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Research and articles related to home renovations

Financial Advice


Articles and research about improving your home

Research and articles related to home renovations

Financial Advice


Articles and research about improving your home

Increase Your Home's Value: Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling

Published March 23, 2017 | Updated February 22, 2018

Considering home improvements? Kitchen and Bathroom remodels yeild a high ROI

Thinking about remodeling your home? We recommend starting with a kitchen and bathroom remodel. This will have the most impact increasing your home's value and getting you the most ROI (Return-on-Investment). [MORE]

Turn Your Backyard Into an Oasis

Published March 17, 2017 | Updated February 22, 2018

Ideas on how you can turn your backyard into the oasis of your dreams

Turning your backyard into the oasis of your dreams can be a reality! Here are some tips and ideas on how you can turn your backyard into the vacation destination you've always wanted. [MORE]

Tiny Home Improvements That Really Make a Difference

Published September 13, 2016 | Updated February 22, 2018

Small-scale home improvements that can freshen your home

Not every home improvement project you plan or take on needs to break the bank or your budget. Here are some small-scale home improvements that can help give your home a fresh new look and feel. [MORE]

Home Equity Loans vs. HELOCs

Published August 31, 2016 | February 22, 2018

Home improvement projects that are likely to add value to your home

Home Equity Loans and HELOCs both allow you to leverage the available equity in your home to finance big purchases. Learn more here about the similarities and differences between Home Equity Loans and HELOCs. [MORE]

Texas Home Equity Loan Guidelines

Published August 31, 2016 | Updated February 22, 2018

Home improvement projects that are likely to add value to your home

Texas Home Equity Loan guidelines are a bit different than other states' guidelines. From LTV to processing timelines, learn more about these guidelines here before you apply for your Home Equity Loan. [MORE]

6 Home Improvements to Increase Your Home Value

To get a great ROI (return-on-investment) from your home, you will need to invest in your home. Here are 6 home improvements that can help increase your home's value. [MORE]

15 Home Maintenance Myths

Home Maintenance Myth vs. Fact: Amplify Credit Union has uncovered some common home maintenance myths to help save you time and money when taking care of your home. [MORE]

DIY vs. Hiring a Professional When Remodeling Your Home

How do you decide which home improvement projects are DIY (Do-It-Yourself) or time to call a professional? Here are a few tips to help you on your next home improvement project. [MORE]

How Much Will My Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Published December 20, 2017

How Much Will My Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Dreaming of a new spa-like bathroom but wonder how much it will cost to make it a reality? Here's a short list of what to consider when estimating the cost of a bathroom remodel. [MORE]

5 Home Upgrades for Your Vacation Rental Space

Renting out your home as a vacation rental property has become increasingly popular. Our 5 upgrade tips can help transform your home into an ideal vacation rental space. [MORE]

Frustrating Frosty: 18 Steps Toward Winterizing Your Texas Home

Published November 30, 2016 | Updated October 13, 2017

18 steps toward winterizing your Texas home

Winter weather is approaching! Here are 18 steps Texan home owners should consider to help winterize their homes before the winter weather strikes in Texas. [MORE]

What to Consider Before Getting A Swimming Pool

Suffering from the Summer Texas Heat? A swimming pool may be just what your family and home needs to keep them cool. Here are some things to consider before diving into a swimming pool. [MORE]

The Pros & Cons of Installing A Swimming Pool.

If you're a Texas home owner, you've probably considered installing a swimming pool – especially with this Texas heat. Before you begin the project, take a look at the pros and cons of installing a swimming pool. [MORE]

11 Ways to Spiff Up Your House for Less Than $5K

Are you finding yourself short of the funds needed to make minor or even major renovations to your home? Here are 11 tips on home renovations that won't break the bank or your budget. [MORE]

10 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

These days, finding the right contractor can be stressful and overwhelming but the experience doesn't have to be. Here are 10 Tips to help you hire the right contractor to bring your visions to life. [MORE]

Save Money with Solar Panels for your Home.

Texas has plenty of solar energy resources, take advantage of them and invest in solar panels for your home. In addition to saving money, this article provides some added benefits on solar panels for your home. [MORE]

Home Equity Loan Process

Published October 19, 2016

How the home equity loan process works

The Home Equity Loan process starts with completing an application with an Amplify Home Equity Loan Agent over the phone. Once complete, you will need to submit a few documents to complete the process. [MORE]

Home Equity Loan Requirements

Published October 15, 2016

Home Equity Loan Requirements in the state of Texas

If you're considering a Home Equity Loan, you may want to brush up on the requirements and regulations, especially if you're not familiar with Texas home equity loan rules and requirements. [MORE]

What is a HELOC?

Published October 12, 2016

What HELOCs are and how they work

HELOCs (short for Home Equity Lines of Credit) are revolving credit lines that allow you to access the equity in your home and pay interest only on the amount you borrow. [MORE]

Home improvement projects that are likely to add value to your home

Want to do some home improvements that actually add value to your home? Learn which types of home improvement projects are most likely to recoup their costs when you eventually sell your home. [MORE]

What is a Home Equity Loan?

Published August 11, 2013 | Updated August 3, 2016

Definition and uses for a Home Equity Loan

Considering a Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit? Learn what a Home Equity Loan is, the basics of how Home Equity Loans work in Texas, how to determine your available home equity, and how to apply. [MORE]

Increasing Your Home's Value One Project at a Time

Published June 12, 2015 | Updated June 15, 2015

How to determine if a home improvement project will increase your home's value

Whether you just bought a new home or are thinking about selling your home, Saundra Latham of The Simple Dollar sat down with Amplify to share insights on home improvement projects that can increase your home's value. [MORE]

How to Finance a New Swimming Pool

Published May 22, 2015 | Updated June 1, 2015

Read these tips before you finance and install a new swimming pool

Financing and installing a new swimming pool in your backyard is a big project. Make sure you're prepared with proper financing and that your budget includes all of these factors and possibilities. [MORE]

Home Improvement Loans

Published April 15, 2015 | Updated December 20, 2015

Compare Amplify's Home Improvement Loan Options

Planning some home improvements or renovations? Compare all of Amplify's Home Improvement Loan options to find the one that fits your needs -- even if you don't have available equity in your home. [MORE]

Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Projects

Published April 9, 2014 | Updated May 1, 2014

Home improvement projects that improve your home's energy efficiency

Stop wasting money on high electric and gas bills and add these energy efficiency upgrade projects to your to-do list. You'll be surprised to learn how much money a little bit of time and effort can save you! [MORE]

Homeowner's Spring Checklist

Published March 25, 2014 | Updated March 31, 2014

Great spring cleaning project checklist for homeowners

Home upkeep is a lot of work, and suddenly discovering damages isn't fun. Here are our top 5 spring to-do projects that every homeowner can benefit from that will make the summer months much easier. [MORE]

7 Tips for Hiring Contractors

Published May 2, 2013 | Updated May 30, 2013

Read these tips for hiring a contractor before you start your home improvements

Just as every home improvement project is different, not every contractor is created equally. Before you hire a contractor, we recommend checking out these 7 tips that may save you time, money, and headaches. [MORE]

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