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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

How Does Adding a Pool or Spa Impact Your Home Value

Posted by Guest on Wed, May 24, 2017

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

Just about everybody fantasizes about owning a pool or spa when the temperatures rise. But how does the fantasy of owning a pool or spa stack up to the reality? The answer is, “It depends.” Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about adding a backyard pool to your property.

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Topics: AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal, housing design

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

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

6 DIY Spring Home Improvements

Posted by Guest on Fri, Apr 14, 2017

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

After a long winter we all get excited with the first signs of spring, trees are budding, spring bulb flowers are growing and it seems like everyone is outside. After being cooped indoors for the last few months people would rather spend as much time enjoying the nice weather as possible, but there are a few things to consider before you spend every minute of your day out and about.

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Topics: AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal, DIY home improvements

What the Hail? Recovering From Hail Damage

Posted by Guest on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

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

If you have experienced a heavy hail storm, the amount of your insurance settlement for your property will depend on how much you have to spend on repairs. Hail damage requires a roofing contractor to handle the damage to the roof, but you also have to take into account the damage to interior roofing structures, insulation, ceilings, walls and property inside the structure. You will find some steps to begin the repairs after a major hail storm below.

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Topics: first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal

Winter's Wrath: How to Maintain Your Home During the Cold, Snowy Months

Posted by Guest on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

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

It can sometimes be a surprise when the cold snaps happen. This is why it is important to prepare before the cold months arrive at your location. Moreover, the preparations will help keep your home running smoothly, which can include inspecting your pipes and heating system. If you do not take the proper preparations needed for those cold winter months, your home can sustain damages that can come out costly in the end.

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Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal

How to Renovate and Prepare Your Yard for A New Season

Posted by Guest on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

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

When winter ends and the weather starts being nicer, it might be a good decision to clean, organize and renovate your backyard. This is not something people do often, but only once a year or even more seldom than that. We tend to forget about the situation in our yards, as we get used to it and we don’t think about changing anything. However, what we don’t realize is that renovating our backyard can change the look of our entire house and make us happy and willing to spend more time in it, especially in the upcoming spring or summer. Here are some tips on what you can do to refresh your yard.

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Topics: AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal

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