to you depending on the time required for the restoration of your home. This compensation is usually calculated on the rental value of your property.

You can also read more on the regulations in case of natural disaster or bad weather as well as building houses.

Building your own wooden house

wood house

More and more real estate auto-builders are taking on the challenge of building a wooden home, whether as a principal residence or as a second home.

The construction of a house made entirely of wood requires prior technical knowledge as well as good budgeting.
Its technical nature makes it possible to build your house yourself but it is however highly advisable to enlist the help of craftsmen and experts during certain primordial phases.
Building your own wooden house: how much does it cost?
It should be known that the wooden construction is the type of self-construction which presents the most interests in terms of savings realized.

The reason is that the price of raw wood is experiencing a constant deflation in the commodities market. It is thus easy to get enough wood to build the entire house.

Part of your budget will be reserved for the purchase of raw wood. Softwood with a diameter of 30 cm is thus acquired on average around 60 to 80 dollars per cubic meter.

Depending on the quality of the wood and the complexity of the house plans, a range of 60 to 100 m³ of softwood is needed. This amounts to an average of only 4000 to 7000 dollars of budget for the purchase of wood.

Some parts of the structural work, including the foundations, as well as the second work (health, electricity …), will require an additional budget for the purchase of other materials, estimated at some 300 dollars per square meter (m²).  However, other costs such as apprenticeship fees or plan fees should not be overlooked.


The self-construction of his wooden house: why delegate certain achievements?
The self-construction of a wooden house requires some know-how that can be acquired through learning and using specific building plans. But this learning requires time, which could delay your construction.

The simplest is to enlist the help of a craftsman. This one will be able to support you technically throughout the building site, without however completely replacing you.

You will thus remain master of your construction. In this way, you can delegate the tasks relating to the installation of wooden walls, framing, installation of partitions, doors, and windows … You can reserve the privilege of completing the finishing work, such as laying parquet, decorations, furnishing …

Also, know that the craftsman has the opportunity to relocate to his site building the frame of the house and transport it to your site thereafter for final assembly.

Finally, it should be noted that the use of a craftsman grants the benefit of the ten-year guarantee to the real estate work under construction.

A guide to painting stairs

The stairs are one of the most used areas of your home and it also presents an opportunity to enhance the look of your home. No matter their location, you should put in efforts to ensure they maintain a fresh look. Amazingly, painting your stairs does not necessarily call for the services of an expert. This is a simple DIY project that you can complete within no time. However, if you have a huge staircase or might be needing extra repair, the services of an expert will definitely be called for. As much as painting your staircase might sound easy, there are factors that must be put into consideration. Among these factors include:

  • Cost of painting

The amount of money required to conduct the painting exercise will influence your decision on whether to continue with the exercise or not. The cost of painting will be determined by the size of staircase and state of the staircase.

  • Colors

The type of color that you use on your staircase will determine whether the project will be success or flop. Be sure to use a unique color on the staircase as it will go a long way in changing the attitude of that area.

Before you embark on the process of painting your stairs, be sure to have the recommended tools to get the job done. In addition, ensure that the stairs are clean to ensure a shiny coat.

Being a home owner means that you have to keep on coming up with innovative methods for home improvement cost effectively. Keeping it simple is the sure way to go as it brings about the beauty in the most amazing way. Therefore, if you were wondering how to improve certain areas of your home, now you know better. Don’t you?


Tips for designing your windowless bathroom

It is often said that the small things in life make the biggest difference. And when it comes to your home, this rule also counts. The bathroom area might sound less important but in the real sense, it is one of the spaces that can make a huge difference in your home. One of the most innovative ways to design your bathroom and add a touch of uniqueness is by making it windowless. Continue reading

Attic Ideas: Make it your cozy hub

Space is arguably one of the key factors that can transform your home in a big way. Creating more space in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that you spend a lot of resources. Instead, it means that you remove anything that might be consuming space yet it is not put to good use. One of the most innovative ways of utilizing unused space is by converting your attic into a livable space. However, the size of livable space you get will be largely determined by the size of the attic. So, which are some of the ways you can convert your attic into useful space? Here are some useful tips.  Continue reading