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Winter Is Coming: 10 Ways to Cut Your Utility Bill

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​Winter is coming...and with it comes higher energy bills. Not only can this put a strain on the environment, but it can also put a lot of pressure on your wallet. Keep more money in your bank account and keep your house (almost) as warm as summertime while reducing the energy you consume with a few quick and easy home ...
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Homeowners Insurance Claims Process FAQs

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Reading time: 7 minutes ​Here at vipHomeLink, we're always looking for ways to simplify your homeownership experience. As one in 20 homes typically has an insurance claim annually, we decided it was best to break down the homeowners insurance claims process, so you're prepared in the event you need to submit one. We spoke with Denise Click, Persona...
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Winter Weekend To-Do Checklist

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​A winter wonderland might be fun and beautiful, but it can do a number on your home. That's why we put together this winter home maintenance all-in-one guide that you can check off in one weekend to save your home from winter's wrath! Outdoor winter maintenance​  Ah, the Great Outdoors! They can cause a lot of trouble for your property (and i...
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How Homeowners Insurance Is Now Smarter Than Ever!

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Reading time: 6 minutes ​Between apps, emails, and fitness bracelets, many aspects of our lives have gone digital. So it only makes sense that insurance evolves to a digital-first approach – not just in billing and claims but also in its mission and purpose. That's why we welcomed Mark Coons, CEO of Savvi Insurance Group to the vipHome Podcast. Mar...
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‘Tis the Season to Secure Your Home from Burglars and Porch Pirates

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  It's the holiday season, which means it's prime time for burglaries and package theft. In fact, a CNN study found that burglaries jump the week of Christmas, but even the everyday burglary stats are not jolly. In fact, according to the FBI – There are 1.2 million burglaries in 2018. A burglary happens every 25.7 seco...
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Something Old, Something Blue, Something Cold, Something New: Preventing Freezing Pipes & Other Winter Claims

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Reading time: 4 minutes Here at vipHomeLink, we work closely with homeowners insurance agencies to help prevent common insurance claims. In almost every interview, we've asked our insurance partners, "What is the most common claim your policyholders submit?" The answer is always, "Frozen pipes."  It's easy to see why. The Insurance Information...
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What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze & Prevention Tips

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What do you do the moment you see water streaking down your walls? We talked to Don Joyner, Founder and President of Great Lakes Waterproofing, to learn immediate steps you need to take to save your home. After your pipes break  Find the main water valve, which is usually in your basement. It's most likely a round or oblong red handle. Tu...
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Top 12 Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5 minutes Before you light those candles or trim that tree, we've got the safety tips you need to keep your home merry, bright, and safe through the new year.  The winter holidays are less than a month away! Before you begin your celebrations (if you haven't already), here are 12 tips you need to know that will keep you and ...
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The Best Gifts for Your Home 2020

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Reading time: 6 minutes  As more people are staying home than ever before, our study with Kelton Global found that 54% of homeowners say the COVID-19 pandemic made them appreciate the safety of their homes even more. So why not be good to your home this holiday season? Give your abode the appreciation it deserves with presents that will keep i...
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Cooking Safety Tips To Know Before Starting Turkey Prep

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Reading time: 3 minutes ​It's not surprising that most home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving, followed closely by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association found that fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires in 2016 alone. Over a 10-year period...
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Snow Problems? Not with These Winter Tips for Homeowners

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​Shoveling, frostbite, missing gloves – snow can be a pain in your winter boot. To your home, it can mean water damage, cracked walkways, and flooded basements. So when you hear winter weather is on the way, avoid dangerous situations with these tips for preparing your house for snow! Clean your gutters  ​Do gutters cause ice dams? No, no...
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15 Holiday Fire Safety Tips That’ll Save Your Feast & Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. In a four-year period from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to over 170,000 cooking fires. That's approximately 470 home cooking fires a day that were reported. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the peak da...
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The Best Weather App for Your Home

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​"Weather impacts our lives and our homes in so many ways," says vipHomeLink Founder + CEO Alfred Bentley. Whether you take an umbrella on your way out of the door or switch that outdoor run to a treadmill workout, is determined by what's happening outside your house. But weather is essential to the inside of your home as well. If the Polar Vortex ...
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11 Home Fire Facts That Will Alarm You

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Reading time: 6 minutes  ​Home fires happen, and a startling number of them can be prevented. We know what you're thinking – "It won't happen to me" – but it happens to approximately 354,400 homes every year. By following a few home fire safety tips, you can lower your home fire risk and help to protect your loved ones. We recently welcomed An...
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5 Burning Questions (and Answers!) About Gas Fireplaces

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Reading time: 6 minutes  Hot cocoa, falling snow, a crackling fire – that's the picture-perfect winter scene, isn't it? You can get it with a push of a button thanks to gas fireplaces, but any time you start a fire in your home, safety should be the highest priority. To learn how to reduce the risk of danger and prevent an unwanted house ...
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The Ins and Outs of Home Warranties & 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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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 naviga...
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354,400 Reasons to Have a Home Inventory & How to Create One

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Close your eyes. Now, can you name every valuable item in your home? Probably not. A report by the National Fire Protection Association estimates an average of 354,400 homes suffer a structure fire each year. While no one expects their home to be involved in a fire, flood, or other natural disaster, it's important to be ready for such an event.&nbs...
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What Do You Do If You See a Spotted Lanternfly?

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​Reading time: 3 minutes If you've been spending more time outdoors this year, you may have noticed a large fly with black-spotted, gray wings. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this insect is not native to America. Originally from Vietnam, China, and India, the spotted lanternfly first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2014 before spreading to the nearby ...
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Watch Now: Real Homeowner Horror Stories

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​If you're a homeowner, then you know how quickly something can go wrong. You returned home from vacation to a flooded basement. Or maybe you found a bear waltzing with your garbage can one evening. Perhaps you're not sure what put a hole in your windscreen, but boy, did it leave a mess in your family room. Homeowner Horror Stories, a segment of th...
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