Ridgewood, NJ Real Estate Blog

Graphic of paintbrush and blog titleThinking of painting your home for yourself or for potential buyers? Worried that your amateur paintwork might result in a finish that looks less than seamless? Let's face it; we've all seen sloppy DIY paint jobs that result in missed edges, splashes on the ceiling, or the lumpiness that comes when paint is spread thin in certain areas and thickly coated in others. You want that striking, polished look that you see in the decor magazines; the model home finish in which you couldn't find a flaw if you tried. Well, there are a few tips and tricks to help you get there. Most amateur paint jobs that look clearly unprofessional only look that way because the painter jumped right in thinking that the scope was easier than it is. Don't make the same mistakes;

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Discover Bergen County communitiesLast week, we talked about six incredible Ridgewood-area communities in Bergen County. These incredible and elegant communities are all known for their spacious estates, Ridgewood-esque ambiance, and range of real estate options. However, those were only the tip of the iceberg. This week, we present you with five more Bergen County communities that you should consider when searching for your next home. If you love the idea of life in Ridgewood, one of these unique and family-friendly areas is bound to suit you just as well. Don't limit your chances of finding your dream house; read all about these beloved New Jersey locales!

Midland Park

Midland Park is a beautiful borough with a population of just under 7,000. This comfy hamlet is known for its

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Ridgewood Home Renovations

It's common sense that home improvements projects can increase the value of your property, but not everyone has the know-how required to do renovations themselves, and hiring professionals can quickly become expensive. However, not every task requires a person to have a resume of previous handyman experience, and updating your Ridgewood home doesn't need to be complicated.

Here are 5 DIY tasks that can be done without picking up a power tool.

1. Paint

Paint is the time honored favorite of those looking for an easy, but satisfying change. Coating your walls in a new color can drastically change the feel of a room. You can select two shades and playfully alternate them throughout the room. If you're more adventurous, create a feature wall with

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 Ridgewood is a spectacular place to live, and as the home community of Tarvin Realtors, it holds a special place in our heart. The "perfect community" in many ways, the village of Ridgewood is an ideal place to find one of those picture-perfect houses you've always dreamed of. That being said, many of the lovely residential communities near Ridgewood are equally as beautiful and friendly, and you may be slightly less familiar with them. Within these boroughs and townships you can find a wealth of gorgeous single-family homes with all the charm and outdoor space that you can imagine. Don't let these amazing places go unnoticed during your home search — give yourself as much choice as you can! To help you get started, we'll introduce you to six of the most

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Halloween in Ridgewood is always a fun time, filled with family events, candy, and of course breathtaking decorations. Ridgewood's large homes and leafy lots are perfect for crafting a spooky or simply beautiful Halloween display. However, it can be tricky (no pun intended) to create a home that stands out above the rest and truly reflects the work you put into creating your holiday masterpiece. Don't fret — rethinking your Halloween decor and coming up with fresh new ideas doesn't have to mean going out and buying brand new decorations to replace or supplement your current ones. You can repurpose old items, shop second-hand, or just buy some craft supplies and make them yourself. Halloween isn't all about decorations, either; you can build a reputation

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A garage can be one of the most effective and essential spaces within a house...if it's used right. Yes, its primary function is to protect your vehicle from the elements. However, its status as a storage space offers a wealth of possibilities; the only downside is that for many, "storage space" signifies an incoherent mashup of miscellaneous items in which nothing can be easily found. The other roadblock is the fact that once your garage descends into chaos, it's easy to avoid addressing. For one, it's an industrial, unfinished part of the house that can easily be ignored and mentally disconnected from the rest; sometimes it's even separate from the main building. If everything is sparkling clean and organized except the garage, it's not hard to dismiss

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So, you've bought your first home and everything is new and exciting. Perhaps you went for a foreclosure or simply a lovely entry-level home that's smaller and more modest than what you hope to one day own. One of the most common things first time homeowners experience after the purchase is the feeling of never truly becoming accustomed to this first home. Some avoid becoming too comfortable, saving their dream landscaping, renovations, and decor for their trade-up home. Why pour time or money into something that you have no plans to stay in long-term? Well, because it's still your home. Yes, things could change to make you stay there — you might love the direction the neighborhood is going in or end up budgeting for something other than upsizing. But

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As many homeowners know, new isn't always better. And while not everyone wants an ultra-contemporary home—especially in Ridgewood which is known for its classics—almost everyone appreciates the advent of modern home technology. Functionality, efficiency, environmental responsibility, and safety have all improved with modern home features and no one can deny the importance of those things. However, in our rush to embrace the amazing developments both superficial and imperative in the home building world, we've abandoned many fantastic ideas and approaches and classed them as outmoded when they actually serve a fantastic function. Here are 5 wonderful older home-inspired ideas that you shouldn't be afraid of incorporating for the fear of being passé!

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While your fellow home buyer friends were rushing to find their dream home before the summer came to a close, you missed the cutoff date...or so you thought. Before you retire your searching sessions for another year and put your plans for reorganization and resettlement on hold, consider the upsides of having waited this long to close a deal. While summer is peak season—the most popular time of the year to purchase property—it turns into the season which actually tends to favor buyers. Of course, there are advantages to buying in the summer, as there are for any season. Families with children, for example may prefer to have everything settled before the school year commences. But if you can put those bonuses aside, there is a wealth of benefits that

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