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Hanover, Jamaica

Housing Solutions In Jamaica and the construction field


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Getting a Handyman?

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM Comments comments (1153)
Handyman services

A handyman is skilled or non skilled worker that does repairs around the home or sometimes in odd areas, He is sometimes called "Mr. fix it ". Some of the task that carried out by this person will include repair work, maintenance work, both interior and exterior, which include light, plumbing jobs such as fixing a toilet or electric jobs such as changing a lighting fixture. Generally handyman is sometimes classified to be Jack of all trades because he performs all the work for him self. However,a contractor generally hires persons to do specific jobs that will cost you more to acquire their services and while the handyman can perform almost all the tasks a group of persons hired.

A handyman or handy person will provide you with value for work has compared to a trades worker who will charge for his services. The handy man can do all the jobs for one price while others will charge for each tasks at hand. Sometimes a handyman is skilled in one area of his trade, however over years of experience and extensive work in the construction and repair field he/she can acquire added skills to improve their work quality. In our region their not much handyman that can beckon to a call that is send to their phone. We need to have more handyman in our region ( Jamaica ) to help to solve problems that home owners have around their home. Below is a listing of some of the major tasks a handyman can carryout on a Job or project.

  •  Swapping a toilet
  •  Swimming pool maintenance
  •  Tiling
  •  Wall building
  • Air conditioner installation 
  • Crown moulding
  • Drywall repair
  • Garage doors
  • Appraising of property
  • Curtain hanging
  • Electrical wiring
  • General Maintenance
  • Barbecue pit maintenance
  • Decks
  • Energy Updates
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Cabinet refacing
  • Door installation
  • Fan installation
  • Gutter Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Door repair
  • Fence fixing
  • Heating system tune-up
  • Ceiling repair
  • Drain cleaning
  • Fireplace cleaning
  • Home security systems
  • Ceramic tile repair
  • Dryer repair
  • Flooring Installation and Repair
  • Home inspections
  • Cleaning
  • Dryer vent cleaning
  • Foundations
  • Hot tubs and spas
  • Concrete work
  • Dryer vent installation
  • Framing
  • Insulation installation (batts)
  • Countertops
  • Drywall Installation
  • Garage door openers
  •   Lamp repairs
  •  Landscaping
  •  Lawncare
  •  Lockset adjustment
  •  Molding installation
  •  Moving
  •  Paint removal
  •  Painting
  •  Patio stone installation
  •  Pest control
  •  Photography
  •  Plumbing repairs
  •  Porches
  •  Remodeling basements
  •  Remodeling bathrooms
  •  Remodeling kitchens
  •  Roofing
  •  Safety modifications
  •  Sealing driveways
  •  Senior Living Modifications
  •  Septic system repair
  •  Shelf installation
  •  Shelving
  •  Skylight installation
  •  Solar panels
  •  Soundproofing
  •  Sprinkler repair
  •  Sprinkler system installation
  •  Stain removal
  •  Staining furniture
  •  Stone work
  •  Storage area construction
  •  Storage area repair
  •  Waste and junk removal
  •  Water purification
  •  Water softening
  •  Window cleaning
  •  Window installation
  •  Window repair

Would you use a Handyman in your home? 

Painting your Home ( Concrete or Container)

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM Comments comments (7886)
Painting your Home/House
 “Applying a fresh coat of paint to a new surface is 
 Like waking up to the morning sun"   

Lets discuss painting your new home or painting an existing Surface in your home. 
First let me provide you with a check List of the things/items needed for starting your painting project.      

Painter’s Checklist   

 1. Paint (Color of your choice) -    Water base or Oil base 
 2. Scraper   
 3. Wire brush  
 4. Paint brush  
 5. Paint tray / Bucket   
 6. Paint rollers  
 7. Rags /Towels   
 8. Tri-sodium phosphate   - Used by professional painters in                       
                                         Removing stain from surface or degreaser.
                                         (Not sold at local hardware - Has to be imported)  

 9. Concrete patch - Used to fill cracks in the Concrete wall or on the surface.   
 10. Primer   
 11. Breathing mask  
 12. Thinner - If its oil based paint or If water based you use water.     
 13. Ladder - Used for elevated areas     
 14. Newspaper or Polythene Sheet/Plastic cover    

 How calculate the amount of paint needed?    

