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Amerifirst blog

 Explore our blog for insights on buying, financing, remodeling, and taking care of your home.

What Does it Take to Maintain a Home Each Year?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 6 min read

Tackle your "to-do" list with our Home Maintenance Checklist Life is busy. Kids, work, meals, appointments - the list goes on. And hey homeowner, you still have to squeeze out time to clean the gutters (yuk!) and change your furnace filter. We've put together this monthly Home Maintenance Checklist to help you tackle your chores in bite-sized chunks so you have time for the bigger things in life.   

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DIY Home Decor: How HGTV is Affecting the Housing Market

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

We live in an instant-gratification society. We want what we want, and we want it now. Some of this is simply human nature. Some of the fault for this lies at the feet of our mass media. We're trained to think a complicated murder investigation can be solved and prosecuted in an hour TV show. Such is the case when it comes to all things home related.   Thanks to networks like the DIY Network and HGTV, we have become accustomed to seeing home renovations wrapped up in a single episode, by homeowners just like you and me. However, that's not how real life works. In real life, remodeling projects take time and a lot of work. Sometimes, they even take the work of a professional!

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Does an Attached Garage Add more Value to a Home? 60 Second Mortgage Tip

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 1 min read

Does it matter if your home has an attached garage? What if you're looking for your first home and you're not sure what kind of investment you should put into it? 

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12 DIY Home Improvement Projects for a Creatively Decorated House

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

Decorating your home doesn't have to be expensive or a long term look. Use these 12 tips to find creative ways to change the look of your home, whether it's for a few weeks or the foreseeable future. Most of these DIY home improvement tips don't require any special equipment or expertise, and when you're done, your home will be uniquely yours.   

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How to Add a Second Story to Your Lake House: DIY Home Improvements

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

What started as a second home on a lake to "get away from it all," began to become a true home for one family. Time on the lake began to become part of their everyday life, and they didn't want to leave the lake cottage once winter began to creep in. But the problems with a lake house as a permanent, year-round home like space and winterization kept them from turning the lake house into home.   

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Home Improvement Financing or DIY: What Works Best

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

You might think that a mortgage company is going to push a home loan for every little home improvement project you may want to do. But here's the thing about doing that: not everyone needs to finance home improvements. It's a shocking truth some lenders don't want you to know. But it's the truth. Not everyone needs to borrow money for home improvement financing, just like not everyone should buy a house.   Sometimes renting is better for some folks, just like some folks can perform do-it-yourself upgrades with no financing.

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