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Damp proof your home

Damp is one of the biggest threats to homes. Damps result in weakening the structure and also reduce home age. In Pakistan, people are always worried about dampening of floors, walls and roofs. People try the short term solutions like painting the roofs & walls or fixing tiles on walls. But after some time, damps appear again. So what we actually need is the permanent solution.

In Pakistan damp emerges from foundations, external walls, roof tops and joints. First of all we have to thoroughly inspect the building / home to find the exact cause of damp. After we have found reason of dampening, we can proceed to the next step; remedies.

Damp from foundations and solution

In first case scenario if damp emerges from foundations, we have to immediately check the Damp Proof Course (DPC) in foundations. When DPC is broken or not properly laid out, damp emerges from foundations. So we should immediately fix DPC by properly fixing it. This will solve the problem emerging from foundations.

Damp from roof top and solution

Damp from roof emerges when there are holes in roof or there is no proper way out for rainwater. In case of roof holes, we immediately need to fix this problem. But if roof top has no proper water drainage system, water will penetrate in the roof. So to avoid it we need to make sure that we have proper system of water drainage. We also regularly need to check the drainage pipes to ensure that pipes have no blockages.

Damp from external wall and solution

Water also penetrates from external walls, when wall plaster is broken or bricks are damaged. So first we need to know the extent of problem. In case we have exposed brick walls, we need to fix broken bricks and then can do proper pointing. In case of outer plaster is broken we just need to fix it.

Damp from weak joints and solution

Damp also emerges from joints. We need to thoroughly inspect the masonry and concrete joints like beams above doors and windows and roof slab. Sometimes there are cracks in the joints that cause water to easily penetrate inside and damage the structure. To solve this we need to properly fix the cracks in joints by plastering or either proper jointing work.

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(28) Comments

  1. muhammad azeem uddin

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    Sir. Sir . Sir. don’t compair Pakistan with developed country. develop country is not running on gambling. in usa laundry shop open at 4 am. the life has closed at 9 I click pm. because next day every one join their duty at home. see their export. just 20 billion Pakistan can not survival a long time.

    black money discouraging the people who are earning money by hard working. Actually government is promoting gambling. that is why all of Pakistanis want to become RICH WITH IN DAYS. they need short cut ways with out any hard work.

    but this kind if things did not last longer and it will CRASH LIKE AEROPLANE. I mean stock and real estate can not survive their pick.

    so the genuine home buyer don’t feel upset to consider you can not buy home for your children.

    ALLLAH is the best provider ! and business is like waves once it is high and it is low!! ALLAH SABAR KARNE WALE KE SAATH HAI. Halal jata nehi aur haram rukra nehi

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    • Irfan
      Canadian and USA House price are floating due to record low interest rates and money printing.
      Today was inauguration ceremony of the 45th USA PRESIDENT
      Just wait of few months and lot of markets will fall like house of cards

      GLOBAL PROPERTY CRASH IS ON THE WAY

      INDIAN MONEY CRISIS ND HOUSING CRASH WAS JUST A TEST CASE BY ELITES

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    • Captain (Retd) Shahanwaz Yaqub Bhatti

      Many thanks Captain sb for sharing valuable and very informative piece of writing. Your analysis with empirical data / graphs is stunning.

      I would like to add few words about global property trends.

      Property is down in UK
      Down in DUBAI
      Down in Europe
      Down in India
      Down in USA
      Down in Canada
      Down in Pakistan

      BUT WHY DOWN?

      Simple answer is we are living on BORROWED MONEY.

      This guy in USA is predicting 90% fall in real estate price.

      http://usawatchdog.com/2017-predictions-on-trump-gold-silver-housing-stocks-bonds-antarctica-clif-high/

      WHAT ARE HIS CREDENTIALS:

      USA ECONOMY IS LIKE 18-20 TRILLIONS
      USA DEBT IS 200 TRILLIONS

      This shows if economy is reset dollar will have only 10-15% of value what it has now. So same course will be followed by REAL ESTATE SECTOR IN USA

      AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE IN USA = 3.5 CRORE
      AFTER CRASH / RESET = 35 LAC

      Pakistan will definitely not follow the same course but we will see some price drop or stagnation like 2008.

      BLACK MONEY IMPACT ON PROPERTY

      Indian currency crisis has crashed the property prices by 35-50%.

      PAKISTAN HOUSING IS WAY EXPENSIVE THAN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES

      Average salary in Pakistan 30,000
      Annual salary = 3.6-4 Lac
      One can buy property = 5 years salary = 4×5 = 20 LAC

      So average house price in Pakistan should be 20 LAC but its like 1 crore

      AREA WITHIN LAHORE RING ROAD is now MAIN or prime Lahore

      Can we buy house within 20 LAC within Lahore Ring Road.

