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Home improvement projects and repairs such as masonry repair, cracked and crumbling steps need to be addressed not only for safety purposes but also because its not aesthetically pleasing. Most masonry problems such as cracks or crumbling cement are better to be repaired as soon as possible in order to stop the problem from growing into a bigger one. Another common problem that people deal with are roof leaks which often times leads to the purchase of a new roof. New roofs are one of the most expensive home improvement project there is. That’s why a lot of people try to keep some money aside. Other things like outdated interior paneling or wall paper would be nice to change up with some new drywall and paint or with a more modern type of wall covering. Installing new floors is another expensive home improvement project that can dramatically increase the value of your house, weather it be new hardwood floors, laminate, or tile you can produce the look you’ve always wanted. Taking home improvement projects one room at a time can be a great way to manage money and to allow for other rooms to be livable. Luckily today most houses have multiple bathrooms which is great when deciding to do a bathroom remodel. The access to information via the internet for home improvement projects is staggering. You tube and many other DIY websites allow homeowners to make many house repairs and home remodeling projects much easier, as well as saving you money. Other small home improvement projects like installing new sinks, faucets, toilets, and shower fixtures, are another nice way to add style and sophistication within a limited skill set. Maintaining the exterior of your house is of the utmost importance. Neglecting to maintain decks and fences will lead to major wood rot and expensive repairs. Keeping your decks and fences properly stained and sealed will increase its durability and overall length of life. Maintain foundations by repairing cracks and painting with specifically designed masonry paint. Keep your asphalt driveways properly seal coated yearly to prolong the life of your driveway. Home improvement projects are an ongoing issue that need to be addressed and with more knowledge and understanding one can make informed decisions for house repairs and remodeling projects which will protect your biggest investment and make you happy in the long run.


The options for home improvements vary greatly with simple repairs to new roofs, additions, door and window replacements and many others including bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, new floors, and entire house painting. Depending on your budget you can make small upgrades like a new kitchen faucet all the way to a complete remodel of a room. Planning and budgeting are always an essential task when preparing for home improvement projects. New doors, exterior or interior are a great way to add value and sophistication to your home. A new exterior door adds dramatic curb appeal to your home and at the same time increases the value of your investment. Storm doors will add increased protection against the elements as well as increase energy efficiency. They also allow for a screened opening in the warmer months which allows fresh air to travel in. Properly installed and insulated windows will keep the heat in in the colder months and the cooler air in air conditioned homes in in the summer months. Spending money on quality windows and doors is a wise investment that will actually save you money in the long run. Keeping up with and maintaining your home is a must. Neglecting necessary home repairs and home improvement projects or taking short cuts by hiring second rate fly by night contractors will only come back to cost you more money in the long run. Another great home improvement project that can change the look and feel of the interior of your home is hardwood floor refinishing. You can turn beat up gouged up floors that look hopeless into shiny professionally looking works of art. You also have the option of staining your floors or leaving it a natural wood look. Two to three coats of polyurethane are always recommended. Other home improvement projects include installing new light fixtures, receptacles, and GFIs. Remember to always have your breakers properly labeled and shut off before making any electrical repairs. Interior and exterior painting is another great home improvement upgrade. Its the most common do it yourself project and can be done at a low cost depending on what type of paint you buy. Deck staining and sealing are an essential home improvement project that when overlooked can lead to rotting wood and high repair costs. A properly prepped and stained deck will last for years and be an oasis for you and your family to relax and entertain. Wooden stockade fences fall into the same category as decks when it comes to maintaining, staining, and sealing. Maintaining your electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems are another major home improvement aspect of home ownership. When dealing with issues regarding these types of specialty, a licensed tradesman in one of those particular fields will be required. At the end of the day the more knowledge you have and the more research you do before making any home improvement project decisions will not only save you money and heart ache but also lead to peace of mind in the long run. Choosing the right contractor means getting references and reading reviews online before hiring. Always get numerous estimates on your home improvement projects and then research the contractors reputation and quality of workmanship. North Jersey Home Maintenance provides high quality home improvement services at competitive prices with quality craftsmanship as the number one priority. North Jersey Home Maintenance serves Sussex County NJ with high quality professional grade type home improvement services. Please contact North Jersey Home Maintenance for your future home improvement needs. 973-841-0303


