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Creating a “work away from work” space at home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some companies have requested their employees work remotely. While 43% of U.S. employees already work from home occasionally, everyday remote working may be a drastic shift for some employees, especially those not used to producing away from the office. So we have a few ti...
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Quick TIPS: 8 steps to protect your smart home from hackers

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Where thieves used to pick your front door lock (and some still do), hackers are now making their way into your home via your smart technology. In fact, hackers are now targeting the most innocuous smart devices, like your lights and programmable thermostat. So how do you protect yourself from a smart home hack? We've got a few quick tips.   1...
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What you need to know to join the smart home revolution

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Reading time: 5 minutes From video doorbells to lights to refrigerators, the smart home revolution is underway! According to the National Council of Home Safety and Security , more than 47% of Millennial homeowners have smart devices in their homes, and an incredible 81% of home buyers say they'd be more apt to buy a home with smart tech devic...
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Quick TIPS: Spring cleaning safety tips for home

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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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7 Retro items no longer in your home + safety tips for your modern abode

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National Retro Day is today, 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 groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing machines became a favorite...
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Quick TIPS: Spring maintenance tips you can’t ignore

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is here, so it's time to get your home ready for the season of April showers, May flowers, and the start of summer heat. We've got 10 essential spring home maintenance tasks you must do before you kick back with some soda, pretzels, and beer. How do I prepare my house for spring? Clean your windows and ...
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The ultimate way to prevent catastrophic water damage while you’re on winter vacay

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Reading time: 5 minutes It's that time of the winter again. Halfway between the holidays and spring, you want to take a mid-winter break, but what happens to your house while you're away? Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can have a devastating effect on a home without proper preparation. Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc...
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No cold water in your faucet? Here’s how to save it

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Baby, it's cold outside, and unfortunately, your kitchen sink is along an outside wall. After a few days of below-freezing temperatures, the cold water is no longer flowing through your faucet. What do you do? We spoke with Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc . to find out how to save your pipes and prevent costly, life-disrupt...
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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 that you can show love for y...
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Winter survival tips for your roof – expert edition

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​From the rough weather to the frigid temps, winter can do a number on your roof. That's why we reached out to Novalis Roofing & Siding , which has served Northern New Jersey homeowners for more than 80 years. Owner Jonathan Novalis gave us expert insight to combat the major roofing problems of the season and important tips to keep your home's ...
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6 Safety tips for using space heaters (and keeping your home standing)

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Though Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, the U.S. Fire Administration lists February as one of the worst months for home heating fires. If we're lucky, we can turn down our heating systems in just a few weeks, but if Phil happens to be wrong, you might be using that space heater a bit longer. Unfortunately, the National Fire Pre...
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All you need to know about the Money Meter

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Think about your car for a moment. (We're calling it "Clive.") Clive's monetary value depreciates as you wrack up those miles, but the more you take care of Clive, the more miles Clive will go. However, if Clive has visible signs of damage (like the blue paint on his fender from that pole you grazed), then the less monetary value Clive will have. (...
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QUICK TIPS: Taking care of well water woes

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Properly constructed wells and private water supply systems do not need an excessive amount of maintenance, but the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends that you schedule a well water check-up annually to ensure the safety of your water and to monitor for contaminants.  But what do you do if something just isn't right with ...
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Outsmart the invisible killer

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​Imagine Dragons have it right in their song "Radioactive." When they sing, "I'm breathing in the chemicals," they aren't kidding. Radon is, in fact, radioactive, and in honor of National Radon Action Month (yes, that is a thing, and yes, we have no doubt you're googling it right now), we at vipHomeLink decided to tell you how to avoid becoming rad...
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Quick TIPS: Warning signs of a gas leak in your fireplace

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Nothing warms you up on a cold winter's night quite like a fireplace. Though gas fireplaces have become safer in the last 20 years with shut-off devices and oxygen depletion sensors, homeowners still need to practice safety procedures, but when they should be worried? We spoke with Paul Pirro from PSE&G's Appliance Service to learn the signs th...
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5 burning questions (and answers!) about gas fireplaces

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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 fire, we spoke with Paul Pirro...
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Quick TIPS: Top tips for keeping your toddler safe at home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Toddlers are naturally curious and have a supreme knack for finding things that can put them in danger. Make sure your home is safe for their exploration with these quick tips.   (Looking for safety tips for newborns? Check out our "Infant safety checklist - nursery edition" now!) Secure empty electrical outlets​  ...
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10 Things to do the first year after buying a home

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​Moving into a new home is exciting, but what do you do first? We spoke to recent home buyers regarding immediate safety precautions homeowners need to take after buying a home, but what other projects deserve to be at the top of your to-do list that first year? We have a few practical suggestions. 1. Got tools? ​   Even if you are not Bo...
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Quick TIPS: Immediate steps after you get the keys to your new home

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You just bought a home, and your realtor handed you the keys. Congratulations, but you've got some work to do. What are the immediate steps you need to take to make sure the house is all yours? We asked homeowners Annie and Benjamin , who moved into their new home last year, to give us their quick tips.   Immediate new-to-you home maintenance ...
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In deep water: Preventing water damage in your home

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When the Polar Vortex attacks without mercy, à la  The Day After Tomorrow , a swift but harsh cold front can cause a drastic change in temperature and major problems for your home – icicles running down your walls, lumpy carpets, and mold, to name a few. If your home's pipes burst, you will need to take immediate steps to stop the leakage and ...
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