      PAKISTAN PROPERTY MARKET IS IN RESET MOOD

      Two possibilities

      1- Prices will come down
      2- Rise in salary

      GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO MASSIVELY INCREASE THE SALARIES IN BUDGET 2017-18

      Hope we have soft landing than the hard crash.

      I personally wish a stagnant market where pay rise or increase in purchasing power provides the much needed shoulder to falling property prices.

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      • Dear Ghar 47,

        I have never been in favor of investment bubbles such as 9 Prism or likes of Bahria Karachi . I do take advantage of them though but i always tell my clients about the inherent risk involved. Also remember that after every correction the prices will tend to go higher than the last high.

        In a long term uptrend , when a correction occurs that is your opportunity to buy .

        Also it is important to analyze where the prices are on genuine demand and not investor interests, This can help you invest wisely.

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          • Hasan

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            One often comes across a line of reasoning that follows the following pattern:

            1/ It is unreasonable to expect to buy property in good areas and that some kind of property is always available for everyone given budget quantum

            2/ And that it’s not black money per se that distorts markets; might be a contributing factor but not in a big way

            3/ And that one should therefore stop complaining and stop blaming the system, black money, the universe et al.

            Here’s how a different school of thought might see it:

            Yes of course it is unrealistic to expect to buy property in just any top notch area given a certain budget. But this type of argument misses an important underlying point. Not everyone is alike in terms of background, education, years of effort, potential to rise (legally), knowledge of the world, etc. Hence, everyone’s frame of reference is a product of different circumstances & personal effort.

            In other words, someone who is from a middle class family, has gone to good schools, has had good jobs for number of years DOES expect to be able to buy property in a good area. E.g. in Karachi’s case it would be in good parts of Clifton, Bathisland or DHA. That is not an unreasonable expectation given how things work in normal parts of world. Wrong to even claim that such people have a bloated sense of entitlement & they are under impression that they deserve to be able to buy good properties.

            No. I would insist that it is exactly right to expect to be able to live in a good area ….and not by a nallah or in a downtrodden, slum-like area. It would be a well-deserved reward for all their high quality education, years of savings, and responsible law abiding, tax-paying behavior over time.

            This type of person is in no way comparable to someone who does not have the same circumstances.

            About 35 years ago, such a person’s parents were able to buy property in good areas after putting in 15 years of hard work & a loan equivalent to 3-4 years’ worth of payoff time.

            What has changed since then? Of course property values rise over time and so do salaries. In most of the developed world (read ‘normally’ functioning economies with lesser amounts of corruption), that 35-year-old scenario still holds reasonably true.

            It does not hold true in Karachi anymore. People from middle class or even upper middle class families do not have independent resources to buy ‘good’ properties. ‘Good’ from who’s point of view? Good from point of view of type of person just described; his frame of reference …and not the frame of reference of someone with little or no education, non-professional jobs, etc

            That difference – between what is reasonable to expect & what current (distorted) reality has become – is what black money is responsible for.

            So to the second point that it is not black money per se that is responsible, I would humbly submit that it is very much black money that is about 80-90% responsible.

            As to point # 3 that one should stop complaining, to that I would say that the day we stop complaining (against corruption, black money, bad system), then we would no longer be conscientious human beings. Given the rotten state of affairs over the last few decades, if anything one should complain even more vigorously. It is not complaining; it is raising voice against what is wrong and should end.

            We all believe property prices rise. But not so high & not in such unreal manner that they leave even the most educated, professionally accomplished people behind in their quest to be able to live in good areas. When that happens, then we are quite justified in raising voice against black money.

            And that time is near when things would become better or normal. Be it via Panama Gate, or property tax reforms, or FBR enquiring about sources of money, demonetization, outright arrests of corrupt elements across the board …or a mixture of everything ….but that time is coming. I believe it.

          • Hasan
            Many thanks for sharing your logical and detailed analysis

            WHAT I AM SEAING AND LISTENING AROUND THE GLOBE
            2016 YEAR OF GREAT CHANGE AND REALITY CHECK

            OVERALL BIG CHANGE

            1- USA PRESIDENT IS THOROUGHLY ABUSED AND HUMILIATED IN CHINA G-20 MEETING. This was indeed shameful act by Philippine President in G-20 meeting China.
            CHINA RUSSIA TURKEY totally humiliated USA as an EMPIRE.

            2- USA lost first war in SYRIA

            3- ISRAEL was first time blamed by UNO over illegal settlements in Palestine.

