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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

Think What You Could Do With An Attic Remodel

Need to find some extra space for your teens to hang out or maybe a new master suite? The solution might just be one you haven’t considered. Think about an attic remodel or renovation to add more living space to your home. [MORE]

16 Thoughtful Hosting Tips Your Guests Will Love

Do you enjoy providing the welcoming touches that make your guests feel special when visiting your home? Try these 16 thoughtful tips and impress your guests with your extraordinary hosting talent and attention to detail! [MORE]

How Much Will My Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Taking on a kitchen remodel can be quite an endeavor and a major expense. Should you hire a contractor or save some money and do-it-yourself? Learn more about what to consider when remodeling your kitchen. [MORE]

7 tips to build your outdoor paradise.

Has your outdoor living space been needing a little attention? Now is the perfect time to upgrade your space to the outdoor paradise you've always dreamed about with these 7 outdoor furniture tips. [MORE]

9 tips to maintain your pool

Texas is one of the hottest states in the U.S. which makes having a pool a blessing - if you are able to keep up with the pool maintenance. Check out our 9 tips to help maintain your pool this season and ensure lasting enjoyment for many years. [MORE]

Prep your house for the summer.

The Texas heat can put additional stress on your home and can cause your energy bill to spike during the summer months. We've got 11 great tips to help minimize the impact and keep you and your home cooler this summer! [MORE]

Tips for home improvement projects

Your to-do list has become out of control - it's finally time to start working on those long-awaited home improvement projects! Amplify has you covered - here are 12 tips for a successful home improvement project. [MORE]

Tips for an easy cleaning routine

Do you love cleaning your house every day or even on a weekly basis? We didn't think so! Here are 15 tips to help you get organized for a fast and easy cleaning routine so you can fall in love again with your home. [MORE]

What is a Home Equity Loan?

Updated April 20, 2018

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]

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 HELOC?

Published April 20, 2018

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 Equity Loan Requirements

Updated April 20, 2018

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]

Home Equity Loan Process

Updated April 20, 2018

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]

Genius Entryway Hacks to help keep you organized.

The entryway to your home is often the busiest not to mention, the first impression when someone walks in. Here are some genius ideas to help organize and streamline your entryway to help keep you organized. [MORE]

5 Kitchen Trends for 2018

Published April 18, 2018

Kitchen Trends to watch.

Considering a kitchen remodel before your next party or holiday gathering? We've compiled a list of five of the hottest kitchen design trends for 2018 to help you with remodeling your kitchen. [MORE]

Quick and Easy Ways to Declutter Your Home

Ready to finally tackle the clutter that has been building over the years and get rid of the anxiety that goes along with it? Consider these tips to make short work of decluttering your home and your mind! [MORE]

6 Reasons to Spend Your Home Equity

Published April 17, 2018

Why you should spend your home equity.

Did you know that you can use the equity in your home for more than home improvements? It is a great way to make your dream kitchen or pool oasis a reality, but you can also use it to pay for college tuition or invest in the stock market. Discover more ways to use your home's equity. [MORE]

Home Improvements Under $150

Looking for budget friendly home improvement and decorating ideas? Here is a list of 16 home improvement and decorating ideas that you can use to help spruce up your home for less than $150. [MORE]

7 great tips for your kitchen remodeling project.

American consumers are expected to spend $38.5 billion buying their furniture and home furnishings online. We've got a great list of online furnishings websites to help bring your design vision to reality no matter your style or budget. [MORE]

8 Popular and Impactful Lighting Trends for 2018

Lighting fixtures can make or break a room's ambience or functionality. Discover how you can optimize the style and quality of your living spaces with these 8 popular and impactful lighting trends for 2018. [MORE]

7 great tips for your kitchen remodeling project.

You've decided it's time to give your kitchen a fresh, new look! Renovating can be stressful if you don't plan ahead. Check out our 7 great tips to help make your kitchen remodeling project a success. [MORE]

Steps for starting a flower bed or garden.

Spring is the perfect time to add a flower bed or vegetable garden to your yard. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started on that spring garden project and keep your yard thriving all Summer. [MORE]

Take advantage of your home's equity.

Thinking about home improvements or remodeling your home? With housing values on the rise, homeowners are accruing record amounts of home equity to use for home improvements or remodeling their kitchen and bathrooms. [MORE]

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

Ready to give your home decor new life by adding bold design elements? Experiment with circles, purples, and wabi-sabi to give your home a fun, new look. Discover the new home decor trends for 2018. [MORE]

Great spring cleaning project checklist for homeowners

Tackle your Spring-cleaning and get your home into tip-top shape with our Homeowner's Spring Checklist. These 12 projects can save you from future home repairs. [MORE]

7 Tips for Hiring Contractors

Updated March 5, 2018

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]

Home Improvement Loans

Updated March 5, 2018

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

Updated 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

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]

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]

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 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]

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