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10 Ways to Save Gas, Electricity and Money from PSE&G

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How do you make your home more comfortable, avoid pollution linked to global warming, and lower your monthly energy bill all at once? The answers are in nearly every room of your house. That's where you'll find appliances and fixtures that could be wasting energy, and money. Many home appliances run on natural gas, and even those that don't may use...
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Mortgage Market Monitor Q2 2021 - Current Mortgage Trends

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Reading: 2 minutes While the intense real estate market has created new challenges for buyers and sellers, it also has revealed new opportunities for current homeowners and their mortgages. Sam Sharp, Executive Vice President of Guaranteed Rate, shared with us his insight into the current mortgage and refinancing trends in this edition of the Mortg...
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Upgrading Your Home Lighting? Here’s Why You Should Choose LEDs

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Home lighting is extremely important, especially if you're now working from home. Light bulbs that emit blue light waves create serotonin, which can make you more alert. These bulbs are generally a bright white color. Bulbs that produce a soft, warm white produce melatonin, which can relax you after a long day at the home ...
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Top Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Rocks DIY

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  ​ Your mom does it all – including cleaning the gutters, installing a new ceiling fan, and replacing the air filters in the HVAC unit every three months. But it could be a little easier for your do-it-yourself mom with the right tools, equipment, and help. This May, give your mom the tools she needs to rock all her h...
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Why Does My Ice Maker Keep Freezing Up – and Other Important Questions Answered

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As summer is right around the bend, you'll want to make sure that your ice maker is in prime condition – for drinks, for cooling off, or for keeping food cold. That's why we put together this blog to address some common problems with ice makers and help you prevent them with some quick maintenance tips! What causes an ice maker to freeze up?  ...
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The Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist You Must Check Off

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Reading time:4 minutes Despite spring taking so long to get here, the blustering hot days of summer will be here before you know it. Unfortunately, it may take a while for your HVAC maintenance professional to complete the annual spring maintenance to your unit, so here at vipHomeLink, we want to help you stay cool. Check out this sh...
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Safety Checks for Your Deck & Maintenance Tips You Need Before Summer

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​ Reading time: 4.5 minutes One of the quintessential summer events is entertaining and just enjoying the outside relaxing and grilling on a deck, so as warmer weather arrives, it's important to make sure your structure is ready for some summer fun. We spoke with Joel Boyer of Unique Deck Builders to learn spring deck maintenance and safety tips! J...
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4 Things to Do to Score a Home Now & the One Thing You Absolutely Shouldn't

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​ If you're like me and love skimming real estate listings, then you know the real estate market has been rough. Prices are up; inventory is historically low as are interest rates. If you're looking to upsize your living accommodations, then you're in for a bit of a bidding war. vipHomeLInk, the leading home management app for homeowners, is here t...
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Quick TIPS: Spring Cleaning 2021 Safety Tips

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is here, which means soon you'll be going all Marie Kondo on your home. But before you start your spring cleanup, we have a few quick tips that'll keep all your cleaning from going to waste and keep your family healthy year-round.   Spring cleaning "cleaning" tips   Use (several) microfiber cloths (they're c...
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15 Spring Home Tips for 2021

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​ Spring brings showers, flowers, and home maintenance tasks. Before summer's harsh storms and heat roll in, get your home ready with these easy home maintenance tips! Having trouble keeping track of home maintenance? Download the vipHomeLink app now from Google Play and the App Store to get personalized reminders for simple home maintenance tasks ...
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Brains & Brilliance: Women Inventors Who Revolutionized Our Homes

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Reading time: 5 minutes​ When you think about your home, it might be hard to imagine it without some of the most essential items – the electric refrigerator, your dishwasher, even your coffee filter. What you may not know is that many of these items were invented by women. In honor of Women's History Month, here's a list of women inventors who fund...
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The Home Maintenance Plan to Never Know You Needed (But You Totally Do)

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​Reading time: 5 minutes ​ Buying a home is both a financial and time investment. There's a litany of home repairs and maintenance you need to complete to keep your home functioning and to avoid costly claims, like fires and floods. Since it's difficult to know what to do and when to do it around the home, we put together this quick and easy home m...
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What You Need to Know Before Falling in Love with a House

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​Reading time: 3 minutes  You have a new job. You have a new baby. Maybe you just don't like your current abode. Whatever the reason, you're going house hunting this year. But what are the things you need to consider? We've got your must-have advice on buying a home since we've been there and done that ourselves. Where do you want to move? &nb...
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How to Avoid Mistakes When Purchasing Homeowners Insurance for Two Homes

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Reading time: 5 minutes ​ Who doesn't love the idea of a cabin in the woods for a snowy holiday or a place down at the shore for the summer? A seasonal or vacation home is one of life's amazing benefits, but insuring it properly can be a challenge. We reached out to Katie Unruh Vang of Unruh Insurance Agency , who has been part of the insurance ind...
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7 Retro Items No Longer in Your Home + Safety Tips for Your Modern Abode

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National Retro Day is February 27th, so in honor of yesteryear, we're taking a look back at items that were once in your home or ones that have transformed over the years. We also threw in a few modern tips to keep your home safe and groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing mach...
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Major Appliance Maintenance That Prevents Home Fires and Floods

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Reading time: 4 minutes You only need to be without a refrigerator, oven, or washing machine for a few hours to be reminded how much you rely upon your home appliances. Unfortunately, they break down from time to time, often because of lack of home maintenance. Simply completing a few DIY home maintenance projects a year can help prolong the l...
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Top 10 Home Improvements That Add Value

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ We know you don't want to just maintain your home. You also want to add value to it. After all, your home is the place you live, sleep, and perhaps work – and it's also your greatest investment. To help you make the most of your home efforts, here are the best home improvements to increase the value of your house, ranked b...
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Top 10 Title Insurance Questions You Want to Ask But Never Have And Absolutely Should

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ You picked your dream house. Your offer has been accepted and a home inspection completed. Now your attorney contacts the title insurance agency. You might be wondering, "Do I need title insurance?" "Besides life insurance, it's the one insurance you will buy that you hope you never have to use," says Mike Carella, Founder...
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14 Insanely Easy Ways to Show Your Home Some Love

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Let's be honest. There's almost as many love songs about your home as your significant other. From the New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen to country superstar Shaina Twain, people just love singing about where they hang their hat, but how much do they actually take care of it? This Valentine's Day, we have 14 ways you can show love for y...
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Save Your Toilet, Save the Planet: Water Efficiency Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  As Captain Planet informed us, our water supply is not infinite. In fact, 97.5 percent of all of Earth's water is saltwater, and 2 percent of the Earth's freshwater supply is trapped in the ice caps and glaciers (though perhaps not for long). That means extraordinarily little water is potable. As if that's not enough m...
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