            3- First time in history of USA is called as RUSSIAN AGENT (TRUMP)

            4- WORLD WAS LIVING BEYOND MEANS a reality check in EUROPE where ITALIAN bank is enough to destroy world economy

            5- PAKISTAN EMERGES AS GREAT NATION

            6- INDIAN LOST DIPLOMATIC WAR AGAINST PAKISTAN

            7- Corruption is being haunted world wide and we can see in PAKISTAN TOO

            REAL ESTATE WORLDWIDE

            1- Currency crisis in INDIA and 35-50% property crash

            2- BRIXIT, UK leaving Europe and property in crumbling

            3- Europe property is as crashing as its economy. 11 million empty houses in EUROPE 3.4 MILLION in Spain Alone

            4- Hard try by UAE Sheikhs to stop property crash by law changes but of no use

            5- Canadian property crisis is every towns talk

            6- Australian propriety market is highly overheated

            7- USA property market is very very volatile to INTEREST RATE CHANGES

            WESTERN HOUSING MARKET IS FLOATING JUST BECAUSE OF RECORD LOW INTEREST RATES. It will fall like house of cards once rates start increasing.

            PAKISTAN PROPERTY MARKET

            BLACK MONEY

            We can see many money laundry cases in Courts and also many corruption cases. If courts punish these people there will be a wide spread message . NO TO CORRUPTION & BLACK MONEY
            THIS IS ENOUGH TO CRASH PROPERTY MARKET IN PAKISTAN. What happens in INDIA is a good example that what havoc black money blockage in Pakistan will bring.

            HOUSING IS TOO EXPENSIVE

            Average affordable house price is 5 times annual salary. Pakistan average salary per year is say 4 lac so one can buy property worth 20 LAC. Even if we combine two wages sum is 40 LAC

            WHAT WE GET WITH 40 LAC – 50 SQ YARDS / 2 MARLA HOUSE

            THIS CLEARLY SHOWS THAT PAKISTAN PROPERTY PRICES ARE THE GIFTS OF EXCESSIVE BLACK MONEY

            HOUSE SIZES

            Pakistan population density is that of UK 250 PEOPLE PER SQUARE KILOMETER

            But we build houses like USA mansions

            If there is no black money, then WHO WILL AFFORD MORE THAN 5 MARLA OR 125 SQ YARDS HOUSE

            PAKISTAN PROPERTY MARKET IS IN CORRECTION MOOD

            Pakistan property market is out of reach of 80% PAKISTANIS

            Two possibilities
            1- Prices will be down to the level where people can afford to buy homes
            2- Massive rise in wages as is expected in Budget 2017-18 by GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN

            MARKET SITUATION

            Dealers are saying that property market is getting better

            They say prices are on rise

            BUT WON WHAT PRICE PROPERTIES ARE BEING SOLD?

            40% estate agents have closed their agencies in Lahore.

            PAKISTAN PROPERTY MARKET IS MOVING FORWARD TO MUCH NEEDED CORRECTION

            CHANGE IS EVERYWHERE, CHANGE IS THE REAL ENGINE OF PROGRESS IN SOCIETIES

            CORRUPTION AND HOUSE SIZE

            Pakistan population in 1990 was 10 CRORE
            NOW 20 CRORE

            House size of 20 grade officer was 1 KANAL at that time
            Now same grade person cannot buy even 5 MARLA HOUSE

            So to achieve one will do corruption

            They best way to solve many problem is to ban house construction.

            Just flat buildings that have 1-4 bedroom apartments. So that every person has flat according to their requirements. THIS will definitely reduce to race to collect illegal money and will bring much needed harmony in societies.

            BEST WAY IS IF GOVERNMENT STARTS NO PROFIT AND NO LOSS APARTMENT CONSTRUCTION

          • Hasan

            PAKISTAN AS A GREAT NATION OR FAILED ESTATE

            4 SUPER POWERS

            1- PRE MODERN ERA – 1453-1800

            SUPER POWER was OTTOMAN EMPIRE or Saltanat-E-Osmania

            2- MODERN ERA – 1800-1945

            SUPER POWER was British Empire

            3- POST MODERN ERA – 1945-2016

            SUPER POWER was USA Empire

            4- ULTRA MODERN ERA – 2017-CONTINUE

            SUPER POWER is CHINA

            Common in all these super powers of modern ages

            1- Great tolerance for creed and religion
            2- Great care of common man
            3- Free delivery of food, medicines and homes

            ROTI KAPRA MAKRAN

            ALL EMPIRES TRIED HARD TO PROVIDE BASIC FACILITIES TO PUBLIC and worked hard to minimize rich poor gap.

