May 2015 - Tips on getting your home ready for summer

May 2015 - Hammer Home News

Dear Friends,

It’s almost summer! It is really almost here, I can feel it - on some days so far.  It is that time of year for some preparations for the summer months ahead.  I know I still have to put the winter boots away but there are so many other things to do, thanks to Pillars to Post Home Inspection services, I thought I would share with you their recent tips on getting your home ready for summer:

  • Inspect exterior surfaces for cracks and make any needed repairs.
  • If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint now to limit damage to the underlying materials.
  • Repair any damaged caulk around windows and doors.
  • Remove window screens and clean with a soft brush and soapy water. Repair any holes or tears or replace the screen material before reinstalling.
  • Have air conditioning units serviced to ensure good operation. Promote air circulation around the unit by keeping shrubs and plants trimmed.
  • Clear debris from gutters and eaves to allow rainwater to drain properly.
  • Seal cracks in the driveway and keep walkways clear of debris and overgrown plants.
  • Test irrigation/sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary.
  • Clean deck and patio surfaces and seal surfaces as appropriate.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils to help maintain energy efficiency.
  • Empty dehumidifier pans and clean hoses according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • If possible, take area rugs outside and hang them over a deck or porch rail to air out.
  • Adjust ceiling fans for proper balance. While you're at it, give the unit a good dusting.
  • Switch heavy bedding out for lightweight summer fabrics. Have the winter bedding cleaned before storing.
  • Close the chimney flue where appropriate to increase energy efficiency
  • Re-pot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.
  • Check door and cabinet hinges and lubricate any that stick or squeak.

Open windows on cooler days to keep fresh air flowing throughout the home.




Real Estate market on "steady pace upwards" in April: OREB

A colder April did little to chill the city’s real estate market, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday by the Ottawa Real Estate Board.


Featured Listings
4615 Sugar Maple Drive

Welcome to 4615 Sugar Maple Drive here in beautiful Riverside South,

Home Sweet Home. This all brick front facade with half brick surround single family 4+1 bedroom home offers lovely curb appeal and everything your family needs in the heart of a community that has everything you will love. 

316 - 3100 Carling Avenue

Welcome to 3100 Carling Avenue unit 316, a perfectly situated condominium here in Ottawa. 

Enjoy this spacious two bedroom unit with fully renovated bright kitchen including recessed lighting, corner sink and tiled flooring. 

6018 Red Willow Drive

Welcome to 6018 Red Willow Drive in the quiet and perfectly located neighbourhood of Chapel Hill in the east end of Ottawa.

This two bedroom upper end unit condominium is beautifully situated.

733 Nakina Way

Welcome to 733 Nakina Way, this charming townhome by Richcraft is a true one of a kind with convenient and practical upgrades throughout the home. Beginning from the front entrance enjoy the tastefully selected tiles and soaring smooth ceilings throughout, no stucco!.

112 Brunet Street

Welcome to 112 Brunet Street, this beautifully built in 2012 semi-detached Marquis model, two storey home by Alja Construction in Limoges. 

Upgraded kitchen with granite counters and modern tiled backsplash, ss appliances and convenient breakfast bar. 

45 Trump Avenue

Spacious 4 bedroom, 4 bath single family home in Central Park - a perfectly situated location in the heart of the city of Ottawa.  This great home invites you in with a tiled foyer, hardwood and brand new carpeting throughout.

613 - 955 Beauparc Private

Welcome to Unit 613 at 955 Beauparc Private, a gorgeous condo at Place des Gouverneurs, built in 2006 by Richcraft. Come home to the stunning lobby and take the elegant elevators up to the top floor.

246 Columbus Avenue

This charming two bedroom two bathroom bungalow is perfectly situated in the heart of the Overbrook and Castle Heights area offering parks, public transportation, schools and just steps from downtown Ottawa.


This Month's Trivia Question:
Which one of my listings on has the same name as a card game?

The first five individuals to respond correctly will win a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks.

Email your answers to

Only one winner per household will be awarded a gift card and all previous winners must wait a minimum of 30 days before being able to win this trivia question.

Thank you and good luck!


Last Month's Trivia Question:
Which of my listings is located the closest to Calypso Water Park?

The Answer was:  112 Brunet in Limoges

Congratulations to: John K., Ben G., Rebecca R., Chantal W. and Melanie D. were the first to correctly answer last month and win a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks.


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