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Beer and Pizza Around Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Nothing goes together quite like pizza and a good beer. It's that malty flavor of an ale that really complements the doughy goodness of pizza crust. Of course, no place does beer and pizza quite like New Jersey. With International Beer and Pizza Day coming up on October 9, our agents are preparing to celebrate the day at their favorite Bergen County eateries.

If you're searching for the best place to grab a cold beer and the perfect pizza, here are some of our favorite local options.

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Homebuying Big Picture - Tarvin Realtors

Buying a home isn't as simple as looking at an advertisement, making a call, and writing a check. There are many steps and phases involved in the process, and preparing yourself ahead of time will make the process a little easier, less intimidating, and more efficient. Our agents are always ready to help you when you're ready to buy a home in Bergen County, NJ, and the following are some things our team can help you plan for, expect, and prepare for as the process moves forward.

  • Do a Financial, Practical, and Emotional Inventory
    How are your finances? How does your credit score look? Do you have all the paperwork needed to secure the mortgage with the lender? Are you planning to retire in the home, move on in a few years as your career advances, or raise your family in the area? Answering these and many other questions is crucial for helping you decide whether to buy a home, as well as determining what type of home to buy, what kind of mortgage terms you can secure, and how much you can comfortably afford.

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Home Office Upgrades - Tarvin Realtors

Whether working from home full time or a few days a week, you need a space that enhances your productivity. Your home office should separate your personal life from your work. It should have the necessary accessories to make working comfortable and more manageable. Besides our agents helping you find the best home for you among the Ridgewood homes for sale, they have also compiled these five upgrades for your home office.

  1. Laptop Stand and External Monitor
    Laptops are great for portability, but if you're working from home, they can quickly become cramped. Increase your screen real estate with a second monitor and add a laptop stand to put your computer at eye level. Both of these options can go a long way in ensuring an ergonomic desk setup.

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Chocolate Day Destinations 2022 - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Chocolate is on many people's list of favorite foods; for some, it's something close to an obsession. Although you don't need a reason to treat yourself, International Chocolate Day is observed on September 13, so mark it on the calendar and plan to visit a local Chocolate Day destination.

Our agents recommend getting your chocolate fix by visiting the following shops.

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Fall Family Fun 2022 - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Fall is in the air! It's the perfect time of year to head outside and enjoy the autumn leaves, newly harvested crops, and crisp air. Bergen County is a great place to be in the fall. Our real estate agents recommend checking out some family-friendly fall attractions and events.

  • Demarest Farms: 244 Weirimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
    Demarest Farms 
    has been growing food for Bergen County residents since 1886. This historic family farm now offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, and a petting zoo. Apple picking begins on September 3, and pumpkin picking on September 24. Admission for apple or pumpkin picking includes free entrance to the petting zoo and playground.

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Don't Make These Staging Mistakes - Tarvin Realtors

With homes flying out of inventory, many sellers are asking themselves why they should bother to stage the house before listing. The answer is simple: Staging helps prospective buyers fall in love with the house creating the potential for a bidding war and increased profit. Your best course of action would be to consult with our agents to ensure you don't invest more in staging than it's worth. But no matter how much or little you choose to invest, a few basics are critical to a quick sale at or above your asking price. 

  1. Don't Skimp on Housekeeping
    It's amazing how many sellers post photos of their beautiful homes showing a basket of laundry on the bed. Even if you have invested in professional deep-cleaning, keeping it as clean as possible throughout the showing process is important. Cameras will pick up every dust bunny in a virtual showing. When the house sparkles, it tells the potential buyer its owners have taken good care of it. It may be helpful to pack and remove things you rarely use to ensure that clutter doesn't creep back into the picture.

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Beer Lovers Day Around Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

September 7th is National Beer Lovers Day, and what better way to celebrate than to unwind with a pint of your favorite brew? If you're moving to a new neighborhood, it may be more difficult to find a place. There are plenty of Ridgewood homes for sale, but are they near any good pubs or breweries? Do they serve the beers you like? We've got you covered. Here's a roundup of our favorite places to have a beer in Ridgewood and the Bergen County area.

  • Gearblock Brewing Company - 140 Franklin Turnpike Suite 2, Waldwick, NJ 07463
    Inspired by a love of automobiles and their inner workings, Gearblock Brewing Company serves up a wide variety of award-winning craft beers near Waldwick homes for sale, Friday through Sunday afternoons and evenings. They have everything from pale ales to stouts, plus sours, fruit beers, hard seltzers, and several seasonal offerings, all handcrafted and delicious.

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Hiring a Home Inspector - Buying a Home - Tarvin Realtors

A home inspection is an essential step in the house-buying process as the outcome informs your decision to purchase a property. A home inspector identifies any structural issues with a potential home to avoid surprises later on.

However, some inspectors are more rigorous than others. Our agents advise buyers interested in Ridgewood homes for sale to pre-screen several home inspectors. Be sure to ask these questions.

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