Helpful Ways to Organize Your Garage

September 11, 2020 by First Federal Bank

If there’s no longer room to park, the junk is piling up, or you spend far too much time searching for the items you need, it may be time to organize your garage. If that seems like an intimidating prospect, these tips will help you get started and put your efforts on the path to success.

Topics: Vehicles, Home Owners, Home Improvements

Planning for a Home Down Payment

August 14, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Buying a home is a milestone worth celebrating, but it takes planning and preparation before signing the closing documents to ensure the purchase doesn’t become more of a burden than a blessing. Proper planning involves determining how big of a down payment you need and saving money for that down payment. Here are some pointers to get you...

Topics: Mortgage Lending, First Home, Home Owners, Home Improvements

Improve Your Office Ergonomics

August 12, 2020 by First Federal Bank

In these unusual times, many of your employees may be working from home. It’s likely they have taken steps to create an ideal working space to make the experience more comfortable, and to enhance their productivity. Before they return to your small business’s workspace, take time to evaluate and improve your office ergonomics.

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Home Owners, COVID-19

Consider Peace of Mind with Valuable Items Insurance

July 08, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Do you own any jewelry, antiques or other valuables? If so, you may need to purchase additional insurance for these items, as their full value may not be covered by your regular policies. To help you determine whether extra coverage is right for your situation, consider these questions:

Topics: Insurance, Home Owners

Protect Your Assets during Hurricane Season

July 02, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Recent events have made it clear that businesses can live and die on preparedness for disaster. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, between 40 and 60 percent of all small businesses succumb to disasters like fire and burst water pipes, not including a far-reaching health crisis or major weather catastrophe. When uncertainty is...

Topics: Trending, Insurance, Home Owners

Is 2020 the Year of the Staycation?

July 01, 2020 by First Federal Bank

You may have had to cancel or put off a planned trip due to restrictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. And the near-term future of travel is very uncertain. But there is no reason you can’t enjoy a much-needed vacation. Have you considered taking a staycation? After weeks of parents working from home, with kids engaged in...

Topics: Trending, Saving Money, Home Owners, COVID-19, Community, Think Local

Do Bathroom Remodels Increase Home Value?

June 28, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Deciding what home improvement projects to invest in can be tricky. You don’t want to pour money into a renovation or remodel that won’t pay off when you go to sell. If you’re eager to increase your home’s value, consider starting in a small, but essential part of your home — your bathroom.“On average, homeowners spend just over $20,000 on a...

Topics: Home Owners, Home Improvements

Adorable Nursery Decorating Ideas

June 15, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Whether you’re adopting or giving birth, preparing the perfect room for your upcoming addition is a great way to celebrate the occasion. Here are nine decor tips to create a welcoming space for your baby. Create a book display on the wallAdd some color to the walls while providing a place to store your newborn’s first reading materials. Try...

Topics: Kids, Home Owners, Home Improvements

Creative Ways to Get Kids to Clean

June 01, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Cleaning chores aren’t fun for anyone, especially kids. If you want your kids to complete their cleaning to-do list without complaining, implement the creative tips below into their routines.Let the music playMusic is a wonderful motivator. Whether your kids whistle why they work, blare their favorite pop songs or sing along to their favorite...

Topics: Kids, Home Owners

Creative Uses for Your Attic

April 27, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Wish you could use your attic space for something other than storage? Here are eight alternative uses for this area of your home:Master bedroomTry transforming an attic into a master suite, especially if the original master room your house has is a bit cramped. Think of a room with a natural color scheme and exposed beams. Muted green...

Topics: Home Owners, Home Improvements