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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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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  Summer 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 annually, and on average, more than 19,000 peop...
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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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