Assembling your Ikea furniture or any other type can be a major hassle and time consuming project. I have extensive experience with this type of work, and receive calls on the regular to assemble furniture. If the furniture is not assembled or installed properly, your running the risk of future problems and some times even injury. Ive installed all types of furniture including bathroom vanities, large medicine cabinets, intricate shelving units, full kitchen set cabinets, garage shelving units, and many more. Don’t waste your time or run the risk of missing a stud or even hitting a pipe with a screw.  Let a full time handyman professional come through and get the products installed with safety and accuracy. All of my furniture assembling and home repair practices are fully insured so you will always have a relaxed and peaceful state of mind. Another great perk about choosing my handyman service is the money you will save compared to franchise handyman services. So if you live in the Sussex County NJ are and are in need of furniture assembly, please don’t hesitate to call. 973-841-0303


Being prepared for the multiple different types of handyman jobs is a main priority of a highly skilled professional handyman. With many years of experience in the construction and home repair field, and with an ongoing dedication to constantly continue getting educated in various phases of home improvement, one is clearly on their way to mastery of the home improvement industry. One must always have their work truck fully prepared for the task at hand, stocked with all the latest power and hand tools, as well as many miscellaneous materials for getting the home repair projects completed. I prefer to keep a high cap on the back of my pickup truck with a ladder rack and two different size extension ladders on top. Being a handyman in Sussex County NJ means you need to be prepared for any type of job so having all your major tools and ladders already on your truck is a big time saver. Becoming a true professional as a handyman means putting in many years of work and gaining experience in many different facets of construction and home repairs. It takes a certain level of discipline and longevity in the trades to reach the pinnacle of mastery of your craft. Certain construction projects will require the assistance of other tradesman who are specifically licensed in their field. Failure to do so could lead to improper repairs that are not up to code. Dealing with highly reputable companies in the Sussex County NJ area is a must when doing any home improvement project. Angies list is a great place to seek qualified handyman as well as other tradesman in the industry. As always North Jersey Home Maintenance provides military, senior, and 1st time Angies list customers with 10% discount. NJHM provides the best pricing and quality of craftsmanship for all your handyman and home improvement needs in Sussex County NJ. And please never pay franchise prices.

Hardscaping, Retaining walls, Walkway and driveway Pavers Blocks Sussex County NJ

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Retaining Walls

Break up your outdoor living area with a decorative and long lasting retaining wall. Install stairways, straight runs, and curvatures. The options are endless. Many times retaining walls are needed for drainage and structural applications. Other times they may be used to accentuate gardens and yard perimeters. North Jersey Home Maintenance will get your retaining walls installed correctly from underlayment to finished product with highly developed skills and professionalism.

Walkway and driveway Pavers Blocks

Install paver blocks in an endless array of colors, styles, and patterns. Choose the style of pavers that fits your liking and have it installed with high quality insurance. Pavers are easy to repair, they hold up to high temperatures, they allow for expansion and contraction, and the combination of choices are endless.

Storm Door Installation Sussex County NJ

Storm Door Installation Sussex County NJ


Installing a storm door.

Having a storm door is a great way to let in additional light as well as a breeze when you feel the desire arise, as well as saving on energy, and at the same time keep out the insects. The level of skill required to install a storm door would be beginner to intermediate.

What type of storm door do you want?

Are looking for better ventilation, energy saving, or a certain type of look? Do you want a metal, wood, vinyl, or plastic storm door? Do you want full view, roll screen, or ventilating? Full view has a single glass pane or screen. A ventilating has a glass pane that slides up and down. A roll screen has the option of both full view and ventilation. You will also have to decide how much money you want to spend. Standard size storm doors range from 100 to 300. Custom size storm doors can be as much as 500 a piece.

Measure for your new storm door.

Measure the height and width of the existing opening.  Measure the width from trim to trim. Measure the height from top trim to threshold. Do each in three different spots and take the smallest measurement.

Get all required tools and materials.

You will need a drill/ driver, hammer, hacksaw, level, screwdriver, sawhorses, level, tape measure. Open the box for your new storm door and cross reference the parts list to make sure nothing is missing.

Decide what side will be the hinge side.

More often than not the storm door hinges will be on the same side as the entry door hinges. Sometimes there may be an obstruction in the way which would cause you to install the hinges on the opposite side.

Drip cap Install.

The drip cap is the top part of the storm door frame.

Center the drip cap and mark the holes. Predrill the holes. Install screw on hole closest to hinges. The other screws will be installed once the door is hung. Other storm door manufactures my require you to install the drip cap after the door is installed.

Install the Z- bar.

Lay the door on its side. Line the Z-bar up. Allow an 1/8″ overhang on top for clearance. Mark and screw the Z-bar to the door frame.

Fit the storm door.

