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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 device...
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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 Your Pipes

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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-disrupti...
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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 t...
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6 Safety Tips for Using Space Heaters (and Keeping Your Home Standing)

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Reading time: 3 minutes Space heaters can keep your toes warm, but they can put your home in danger. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association found space heaters are the leading cause of home fires when heating equipment is the culprit. "When you start to get into the colder months, we always want to tell people to really be mindful a...
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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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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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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​  P...
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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 Bob ...
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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 be...
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Get Your Home into Shape in 3 Simple Steps

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When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors? Made sure you have GFCI outlets installed where they are required? Replaced the hose to your washer? (And it's a braided metal hose, right? Not rubber?) There is a lot to track inside your home, and vipHomeLink can help. Enter the Home Fitness Index (HFI). The HFI tells you how "in shape" you...
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Home Resolutions 2020: Expert Edition

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Every year, you know your gutters will need to be cleaned out. You have to rake and mow the lawn, and every once and awhile, you need to apply a fresh coat of paint somewhere. But do you know what maintenance items you are missing? We asked Home Improvement Contractor Matt Van Cleve to give us his professional insight into essential maint...
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Top New Year’s Resolutions – Homeowner(s) Edition

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This year, more and more people are resolving to be healthier in 2020. Why not make the same promise to your house? We asked homeowners to tell us their 2020 home resolutions, and their answers may surprise you.  Home Resolution #1 – A DIY redesign​ The house was built around 1910 and has a central staircase with two rooms up, two rooms down, ...
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2020 Homeowner Resolutions: Making Your Home Smart(er)

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Not all homes are built smart. In some homes, you can't turn your TV on by voice command. You manually need to flip on your lights, and you might just have to keep track of your refrigerator's dirty filter. Get out of the Dark Ages of Appliances and step into a better way to "home." Make your home a smart home in 2020 with the help of this five-min...
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Behind-the-Scenes at the Castle with vipHomeLink and Make-A-Wish

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​This holiday season, vipHomeLink is partnering with Make-A-Wish® to help fund more wishes for children with critical illnesses. From now through the end of this year, 100% of revenue associated with new annual vipHomeLink app sign-ups will be donated directly to Make-A-Wish.  To document this partnership, our production team headed to Mo...
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Home Hacks You Won’t Believe You’ve Lived Without Knowing

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Reading time: 3 minutes Maintaining a home can be hard. Between cleaning the appliances and mowing the lawn, you have a lot on your plate, and then of course, you break a light bulb in the socket. (We've all had that day.) Easily fix your bulb situation with a "home hack," or a home improvement or maintenance tip that are easy to do. Case in p...
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Top Winter Pest Control Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  We've all been there—woken up in the middle of the night with scampering across the floor or scratching in your walls. Mice, rats, and even squirrels can make their way inside your warm home, on top of the usual insects and spiders. Rather than evicting your unwanted visitors this holiday season, prevent them from ever...
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