So the list above is a general guideline for starting your Painting  project and can be change base how much painting you have to do. Well, you have acquired your tools or check list for your project. Next, you will also need to know how much paint will be required to start your project.   In the general Painting world, the amount of paint needed is based on The gallon and 1 gallon of paint will cover 350 sq. ft. Square feet is calculated length * width, so length (running ft.) Of the wall multiply by the height (Generally 9 ft.) of the Wall will give you the total sq. ft.   You will then divide total sq. ft. of wall /350 sq. ft. this will give You the total gallon needed. Also you should remove total open Spaces from total sq. ft. of wall before you start the calculation. If I confuse you with my explanation I am sorry. No need to worry. You can send me an email or call for help.   

How to choose the right color for your area or space? 

Well it all depends on your color of taste or your favorite color You would like to apply to your interior wall or exterior wall. However, to get the right color for your area you may want to get an expert advice. Also you can look into magazines that show examples of colors to use For different areas in your home. Note: Lighting, space available and function of Space can affect your choice of color.  

 Next, I will be providing you with the steps Taken to prepare a surface for painting.     

 So you leave your comments.... Thank you.

Drafting and House Plan In Jamaica

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM Comments comments (1314)
Drafting and House Plan in Jamaica     

Architecture encompasses three main aspects these are Aesthetic, function and durability (How strong) or Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing, and construction, usually of buildings and other physical structures (Definition taken from Wikipedia). Well, in terms of designing an architect would want his/her self-attached to a type of theory or type of architecture. In our modern stage of architecture there has being allot of great architects that has made great impact to architecture; some namely Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. You may say why I have chosen these 3 persons, mainly because of how they have impacted the modernist approach of architecture.   

In our time of architecture or the study of architecture we have adapted some of the legends way of designing in the past and used their approaches to develop new concepts or projects. Having, said all that. How has the Caribbean or Jamaican architecture learned from this? A comment made by one of our prominent persons in our society has state that our buildings in Jamaica is like a colossal disgrace. Well, he was speaking in reference to the building Aesthetics and function. I do agree with him, however we can be assured that we have done well in providing well-built structural buildings. My take on this as an Architect, is that I do stick with the 3 main ingredients that make up architecture. Aesthetic, function and durability; These 3 should be found in a house plan, drafting or design plan of a building. Case example, I have seen many buildings being erected in Jamaica and all of these buildings has in common is square box approach. The designers or draftsman or woman has no sense of approach of designing a beautiful building that represents the client’s life style.    

I must agree that we have not set any standards in the architecture industry in Jamaica That the new designers or new architects can follow to improve the way we design and build. What I hate about our architects is that they have no sense of design or approach to designing. Why I say that.... Jamaica is Tropical Island and our main material for construction is steel and concrete. One factor when designing a building is the environment; Many Jamaican can attest that during the day and night their homes is very hot. This is cause by how your home was design by the Architect; is your home has allot of open space , windows door ways to allow air to pass through your home. Another, factor the orientation (direction of something) of the building; is your building being oriented to where there is a high flow air coming from the mountain side, the sea or where there is allot of trees.?  

Leaving from heat to light; I also hate how buildings that is being design in our country Having lot of closed spaces and little openings for natural light to come in. I have seen and experience living in a house that has little windows, large spaces and during the day its dark inside.  Not cool at all, JPS is now smiling at this situation. If you living a house or Unit why can't the natural light be illuminating your space? This is a question I need to ask designers or Architects in our region.....     

 To be continue.... If you have comments on this first part please leave your comments..

Buying Building Materials in Jamaica

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (10720)

Buying building/Hardware materials in Jamaica can be something very interesting. Why? you have several hardware that will be found your area and all has different prices for the same product. Like for example? 1 Ton of steel will cost $100,000, you go to the next its $90,000 Ja or $88,000 at another. The best choice would be the cheaper hardware. That's good; however you have to do price hunting to get the lower cost and you have be going up and down to different hardware to find the best price. Another factor that will affect your choice is the distance of the Hardware away from you. If you don't have a transportation you most Likely will go to the Hardware that is closer you and of such you will pay more. My advice to anyone is to go far to the wholesaler of the goods and they will give you the items at a cheaper cost than the hardware will give you. However, you will need connections with that company. Sorry to say that’s how Jamaica works. I really, would not want to go down that road of the unbalance society we have. 