Pick up the door and fit it into place. Push the door up so the Z-bar is flush with the drip cap. Install screw into top slot on Z-bar. Hold the door while you open and close it and make sure everything looks good. If the door swings open and closes smoothly than your ready to screw in the rest of the screws.

Measure the latch side Z-bar.

Measure the latch side Z-bar and cut to length with a hacksaw. Take the latch side Z-bar and press it into place. Hold it into place and close the door to make sure you have a 3/16″ gap. Predrill holes when Z-bar is in right place, install screws. Finish installing remaining screws in drip cap.

Install the handle set.

Handle installation will be different according to different manufactures. Read instructions carefully because you will only get one shot at drilling the holes in the proper place. Make sure the handle does not interfere with the entry door handle.

Install the sweep.

Slide the sweep onto the bottom of the storm door, close the door, get down low, and adjust so the weather stripping on the sweep is butted up against the threshold. Predrill holes and screw the sweep to the door.

Install the closer mechanism.

Follow instructions and install the closer mechanism. On some storm doors there will be two closer mechanisms. You can adjust the speed of the door closing by adjusting the tension screw. Test the door by opening and closing the door.

Attach the strike plate.

Close the door until the protruding lock hits the frame and mark it with your pencil. Screw the strike plate into place with any necessary spacers. Open and close door and make any necessary adjustments.

Questions? Estimate? Call now. 973-841-0303

Storm door installation. Hamburg NJ, Sparta NJ, Wantage NJ, Newton NJ, Vernon NJ.

Smoke Alarm Placement and Maintenance Sussex County NJ

Having smoke alarms in your house today is more important than ever because of todays modern furnishings which are much more prone to spreading fire. Per NFPA 72 a minimum of one smoke alarm per every sleeping room and 1 outside every sleep room on every level of the home. Codes are constantly changing and being updated, so home owners should stay educated on proper placement.

Smoke Alarm Installation.

Install smoke alarms that have recognized laboratory testing. Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside every bedroom, and in basement. Install smoke alarm in basement on ceiling next to bottom of stairs. Keep minimum 10 feet from cooking appliances to prevent false alarms. Smoke rises, so make sure smoke alarms are placed on ceiling whenever possible. If installed on the wall, make sure their no more than 12 inches from ceiling.  With pitched ceilings, you should install the smoke alarms anywhere from 4 inches from the peek to 3 feet from the peek. Keep smoke alarms away from doors, windows, ducts, or anything with a draft, for this may cause malfunction of the device. For the best protection, interconnect all your smoke alarms, so they all go off in the event of a fire. This can be done if hard wired, or with wireless technology. The 2 types of smoke alarms are ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is more responsive to smoldering fires. A combination of the both is best, and is known as a dual sensor smoke alarm.

Smoke Alarm Testing

Smoke alarms should be tested once a month. Just hit the test button. Make sure you keep them properly cleaned. Replace smoke alarms with 10 year batteries right away if they begin to chirp. All other smoke alarms should have batteries replaced once a year or if it starts to chirp. Check for battery type on back of device. Installing the wrong battery may cause malfunction.

Get highest level of safety with interconnected smoke alarms.

According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms performed the best and were more likely to notify the occupants of impending danger.

  • When smoke alarms (interconnected or not) were on all floors, they sounded in 37% of fires and alerted occupants in 15%.
  • When smoke alarms were not on all floors, they sounded in only 4% of the fires and alerted occupants in only 2%.
  • In homes that had interconnected smoke alarms, the alarms sounded in half (53%) of the fires and alerted people in one-quarter (26%) of the fires.

Michael A. Greene and Craig Andres. 2004-2005 National Sample Survey of Unreported Residential Fires. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, July 2009.






Furniture Assembly Sussex County NJ

Assembling your Ikea furniture or any other type can be a major hassle and time consuming project. I have extensive experience with this type of work, and receive calls on the regular to assemble furniture. If the furniture is not assembled or installed properly, your running the risk of future problems and some times even injury. Ive installed all types of furniture including bathroom vanities, large medicine cabinets, intricate shelving units, full kitchen set cabinets, garage shelving units, and many more. Don’t waste your time or run the risk of missing a stud or even hitting a pipe with a screw.  Let a full time handyman professional come through and get the products installed with safety and accuracy. All of my furniture assembling and home repair practices are fully insured so you will always have a relaxed and peaceful state of mind. Another great perk about choosing my handyman service is the money you will save compared to franchise handyman services. So if you live in the Sussex County NJ are and are in need of furniture assembly, please don’t hesitate to call. 973-841-0303



 Basement Remodeling- Sparta, Hamburg, Hardyston, Franklin, Vernon


Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your teenager demanding a room of his own? Has the college grad come back to the nest? Regardless of the reason, the space solution may actually be right under your feet.

