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Your Home’s Holiday Wish List: Kitchen Edition

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Your home has been good this year, so reward it (and yourself) with these holiday home gifts ideas to upgrade and modernize your kitchen.   Is your multitasking kitchen ready for an upgrade? Here at vipHomeLink, we're moving towards "smart" appliances or ones that have multiple uses. The heart of the home needs to be a welcoming space for ever...
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Your Home’s Holiday Wish List: Living Room Edition

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Make your living area modern and cozy this season with these holiday home gift ideas for your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping excursion.   First impressions can be lasting impressions. When your family arrives at your home this holiday season, welcome them into a cozy and modern living area where they'll want to spend all their time (a b...
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Your Home's Holiday Wish List: Bedroom Blog

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Relaxation reigns in the bedroom, so this holiday season, gift your private space these modern and tranquil comforts for ultimate convenience. If you're hosting the family this holiday, you'll need your private space to recharge after a long day of festivities. Whether you're seeking a hands-free way to turn on your TV or an instant soothing s...
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Your Home’s Holiday Wish List: Tech Edition

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Deck your halls with tech this season! We've got holiday home gift ideas that will not only lower your bills but also your stress level.  Whether your home is a recent new build or has been around for quite some time, there's always a new piece of tech to help upgrade your life. This holiday season, we've compiled a list of smart presents that...
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Bought a New Home? Here's the 10 Things You Need to Know

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Reading time: 4 minutes  At vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating our homes and the people within them. So in honor of New Homeowners Day (May 1st), we put together the top things new homeowners need to know when moving into their new abode. #1 – Smoke alarms have expiration dates  If your "new" home is an older dwelling, you most like...
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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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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 rece...
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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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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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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 m...
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Everything You Need to Know about Dryer Vent Cleaning

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your dryer is more dangerous than it looks. Each year, more than 2,900 clothes dryer fires lead to an average of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and more than $35 million in property loss. As if the fear of a home fire wasn't enough, a dirty dryer vent can increase your gas or electricity costs and damage your dryer's heating elemen...
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Major Appliance Maintenance That Prevents Home Fires and Floods

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Reading time: 4 minutes You only need to be without a refrigerator, oven, or washing machine for a few hours to be reminded how much you rely upon your home appliances. Unfortunately, they break down from time to time, often because of lack of home maintenance. Simply completing a few DIY home maintenance projects a year can help prolong the l...
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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 February 27th, 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 safe and groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing mach...
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The Home Maintenance Plan to Never Know You Needed (But You Totally Do)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Buying a home is both a financial and time investment. There's a litany of home repairs and maintenance you need to complete to keep your home functioning and to avoid costly claims, like fires and floods. Since it's difficult to know what to do and when to do it around the home, we put together this quick and easy home main...
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Why Does My Ice Maker Keep Freezing Up – and Other Important Questions Answered

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As summer is right around the bend, you'll want to make sure that your ice maker is in prime condition – for drinks, for cooling off, or for keeping food cold. That's why we put together this blog to address some common problems with ice makers and help you prevent them with some quick maintenance tips! What causes an ice maker to freeze up?  ...
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7 Common Dishwasher Problems That Are Super Easy to Fix (If You Know How)

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Reading time: 5 minutes There's almost nothing more annoying than reaching for a plate before dinner and finding it dirty. In fact, there's a whole day dedicated to preventing such a situation – No Dirty Dishes Day (aka May 18th). In honor of this fun holiday, we decided to help you eliminate dirty dishes by tackling seven common dishwasher problem...
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Kick The Summer Off Right with These 10 Grilling Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  The unofficial start of summer has arrived! 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 av...
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Super Quick Guide to Replacing Your Household Appliances

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your home is similar to the ship of Theseus. You're going to replace many of your home's appliances and structures during your time there, especially if you live in a home for more than a decade. (The current median duration in a home is 13 years.) Of course, any ship – or home – needs to be safe for its mates, so we put tog...
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Turkey Prep Tips from Top Chefs

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Thanksgiving is both delicious and dangerous, so we've found tips and tricks to help you cook your Thanksgiving bird to scrumptious perfection safely. Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year. There's food and drink, then even more food and more drink, and just when you think you're full, you somehow find room for pie. But Thanksgiving can ...
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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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