Sweeten is free and simple to use
1. Post your project
Tell us about the renovation you’re planning and we’ll match you with the right general contractors for your project.
2. Meet your matches
We’ll send you a shortlist of contractors matched with your project, you can browse past work, read reviews, and get introduced to your favorites.
3. Start renovating
After meeting your matches and receiving estimates, hire your favorite and get started. Sweeten will be there to help throughout the process.
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Kitchen Remodeling in Northern New Jersey
The average cost for a mid-range kitchen renovation in Northern New Jersey falls at $64,000 or $320 per square foot. The costs go up based on the quality of materials chosen, and whether plumbing and gas lines need to be moved, which require additional licenses and permits. Sweeten kitchen remodels in Northern New Jersey range from reconfiguring a galley kitchen layout to optimize storage in a Jersey City kitchen, to replacing cabinetry, appliances, and tile in a Fort Lee kitchen.
Extending plumbing or gas lines increases the cost, as will choosing higher-grade materials.
Create a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in the house for use during the renovation.
If you have the space to store things, try to purchase cabinets and appliances before demo even begins, so that you’re ahead of the game for installation.
Bathroom Remodeling in Northern New Jersey
In Northern New Jersey, a mid-range bathroom of about 35 square feet will cost $20,000 or about $570 per square foot. The construction period typically lasts about a week, though expect the entire process, including planning, demolition, and execution to take anywhere from two weeks up to three months. A “rip-and-replace,” which involves swapping out fixtures and finishes while keeping them in the same place, will typically take less time than reimagining the layout to make it bigger or moving plumbing. Homeowners often focus on maximizing storage, light, and updating outdated fixtures. Recently, more Sweeten projects have involved making bathrooms more accessible, through the installation of safety bars, curbless showers, and higher toilets.
A 36-square-foot bathroom in Northern New Jersey starts at $20,000.
A “rip-and-replace” should typically be cheaper and take less time than a bathroom renovation involving layout changes.
Accessible design is on the rise in bathroom renovations.
Delivery delays can affect your renovation timeline. If you have the space to store things, try to purchase tile and other fixtures before demo even begins.
Basement Remodeling in Northern New Jersey
Basement renovations can cost on average $117 a square foot in Northern New Jersey. The existing condition of the basement, however, plays a big role in the price. If the plan is to add a bathroom or major entertainment area, for example, and there are no existing plumbing or electricity lines, costs will go up. Other factors, including ceiling height, local egress regulations, and insulation needs also have an impact on timing and price. But keep in mind that the work you put into a basement will be recouped in your property value! A Sweeten renovation in Bergen County, New Jersey involved creating a new laundry room, in addition to a music space and hangout area.
Basement renovations in the area cost on average $117 per square foot.
According to Remodeling’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report, 70 percent of what goes into a basement renovation will be recouped in the value.
Evaluate how you’ll use the space to get a better sense of cost and timing.
When should you meet with and hire a general contractor?
Homeowners typically start meeting with contractors
1-3 months out from when construction begins.
Every project will have a unique schedule, so
look at this as a starting point. The pre-construction phase of your
project can be planned even 3-6+ months in advance.
Regardless, a start date should be a big factor in your search for a general contractor. Some contractors could be booked months in advance, while others have a schedule that aligns with your timing. When you come to Sweeten, we’ll start the matchmaking process to find estimates from multiple general contractors. If you do select one of our experts, you’ll receive regular check-ins until the project is complete, with encouragement to reach out with any questions to renovate with confidence.
Sweeten also handles commercial projects, including restaurants, retail spaces and offices. Find out more here.