As the temperatures begin to climb and daylight extends through the early evening, many residents of Ridgewood find themselves invigorated by the scent of summer and eager to dive into a summer project. One of the best summer projects homeowners can undertake is home renovations. With longer days and milder weather, summer is one of the best seasons to start renovations.
Whether your Ridgewood house is a historic beauty that would benefit from a series of modern updates to help it step into the present era with its many comforts and fine finishes, or your house already reflects recent construction and you're hoping to revitalize a special room in the house, consider these four summer home renovations if you own a home in Ridgewood.
Ridgewood is host to an incredible selection of historic houses. With custom carpentry work and one-of-a-kind customizations, these houses boast handsome Colonial exteriors and charming interiors. Unfortunately, in many historic homes, the kitchens are tight spaces with compact appliances. If you love to cook, there's no comparison. New kitchens that brag all the bells and whistles offer a greater level of convenience. Yet, many old homes don't afford ample space for deluxe stainless steel refrigerators, or impressive gas range stoves. When you renovate your kitchen, you have the option of installing these larger appliances and enjoying the benefits of these modern amenities.
One of the number one reasons that homeowners want to renovate their kitchens are the finishes. Cabinetry styles and countertop finishes come in and out of style rapidly. While your kitchen might currently host more dated fashion choices, when you renovate you can embellish this popular space with glass finger tiles, quartz countertops, glass cupboards, or whatever draws your fancy.
Of course, the downside of renovating your kitchen is that it's a space that most residents use every single day. When your cabinets are a mere skeletal framework and your kitchen sink has been removed, it's not simple to make your meals. This leaves residents with limited options such as eating simple premade food items or eating out each night. Luckily, summer is prime barbecuing season, which means that residents can renovate their kitchen and still enjoy home cooked meals.
Roof & Chimney Updates
The masonry work found along New Jersey's eastern seaboard is well known for being rich in sand. The reason for this is that sand is abundant in the local soils in this region. This soil is used to develop bricks. Over time, the high sand content causes the bricks to deteriorate. As such, it's not uncommon to find historic properties in Bergen County with crumbling chimneys.
Whether your problem is a crumbling chimney or a leaking roof that's past its prime, summer is a fantastic time to have work done on your roof. With the threat of snow out of the way and long days, it's a great time to do preventative maintenance or resolve old issues.
Invest In Efficient Windows
A properly insulated window can save the average homeowner as much as $500 per year when compared to single-pane windows. Ridgewood is not without its winter temperatures, and many of the historic homes in the area do not offer residents energy-efficient windows. Investing in quality double-paned glass windows will not only decrease heating and cooling costs, in many cases, it will also increase the value of your home.
Repave Your Driveway
Summer is the season of the construction crew, and if your once smooth driveway has developed a series of potholes and cracks stuffed with tufts of stubborn grass, it may be time to consider repaving your driveway. Summer is not the best season for this simply because of the longer days and milder weather, there's a scientific reason as well. Asphalt hardens as it cools. In order to create a perfectly smooth asphalt surface, workers need time to spread the substance into a level surface and that is easier when the weather is warm. For a new driveway that looks its finest, repave during the warmer summer months.
Renovations are not only a great asset when it comes to comfortably living within the house, renovated homes can also fetch a higher sale price on the Ridgewood real estate market when it comes time to sell. Renovations aren't just an investment in your present reality, they're also an investment in the future value of your home.
If you're considering listing your Ridgewood home for sale, contact Tarvin Realtors to learn more about updates that will increase the value of your property.