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Your first home and your wallet: Financial tips for first-time home buyers

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Reading time: 5 minutes Buying your first home can be a confusing and frustrating journey, but it doesn't have to be. We recently spoke to Century 21 New Millennium to demystify the home buying process , but what about the financials of the transaction? Do you really need that coveted 20% for a down payment, and should you buy a starter home? In ho...
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The 2020 hurricane preparedness checklist

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Hurricane season has arrived. In fact, it came early this year with our first named storm passing by the East Coast in mid-May. So it's no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that this year could be "extremely active," with a 60% chance of an above-normal hurricane season. That means you can expect power o...
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Pool Maintenance 101: How to have a swimming good time this summer

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes In the summer, your swimming pool is one of the most popular areas of your home, but it's not all sunshine and pool noodles. Pool regular maintenance is necessary on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis to keep the structure and swimmers healthy. Before you dive into your backyard oasis, get your pool ready for sum...
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7 Awesome backyard upgrades that will totally make your summer

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Summer is right around the bend, but is your home ready? We've already dug into the ins and outs of gardening for curb appeal , so now might be the time to show your backyard some TLC. Here's seven backyard improvements that add value to your home and enjoyment to your life. #1 - Make a place to chill - a deck or patio You...
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Kick the summer off right with these 10 grilling safety tips

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, is here! That means it's time to fire up the grill and devour those burgers and kebobs you've been craving all winter. Of course, it's not quite that simple. The National Fire Protection Association reports that approximately 9,600 home fires are caused by grills ...
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7 Incredibly important electrical safety precautions at home

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It's National Electrical Safety Month, so we thought it would be a bright idea to give you a few electrical safety tips for your home. After all, we don't want you to be left in the dark when you have the power to control your home's electrical systems. (That's not the last pun. We promise.)  Tip #1: Watch your power cords ​   Electr...
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The best “selling” home improvements (and the ones you should skip)

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Reading time: 4 minutes In our recent study with Kelton Global , 15 million American homeowners are taking this time to complete home renovations. While we always love a good home improvement project, we recently hosted a realtor roundtable and asked our panelists which projects they recommended potential sellers complete before putting their homes...
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5 Tips to save your home from severe summer storms

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes  It's not everyday your Zoom call gets interrupted with, "Hey, everyone. I have to log off and head down to my basement. There's a tornado not too far from here." That happened recently during one of our team's conference calls, so it occurred to us that perhaps it's time to put together some storm preparation ti...
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[Infographic] Social Distancing To-Do List – Home Improvement Projects During the Pandemic

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Reading time: 5 minutes  We know you love your home – or at least, you live there. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all American homeowners are planning to give their homes more TLC. A survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of us (vipHomeLink) revealed how homeowners are tackling home maintenance or improvement projects duri...
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Answered: FAQs about pet safety at home

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Reading time: 6 minutes  When vipHome Podcast Host Caroline Brenneis brought home Zoey, her mini-Australian Labradoodle puppy, she wanted to make sure her new furbaby stayed safe. But whether you're getting your first – or fifth! – pet, it's important to know the tips and tricks to keeping your pet safe when you're home or at work. That's why ...
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Millennials: 5 Tips you need to know to get your dream home

Millennials: 5 Tips you need to know to get your dream home
Reading time: 6 minutes  While we're still seeing how the current pandemic affects the housing market, an earlier TD Bank survey found that 68% of millennials thought 2020 was the time to buy their first home. Unfortunately, 75% admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the buying process. To demystify the homebuying experience and help millennials g...
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Bought a new home? Here's the 10 things you need to know

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes  ​ At vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating our homes and the people within them. So in honor of New Homeowners Day (May 1st), we put together the top things new homeowners need to know when moving into their new abode. #1 – Smoke alarms have expiration dates ​   If your "new" home is an older dwelling, you mo...
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15 Things new homeowners totally need (and some they actually want)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Housewarming gifts help a new house feel like a home. This is especially important when it comes to a first home, but what do your friends or family actually need? Sure, a candle or a bottle wine is a great gift, but is it something that they'll use to maintain or improve the home? Check out this list of the best gifts for n...
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3 Insanely easy ways to save energy at home

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  We love Earth. After all, it is our home – and at vipHomeLink, we have a "thing" about homes. (Some people call it an obsession. We like to call it a "healthy fascination.") We know you want to help Mother Earth be healthy, possibly by driving an electric vehicle. While we applaud you, you can double your efforts on ...
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Designing the ultimate home therapy garden

Designing the ultimate home therapy garden
Reading time: 3 minutes  Mother Nature is a kind mistress who provides many healing elements through the senses. From the soothing colors of certain plants to the strong fragrance of flowers, many people find comfort in tending to a therapy garden. As you stay the CDC-recommended distance away from your neighbors (and strangers), taking part i...
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Do’s and don’ts when starting a home garden

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes Happy spring! This is the time of April showers, which bring May flowers (or in my case, a wet basement). But as you stay inside to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be wondering, "How do I start gardening at home?" Hosts Caroline and Jeff welcomed Erik Maietta of Country Mile Garden on a recent episode of the vip...
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Introducing the vipHome Podcast

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Have a homeowner horror story? You're not alone! Here at vipHomeLink, the crew has seen our share of flooded basements, broken pipes, bats in the attic, and electrical surges. Our mission is to "prevent the preventable," which is why we want to share our stories to stop similar disasters from occurring in your house. Introducing the vipHome Po...
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Fire safety tips you need to follow right now

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Fire safety is always paramount, but now that you're spending a bit more time inside your home, it's imperative that you follow the proper fire safety procedures to make sure you and your family stay safe. Since we strive to "prevent the preventable" here at vipHomeLink, we reached out to Susan McKelvey of the National Fire Prevention Association (...
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The spring HVAC maintenance checklist you must check off

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Even though March and April moved at a snail's pace, 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 with the current stay-at-home orders. So here at vipHomeLink , we want to help you stay cool while yo...
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How to tackle the 5 most common electrical hazards at home

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Reading time: 4 minutes When staying at home during a pandemic, you might be having more issues with your electricity. This can be a major problem in terms of home safety as well as an interrupted workday. (You can't be on a video conference call without electricity or Wi-Fi.) That's why our team pulled the following advice from our member-exclusiv...
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