Basements are typically about one third of the entire home’s available space, 600 to 800 sq. ft. in the average home. And while some basements have been finished to create more living area, the majority of these spaces are used as makeshift laundry rooms, home offices, and storage repositories for everything from spare freezers to pantries, paints, and paperwork. In other words, most basements are underused.

There are definitely benefits to considering a basement remodel: • Unlike a room addition, there is no need to excavate for new footings or worry about structural loads. • Utilities (including water, electricity, gas and sewer lines) are typically close at hand, further reducing costs. • Heating and cooling loads are relatively light for basements.

Converting a basement, however, is not without its challenges. Below-grade spaces are subject to water and moisture. Mold and mildew are also common. Overhead pipes and ductwork can add further challenges, and if you didn’t anticipate a bathroom when the house was built, the basement toilet may have to flush up.

THE WET AND DAMP Before embarking on a basement conversion, get serious about waterproofing. If water periodically wells up between the slab and foundation wall, or there are cracks in the foundation, you will need to call in a contractor or basement waterproofing company for advice. They will be able to tell you whether the source of water is an easy one to stem—it can be as simple as gutters and downspouts not doing their jobs.

In many cases, a below-slab perimeter drain leading to a pump with at least two pumps  is the answer. The sump pit should be installed in the lowest part of the room perimeter and set-up to discharge water outside in the most efficient manner.

Groundwater isn’t the only source of dampness and moisture in a basement. Plumbing leaks and condensation are two other common sources. A good waterproofing contractor can install water alerts in your laundry area and near water heater tanks to warn you of a leak before it can cause major damage. He can also recommend a high-capacity dehumidifier to further remedy moisture issues.

 WATERPROOF MATERIALS When finishing a basement, it’s smart to use materials that can stand up to water and moisture. Conventional materials like drywall, wood framing, and MDF moldings are not necessarily the best choices in below-grade applications. That’s why several companies offer complete basement finishing systems that include waterproof wall panels, moisture-proof drop ceilings, mold-proof PVC moldings and water-resistant underfloor systems.

Owens corning offers an insulated wall panel for basement conversion composed of compressed fiberglass lined by vinyl on the finished side. It attaches to block and poured concrete foundation walls with special channels. If you need access to electrical wires or plumbing behind the panels, you can remove them. The panels are non-flammable, impact resistant, won’t trap water vapor, and don’t support mold.


Wahoo Walls.Com Basement Refinishing DiyDo-it-yourselfers looking to save some money will want to consider basement wall panels made of magnesium oxide. When adhered to polystyrene insulation, MgO boards insulate to R-11. They are well-suited to damp areas, are mold- and mildew-resistant, and are easy to cut and install. Plus, they can be painted. The boards install in L-shaped steel brackets screwed to the slab and joists, which have pre-cut wiring and cable channels. Panels for interior partitions are also available without the insulation.

 LIMITED LIGHTING Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a walkout basement, where one or more walls are above-grade and can accommodate large windows and glazed doors, natural lighting is going to be limited in your basement to a handful of small windows. Fortunately, dropped or suspended ceilings, common in basements, can easily and attractively accommodate recessed can, track, and  troffer fixtures.

 DUCTS AND BEAMS Accommodating ductwork and beams is often a challenge. Painting them to match the ceiling is a common approach. Another is to paint them in bright playful colors. So is boxing the ducts in with soffits, or wood-framed enclosures covered with drywall or MDF. If there are ducts that are hanging too low, sometimes they can be split into smaller ducts. Wider and flatter replacement ducts can also be installed to gain a few inches of headroom.

WHEN DRAINS MUST GO UP Basement bathrooms, laundries, and kitchens, common features in many conversions, are straightforward with regard to hot and cold water supply lines, though not always for drainage. If necessary, there are several methods for draining sewage waste and wastewater upwards to existing drain lines. The least expensive is a macerating bathroom pump. It turns on automatically to pump toilet waste and grey water from sink, shower, tub or laundry to your sewer line.

CODES  Basement rooms can be used for many purposes: laundry, home theater, game playing, hobbies and crafts, ect. There are many building codes intended to ensure the safety of occupants that apply to all of the above. They include the use of smoke and CO detectors, GFI receptacles, outside combustion air for the furnace or boiler, materials that resist the spread of fire, minimum room sizes, and emergency window well egress. When choosing contractors to work on your basement conversion, find one who has done the job many times before and who is knowledgeable about applicable codes.


