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How’s it shaking: How to make your home earthquake safe

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes You probably like to keep your feet on solid ground, but in some parts of the US, that is an issue . Recent studies found California has a heightened risk for the next big earthquake, meaning more than 3 million homes could be damaged as a result. If you've been putting off making your earthquake kit and securing your home...
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Summer lawn care tips: How to keep your lawn green

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Reading time: 3 minutes The summer can be harsh on your skin and your lawn. A few sweltering days can leave your lawn with an unfortunate case of sunburn. If your lawn is quickly losing its green color, now's the time to save it! Check out these tips for taking care of your lawn in the summer heat, and you might just find yourself enjoying a lush, ...
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Super cool home pest control tips from an expert

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​Reading time: 4.5 minutes  Ticks, bedbugs and squirrels – oh, my! And those are just three of the pests that look for a way inside your home. To find out how to protect your abode, we reached out to Glen Ramsey, Senior Technical Services Manager and board-certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control . Glen earned a bachelor's and master's de...
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DIY home projects you should leave to the professionals

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Reading time: 3 minutes  Google may be your best friend when it comes to research, but it may also be your worst enemy. While it may not matter how many seasons Stranger Things has in everyday life, erroneous information about your home can be a matter of life or death when it comes to DIY projects. If you rewire your outlet incorrectly or fai...
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10 Homeowners insurance tips the pros want you to know

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Reading time: 5 minutes  ​ Owning a home is a grand adventure. Some days, you fix the house. Some days, the house destroys your bank account with flood damage. However, you can save your home – and your wallet – with the help of homeowners insurance. Insurance can be complex, but having the right coverage, agent, and carrier can help you navig...
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The ins and outs of home warranties and why you need one

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Reading time: 4 minutes A few days before Christmas, your furnace gives out. You're hosting the winter festivities this year, and it's freezing temperatures outside. Without heat, it'll soon be freezing inside as well. What do you do? If you're like our Digital Content Manager Susie, you jump onto your home warranty website and place a request for ...
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Amazing home interior design ideas from a design guru

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Reading time : 6 minutes Looking to update your home or give your new home a personal touch? We know you want to make it aesthetically pleasing as well as add value. That's why Hosts Caroline and Jacqueline welcomed Interior Design Extraordinaire Laurie Smith from the legendary TLC show Trading Spaces to the vipHome Podcast to help inspire interior...
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Everyday energy saving tips for your home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  From Wi-Fi routers to dishwashers to treadmills – energy use at home has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. While ENERGY STAR-rated appliances help to conserve energy, the largest hurdle for homeowners to overcome is changing their energy behaviors. To help you learn ways to reduce energy consumption (and lower your...
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Swimming pool care tips you might not know (but you should)

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​ No school? Time to get in the pool! But there are few maintenance techniques and developments in the pool industry (dare we say - "smart pools") that can help you take better care of your backyard oasis. That's why Host (and vipHomeLink Founder and CEO) Alfred Bentley recently welcomed Jeremy Johnson from America's Swimming Pool Company of the Gr...
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DIY home electrical safety tips for new homeowners

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Electricity pervades our lives. From your cell phone to your TV to your porch light, you might not realize how much you depend upon electricity until a blackout. For new homeowners, there's even a steeper learning curve when it comes to electrical safety at home. That's why Caroline and Jacqueline recently welcomed Brett B...
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Power up your energy-saving home ideas

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Reading time : 6 minutes  Many millennial homeowners struggle with home maintenance costs . An easy way to save money - and help the environment - is to make your home more energy efficient. To help you find ways to increase your home's energy efficiency (and lower your bills), Caroline and Jeff welcomed Megan Turner and Pete Seyfer of Alliant...
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Why dialing 811 before you dig is not optional

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Reading time: 3 minutes  While replacing a mailbox post or starting a garden may seem like innocuous tasks, they can lead to incredible danger. "I remembered seeing a news story about a DIYer who hit a natural gas line," says vipHomeLink Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley, "and I never wanted that to be me!" When Alfred wanted to dig up tree stump...
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Shopping for a home? Know the mortgage preapproval process

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Buying a home has so many steps. We've demystified the process , provided financial tips 101 , and helped get your dream home inspected . But what about the mortgage preapproval process? Since vipHome Podcast Host Caroline and her fiancé, Thomas, are shopping for a home, we welcomed Rebecca Donatelli of McDowell Homes Real...
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June 2020 Mortgage Matters: Should you refinance right now?

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Reading time: 2 minutes Hopping into the home market is never easy, especially during the recent economic events. (But our summer intern is a finance major, which is an incredible help!) Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates have steadily fallen since 1990 from 10.5% to 3.3% in 2020, and that tailwind undoubtedly helps to increase home values by making ...
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Moving? Packing tips and tricks from a professional organizer

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​ Reading time: 5 minutes When you're moving into your dream home, you're already stressed. You have the home inspection, any final negotiations, and the closing, not to mention your daily work and then packing. Once you do move in, then you have to unpack. That's where Ashley Ingraham of Home Perspective LLC comes in. Ashley helps homeowners organ...
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5 Gift ideas for the father who helps maintain the home

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Father's Day is rapidly approaching this year! With only a few days left to find some gifts for Dad, we at vipHomeLink wanted to provide some insight and ideas for celebrating with your fathers this weekend. Every dad loves having a presentable (and well-maintained) house, so here are five gift ideas that Dad will love that will help...
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How to replace the water fill valve in your toilet

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes One of the most frightening noises in your bathroom is the sound of your toilet not filling properly. Depending upon your comfort level with diy projects, you might decide to call a plumber, but here at vipHomeLink , we believe you can fix this issue. First, we're going to tell you how to clean the valve, and if that ...
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Trust your nose: How to check your gas grill for a leak

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Reading time: 3 minutes Natural gas is an efficient, convenient, and money-saving energy source used in many homes. However, it's highly flammable, and every so often, you'll see a news story where a natural gas leak led to a home explosion. Here at vipHomeLink , we're all about preventing the preventable, and our Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley rec...
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What you need to know about home inspections from a master inspector

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Reading time: 6 minutes  You've found your dream home. It's in the neighborhood you wanted and has that open-concept kitchen you can't seem to forget. You can't wait to close and move in, but before you do that, you need to know more about the home. That's where a home inspection can help. We recently welcomed Alan Grubb, a Certified Master In...
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How to replace a humidifier filter in 9 super easy steps

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A staple in southern states to regulate humidity levels, humidifiers add moisture to your home during winter and help to slow mold growth during the summer. They also keep your home air fresh and allergen free, but that requires you to replace the unit's air filter (a.k.a. water panel or evaporator pad) frequently. Recently, vipHomeLink's VP of Eco...
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