            RICH POOR GAP

            This is the cause of revolutions and over thrown of empires in history. Justice is other major issue.

            French revolution or Arab spring is the result of rich poor gap. Rich people are enjoying luxuries but poor have nothing to eat. Justice was no available for common man.

            PAKISTAN NATION AND HOUSING

            The way prices are sky high we are on the verge of revolution.
            Common person cannot buy even bread but rich people are enjoying un imaginable luxuries.

            RICH PEOPLE HAVE LUXURIOUS VILLAS but poor have even no small cottage

            ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO
            NAWAZ SHERIF
            I.K

            why they got popular in PUBLIC

            Just one salogan

            ROTI KAPRA MAKAAN

            World will see the biggest slavery in 21st century.

            RENT SLAVERY

            WORLD ELITES are sowing on TV as ideal model to live in rent
            Yes they want us to always renters
            They want to buy all real estate
            They want us to be their slave to pay for their luxuries

            In 2010 Pakistan home ownership was 80%

            Now its less than 75%.

            In 2040 there will be more renters than home owners.

            PAKISTAN NEEDS ITS OWN REVOLUTION

            Housing revolution where government provides homes on no profit or loss basis
            More affordable houses.
            HOUSING should be included in NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

            Prime Minister Housing and Ashiana Housing are good efforts but their fruits are limited to few people. These efforts show spread to every corner of Pakistan.

            IF PAKISTAN AS A STATE BRINGS JUSTICE BACK AND STARTS HOUSING FOOD MEDICAL REFORMS we will be one of the GREATEST NATIONS but other wise Pakistani renolution like Arab spring is not far away.

            HOUSE PRICE IS ALWAYS GOOD SYMBOL OF PUBLIC SATISFACTION

            LOW PRICES HAPPY NATION
            HIGH PRICES leads to depression

            JAPANESE are very worried about their future as they spend more than 50% of their income on rents or mortgages
            They consider that they have no future

            HIGH HOUSE PRICES IS ONLY BENEFITS elites
            Low house price benefits masses

            GHAR47 wishes that every Pakistani have own home.

      • muhammad azeem uddin

        on   said 

        Sir. Sir. Sir. Kindly more that Pakistan loan is soaring 69% of GDP. border line is 60% it means it is already 9%high. if the loan further reach 21%then Pakistan will DEFAULT. all revenue figure on budget 2016-2017 set are going down
        government is not in position at all to increase salary in coming budget. because the earning is low and expenses are high. it means PROPERTY CRASH must be see near future. but need PATIENCE!!!!! WAIT AND SAVE MONEY TO TAKE BENEFIT AT THAT TIME IF YOU HAVE CASH.

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        • Muhammad Azeem Uddin

          Yes this is why I say that western civilizations are doomed and living on borrowed money from future generations.

          Pakistan is in much better state

          Total internal and external debt should not exceed 180% of GDP

          Click on the below link to see what is happening in Japan, UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Europe, Germany, Ireland, Spain

          http://www.usdebtclock.org/world-debt-clock.html

          WESTERN PROGRESS IS JUST BECAUSE OF DEBT

          This is why Pakistan should control its debts

          I personally feel that some kind of correction is long due in Pakistan property market. Yes timing is the big issue.
          It can be in few weeks
          or few months

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  2. muhammad azeem uddin

    on   said 

    mostly price hiked by black economy and this could not be possible for long time more. it means the heat of property will cool down very soon
    and it will burst. abnormal price hike means their is some thing going WRONG

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    • Muhammad Azeem Uddin
      Agree
      Affordable property market is 1:5 times maximum salary
      But in Pakistan ratio is 1:15
      Its only because of black money.
      I personally see big crash eminent but lets see what future unfolds.

      Property gurus worldwide are predicting bad year 2017 for property market as property prices will crash worldwide

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  3. Shehzad

    on   said 

    What is going on in the property market. Should I wait or buy? Dealer tells me to wait till panama case decision. What the hell is with property market and panama leaks case

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  4. Bahadar pathan

    on   said 

    I want to sell my home in DHA Lahore. I have increased the asking price. Dealer says that property market is performing good. But no call from any buyer. Is this called as normal market?

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    • Bahadur Pathan
      Situation is same everywhere. Increase in Asking price can be seen but no deals. Buyers have more options than sellers, this is why buyers want to take time to make solid move.

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    • Sana Gul
      Market is stagnant. People are increasing the asking price but no serious buyers.
      Its look like that buyers and investors are in watch and see mood.
      But overall market sentiments are positive.

      Reply

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