The master bathroom is supposed to be your own private escape—a place to pamper yourself. So why are you always in such a hurry to leave yours? Maybe it’s the pink-and-white tiles. Or the way the entry door slams into the toilet. If your would-be sanctuary is a major sore spot, you’re not alone. Bathrooms are second only to the kitchen on people’s wish lists of rooms to remodel. Bathrooms really start to get tired, Leaky toilets, grimy grout, loose tiles—you name it, it’s probably an issue.” Given the complexity of bathrooms—multiple components in a compact space, not to mention all that water—doing the project right is a challenge. On a cost-per-square-foot basis, bathrooms are one of the most expensive spaces to remodel. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune.

Cost of new bathroom

How much should you spend on your master bathroom? A rule of thumb is that the total project—including materials and installation—should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value. The national average is about $16,000. In 2011-2012, mid-range bathroom remodels cost an average of $16,552 , while upscale bathroom remodels cost an average of $52,249. Labor: 20 percent Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent Fixtures: 15 percent Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent Countertop: 7 percent Floor: 9 percent Doors and windows: 4 percent Walls and ceiling: 5 percent Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent Design fees: 4 percent


These details aren’t necessarily cheap, but if there’s room in your budget, they can help turn a good master bathroom remodel into a great one. 1. Radiant flooring. This heating system will not only keep your floors warm underfoot on cold mornings, it will accelerate drying, reducing the risk of slips and falls. 2. Stain-resistant grout. Though it costs more than traditional grout, stain-resistant formulas cut down on tedious cleaning. Thinner, darker grout lines can also help.   3. Skylights. Natural light is desirable in any room, but for bathrooms located deep within a home, windows may not be an option. A skylight is an excellent way to flood a room with sunlight, assuming it’s on the top floor of your home.   4. Heated shower mirror. A fog-free mirror makes it easy to shave or remove make-up in the shower. That’s particularly helpful in master bathrooms with a single vanity.   5. Framed mirrors. Besides the fact that wall-to-wall mirrors have become passé, framed mirrors present a design opportunity. Match the profile of the mirror frame with the moldings for a coordinated look, or choose something very different to create a focal point.

Low cost makeover

While a thousand dollars may not go as far as certain remodeling shows on TV would have you believe, it can actually do a lot. That’s especially true if your space functions well—no leaks or loose parts—but is in need of a facelift.

  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Alternatively, keep your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Improve lighting and ventilation with a new combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled when you get out of the shower.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries.
  • Switch your standard showerhead to one with multiple settings, including a pulsating or massage setting.

First-class secondary bathrooms


Master bathrooms get the most remodeling dollars, but homes typically have one or more other bathrooms—or else their owners wish they did. Here are a few key considerations.

Streamline the design. A sink and toilet are the only must-haves in a powder room. A round toilet bowl takes up less room than an elongated one, which may be worth the compromise in comfort that some users will experience. Be adventurous. Design treatments that would look over the top in other parts of the home are fine in the powder room. Deep dark hues, such as burgundy and eggplant, play well in these small spaces. Not that adventurous? Limit dark hues or unusual colors to wall paint. Pricey materials such as vessel sinks, custom floor patterns, and stone counters won’t be as hard on your budget because you won’t need as much as you would in a larger bath. Spend on the accessories. With so few accessories to consider, you can spend more on those you do need. “Invest in the faucet,”. “It’s an opportunity to bring something fun and sculptural into the space.” Also, consider matching the faucet finish to other accessories in the space, such as the towel ring, mirror frame, and light fixture.

guest bathrooms A second bathroom, be it for the kids or overnight guests, is expected in all but the smallest homes. If you’ve bought a home without one it should be high on your wish list. To get the job done right, follow these recommendations.     Focus on durability. The surfaces and fixtures will likely get lots of wear and tear, especially if children use the room. Plastic laminate flooring and countertops are durable and inexpensive, plus the kids likely don’t care if they have high-end materials. As for fixtures, you still want high-quality construction, including all-brass parts and a PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish that resists scratches, but go with basic chrome, rather than pricier nickel or bronze. On the walls, choose a paint that resists mildew.  the bathtub. You might not take baths, but every home should have a bathtub. Even when master bathrooms had whirlpool tubs, it was still customary for the secondary bath to have a tub, usually in the form of a shower/tub combo. ventilation. A bathroom fan is critical in high-traffic bathrooms where the shower is going all morning. And since kids can’t always be trusted to turn the fan on and off, spend more on a model that uses humidity sensors to operate the fan on its own.

Bathroom remodeling- Sparta, Hamburg, Vernon, Franklin, Hardyston

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