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Getting Your Ottawa Home Ready For Selling

A few Drywall Hacks you might not know about

By Jud Menshal | Dec 15 2023 | Drywall Repair

Getting your house on the Market -  Quickly

This is a sign of patchboyz drywall repair in the parking lot of a home depot with a PatchBoyz van in the background

Getting your home ready for sale in Ottawa? It isn't uncommon for the real estate agent to do a walk around with the client. In many homes, a real estate agent will make the following recommendations:

1. Patch all imperfections in the wall.

2. Paint the walls

That's where PatchBoyz comes in. While painters are equipped for small dent repairs, they do not have the supplies and often the desire to patch bigger holes in drywall or plaster cracks. Especially when it comes to bigger patches requiring new drywall, tape, and 3 coats of mud. These take a lot of time and are not what the painter specializes in. This delays the painter from doing his regular work, painting.


"PatchBoyz was the quickest to quote and easy to book" - B Renata

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Painters Don't want to do Bigger Repairs

This is an inside corner repair on a drywall ceiling in ottawa.

Painters will often request that the home-owner hire somebody to complete the repairs ahead of time in order for them to come in and do their job. Patchboyz comes in, and in a matter of hours, rather than days, drywalls and patches the holes, sand them and primes them. An unless we're asked not to, we paint them as well!

Sometimes the repairs needed are more than just regular wear and tear on the home. Kids may have decided to test the limits of a walls rigidity. Maybe an armoire was knocked over and crashed into an adjacent wall, maybe a door was swung open too fast and the handle damaged the wall behind it. Perhaps the removal of a thermostat or ac unit left a big hole. There are many different reasons for which we are left with big empty holes in our walls. But there is only one solution. Patchboyz is it. This is all we do, nothing else.

"My Handyman can do it"

This is an image of a patchboyz technician sanding drywall using a festool dust extractor.

Here are 5 reasons not to have your Handyman do it... even though he's a great guy!

1. It will be noticeable in the morning and evening light (not attractive to buyers)

2. He will not use a dust-extractor to sand, such as in the picture above (this means full house and duct cleaning)

3. He will not use a finishing blade

4. She will require more visits than PatchBoyz

5. She is not likely to do a proper prime-check to find imperfections

While a handyman may be able to leave a decent product with regular mud which takes days to dry, it is often not a nice finish, especially when the "picky" morning and evening light hits the repair. This is what separates the handymen from professional mudders.

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Who will Fix the Popcorn Ceilings?

This is a picture of a damaged popcorn ceiling with overlay text showing where to remove,

We often get the question "do you fix popcorn ceilings?" The answer is Yes, absolutely.

Popcorn ceilings are merely drywall with a textured spray, called stipple. To fix these holes, the process is roughly the same with a few exceptions. The first is this. The stipple adjacent to the hole must be scraped in order for us to apply mud in an even fashion. The second is protection. The scraping of the textured ceiling, as well as the application of the stipple, either through use of a pump or a compressor connecter sprayer, leaves a very big mess. It's for this reason that we create a contained area from the start, in order to minimize the mess.

Selling or not - Get rid of Mold NOW

Many people don't know how toxic and even fatal Mold (mould) is. There are many dangerous kinds, not just black mold. Many of them can lead to life altering conditions and should be addressed immediately. Mold does not require prolonged exposure to affect you and your family.

Some of our Patchboyz are certified in mould and hazardous materials remediation and are qualified to remove these through a contained area and air-tight procedures. Assuming that the person who may have created the hole or made the electrical or plumbing repair was a seasoned tradesman, he or she will have alerted you to this fact, long before we show up on site.

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PatchBoyz Vs other Drywall Contractors

If you've been calling around for a drywall repair contractor, you've certainly come to learn that most contractors aren't thrilled about fixing your small hole and are after the bigger jobs. You may have heard something along the lines of "I can swing by after my job on Friday night". You may have been ghosted. We know how it is. We get calls from good people all the time... just trying to get their drywall repaired.

PatchBoyz sees the Project to Completion

Check with your drywaller as to what is included in her price. Many drywallers will give you a decent price, but fail to tell you that it would be up to you to sand it, since sanding would require another visit once it's dry. If it includes sanding, great, ask if he will contain the dust to the area. Ask if she will clean up after herself. Will she prime and paint? It can sometimes be tricky to apply the primer and paint, especially if you have older walls. Some of our DIY clients come back very frustrated asking us to sand down their prime and paint as they couldn't prevent it from bubbling.

With Patchboyz, Our responsibilities don’t end at the mudding. We sand and dust control through the use of either plastic or expensive equipment. Then we prime it and paint it. We can even take care of colour matching if you simply don’t have time to go to an Ottawa paint store with a paint chip from your wall. We’re here to serve and we can cover every aspect of this repair. This is all we do and we get it done in a day whenever possible..

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Do you have a Project for us?

Why did we start PatchBoyz? We started Patchboyz to help those that need their drywall repaired. People that need real service now, not on a Friday afternoon as an afterthought to a bigger job.

If we can help you fix your home, give us a call, we’d love to discuss your repair with you and see if we’re a good fit. If not, our advice is free!

Article By

Jud Menshal | 📚

Jud is a 14 year Asbestos Removal Type 3 & Supervisor certified remediation technician with additional experience and certifications in Mold, Lead and Finishing. He holds all mandatory safety credentials important for running a safe project site.

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