Home Renovations: Plan Wisely

As fall approaches, the real estate market slows down and I begin to think; don’t wait for spring… do it now!

team elder home sales ottawa westboro home renovationsFor me, fall is a time to think about home improvements; comfort features or improved energy efficiency, upgrading the look of the house. Studies show that on resale, a well maintained home fetches top dollar. Newer windows, furnace, kitchens and baths are high on the list when buyers come knocking.

Although granite kitchen counters add a “WOW” factor, fresh neutral paint, sanded floors, and new siding return 96% of invested value same as the kitchen remodel.

In this photo, Leif Elder is completing the finishing touches to my newly expanded home office with sparkling new oak hardwood floors.

When it comes to home renovations: plan wisely! You deserve a second opinion. Call for my thoughts and advice before you begin.

– Martin Elder
613-722-3722 -or- www.martinelder.ca

Getting Plastered, on the Job!

Good tools and several coats of plaster help.

Getting Plastered on the job!

Condos and Residential, good Value. St Clare Gardens, Arlington Woods,
Old skills are called upon to help an Ottawa home owner needing a little help before the public viewing two days before the Open House. There may be heightened stress levels but there is no need to scream and moan. In fact lets have some fun at it. Right Chris? Eh Margaret? You with me Mike? That’s it mates, pitch in and let’s all get plastered on the job! mind, we must do a spick and span of it, eh Gov?

Barrhaven, Fisher Heights, Cardinal Heights, Rothwell Heights, 

Of all the house hold do it yourself jobs, plastering is one of the hardest skills to master. It is seldom done with sufficient duration by the home owner to get good at it, unlike painting that has repeated movements with low strength requirement. You can be a good painter but plastering will tire you out and in the end you’ll not be happy with the job and not at all happy with the extra work you’ll have to perform to return your botched plastering job to something that looks presentable. Plastering is exhausting and frustrating. But it’s fun! My advice is hire a good plasterer and try your hand at painting. You’ll be happier.
Beacon hill, Blackburn Hamlet, Overbrook, Pineview, Carson Grove,

I love the buttery feel of watered down plaster. It’s alive and has to be treated with care or it will slide off the mortar board onto your shoe. The secret is … drum roll… is to apply in several thin applications. This will hasten the drying time, fill bubbles, and reduce greatly the sanding. Yes! there should be very little sanding when plastering is done well.

Britannia, Ottawa West, Belaire, Craig Henry, Riverview, Manor park
Good luck with it and remember you heard it here first. Anyone interested in a free home appraisal in Ottawa call me. It is so much easier than learning to plaster!
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