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A quick guide to mortgage, refinancing, and COVID-19

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When the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to zero percent, mortgage lenders were inundated with refinancing requests. We immediately reached out to Don Anfuso, vice president of Homeland Lending, LLC, to find out what you need to know about mortgages, COVID-19, and what is involved with refinancing. Is it worth it to refinance?   ​ When ...
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How to fix the 5 most common plumbing emergencies

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Reading time: 4 minutes  During a pandemic, a clogged kitchen drain can mean washing dishes in the tub for a couple of weeks. An overflowing toilet can mean only one working bathroom in the house (causing a health hazard ), and what happens if a pipe breaks? Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is? Our team pulled the following adv...
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Decluttering? Here’s how to get rid of your filing cabinet

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Reading time: 3 minutes  If you're currently working from home and practicing social distancing, you might notice your home is a bit more cluttered than usual. You might even wonder why you still have your filing cabinet. It takes up space in your home office, if you have one, and your bedroom or closet if you don't. Here at vipHomeLink, we wa...
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Tips to decluttering your home from a personal organizer

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Reading time: 5 minutes  Now that you're working from home or at least chilling there more than usual, you might have noticed that your bedroom has too many sweaters or your bathroom closet doesn't fit all your facial products. We spoke to Betsy Marsala of NEAT Method , a luxury home organizing company, to find out the tips and secrets you nee...
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Is your home the right size for your family?

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Reading time: 5 minutes  Now that you're spending more time in your home, you may notice things you didn't before. You almost never open that closet. You can't find the right pan for stir fry, or you can hear your fiancé's conference call from three rooms over. And then you realize – the home you thought was your dream house might, in fact, be...
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Quick TIPS: How to stay connected when social distancing

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We're not going to lie. St. Patrick's Day was hard this year. Our Founder Alfred Bentley found it eerie (but necessary) to practice social distancing and not be with his usual friends and family over the holiday. Hence, this party –  "While we were all online, I asked, 'Hey. Why don't we get on a video call?'" Alfred recounted for us the ...
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The after-hours home maintenance checklist

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Reading time: 4 minutes With bars and restaurants closed and national sports cancelled, what do you do during the evenings and on weekends after you've logged off work? After you've watched Frozen 2 for the twelfth time, we have a few suggestions that can make your home safer and more valuable as well as provide a little fun for you and your f...
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How to keep your home healthy from coronavirus

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Reading time: 4 minutes At vipHomeLink, our mission is to help improve the safety of your home, so we reached out to Dr. Suzanne Bentley, Medical Director of the Elmhurst Satellite Simulation Center at Mount Sinai, to get answers to important questions you may have about the spread of coronavirus and what steps you can take to keep your home&n...
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First time homebuyers: What to look for to score home gold

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Reading time: 3 minutes St. Patrick's Day is here, and we're spreading some good luck by helping you find some "home gold" during your home buying search. We spoke with real estate agent Eric Godoy of RE/MAX Premier in Warren, New Jersey, to find what first time buyers should look for in a home, and he offered this advice: "Commonly the way you kno...
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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 right around the corner, 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) microfibe...
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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 almost 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 an...
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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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Quick TIPS: No cold water in your faucet? Here’s what you need to do (before it’s too late)

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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 & Sliding , 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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5 Tips for keeping your space heater in line (and your home still 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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