When buying material it's best to buy once not twice; Why? the next time you go to the Hardware you will pay a Higher cost and this is not smart at all. Another way to save some money in your pocket; is to Shop when their is a clearance sale or in December period when Hardware’s wants to clear inventory. Also, do remember that when you find a good supplier of materials don't switch, Because they can provide you with discounts that others will not give you because your a loyal customer. 
Who provide the cheaper Materials? Well, I could give some. However, with the information I have provide you, it will allow you to find one in one call. 

What if I can not buy in a large volume? Well, take the Jamaican advice "One one cocoa full basket". What's this.. well you can go to your local hardware and make an agreement to pay-down on your materials just like hire purchase. This helps when you don't have allot of cash or you can even Join a partner in your community or even make up a family partner, it helps allot. 
So what's your views on my advice?  

How to register your land for a title in Jamaica?

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM Comments comments (1508)
Land surveyor at workHow to register your land for a title in Jamaica?

It is very difficult to register land title in Jamaica. Much or less to even get land to purchase. There is too much process to get a land fully documented in your name and also there is problem of finding lands that has title to purchase. This is a challenge that is faced by middle class workers Who need land to buy to start a home. Lets not debate this issue, However I have done some research on the land title registration. You can also call the land Agency in your parish or region. 

Land Titles Services (876)750-5263/946-5263/922-3858 
Land Valuation Services (876)750-5263/946-5263 
Montego Bay Office (876)7750-5263/946-5263/952-1549

Before registering a land title in Jamaica you first would need to contact a land lawyer or a lawyer who is verse in land dealings and you will need the assistance of a land surveyor. Below is some information that will help you in your process.

1.The first step taken would be to fill out a form at the Land agency : The Registration of   Titles Act and sign by the applicant. 

2. A written statement confirmed by oath by the applicant to prove possession. 

3. A written statement/oath to prove ownership from two persons who have known the land for at least 30 years and in cases where the applicant has no documentary proof of ownership, showing title for himself and predecessors in title for 40 years. 

4. The current certificate of payment of Property Tax.(Tax receipts) 

5. Survey pre-checked diagram - The diagram is done by a surveyor(Registered Surveyor). 

6. Proof of Ownership eg. 6. Receipt, Conveyance, Probate, Certificate of Compliance under the Facilities for Titles Act. 

7. Applications otherwise by Plan must provide a description of the land so to show identification of location of the parcel of land by of a land mark and this must state the names of which the property is known. The description must state the distances along each boundary and the compass direction of each boundary line, the names of the abutting properties, the names of adjoining owners, and where the abutting land is registered land, the title reference for the property. The land surveyor report or diagram will provide all these details for you.

For more information contact :

The information was source from: The National Land Agency -

Container House

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM Comments comments (544)
Concept of a shipping container house Red shipping container for building
Buying or trying to build your home can be costly in Jamaica or anywhere in the world. However, there’re many institutions that provide many suggested ways to reduce the cost for construction; but It seems not to work. Also, many construction companies in Jamaica are reluctant to build homes for a lesser cost or they state that it would not be profitable to build homes that are less than say 3 million and the current market price for homes are at an average 6 million and above for 1 - 2 bedroom homes. The question many have or may have asked "Can minimum wage workers afford these valued homes?" The answer would be No. So, why then can developers be more innovative to come up with more cost effective ways or methods of building homes at a lesser cost to live?
In USA, Architects are working or prevailing in methods to reduce cost of homes and making it safer for living. However, Jamaica is a third world country and not a first world country base on economic, size and production. Why is it that we on a hold try to be more valiant to find new methods to build homes for everyone in our country?
Nufield Services or Floyd Bromfield is out on a venture to find out how can we build homes for the future at a lesser cost that is strong, safe, comfortable and livable. So, then let’s start the discussion.....
Have you ever thought that we can build homes out of containers that can be 50% less than average concrete homes? 
What is your view of a container house?