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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

Termites & Real Estate: Life After Infestation

Posted by Guest on Mon, May 15, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

You’re selling your home, arranging inspections and final preparations, when you see the things that make you sweat in horror: wings scattered on the ground, tiny holes near your home’s foundation or mud tubes crawling up the wall of your crawl space or basement.  

Shoot, you think, I have termites. 

If you see these signs you might have a problem, but don’t worry - it isn’t the end of the world! We’ll explain.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

Green at Home: How to Do Your Spring Cleaning in an Eco-Friendly Way

Posted by Guest on Fri, May 12, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

Now that spring has finally arrived, you and your family might be thinking about deep cleaning your home. Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of clutter and prepare your property for the warmest months of the year, but these projects are not always eco-friendly. With a little research and some extra planning, you can make sure that your spring cleaning isn’t going to be bad for the environment.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal, home maintenance

What You Need to Know About Pest Inspection

Posted by Guest on Mon, May 8, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

You focus on numerous aspects while buying a property, but many people tend to overlook pest inspection. Apart from checking the physical condition and structural integrity of the property, it is extremely important to inspect the place for any kind of pests and vermin.

In fact, make sure that pest inspection is included in the purchase contract. If the inspection does not meet the required standards, you can refuse the purchase of the property. Buying a house calls for a huge investment and you must take all the necessary precautions before putting your hard earned money in it. 

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

4 Common Smart Home Technical Issues & How to Fix Them

Posted by Guest on Fri, May 5, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

Smart homes are not a thing of the future. They are here today. Most modern homes incorporate some sort of smart home technology. They are convenience and safety features, and they can save energy too. Electronic door locks that can be controlled with an app provide enhanced security as you can allow access or lock your doors even if you are not home. Here are the top four smart home technical issues and how you can fix them.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, housing design

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Air Conditioning Costs

Posted by Guest on Thu, May 4, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

When the summer months draw near, we start to sweat the prospect of skyrocketing energy costs. This can be especially true of new, first time homeowners. It seems like the only options are to pay out the wazoo or suffer through the sweltering heat. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ways you can keep your home cool this summer without having to go broke in the process. 

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal

4 Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Summer, Inside and Out

Posted by Guest on Wed, May 3, 2017

Ready for Summer? Don't Miss These Four Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for the Season!

Before the summer season gets truly hot, it's time to get your home ready for the summer. Don't miss our top for pro tips for sprucing up your home now! It's easier than you think -- and when you do it yourself, you'll save money and feel empowered because you're taking care of your home the right way.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

5 Secrets to Securing the Highest Sale Price for Your Home

Posted by Guest on Tue, May 2, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

You don’t need to completely renovate your property to get a fair price for your home. In many cases, smaller upgrades can increase the value of a home by thousands of dollars and make it very appealing to buyers. Those who are planning on selling a home in the next few months should take a closer look at these few tips and tricks that will help them maximize their profits and reduce the total amount of time that the property is on the market.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

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