Top 8 Answers to the Questions You Never Knew to Ask About Home Window Replacement

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Do your windows only have one pane? Maybe the glass is cracked. Or perhaps you just get super cold in the winter from a draft near your picture window. But how do you know when it's time to replace windows, and even if you do, what kind is best for your home? We spoke with Craig Diamond of Diamond Home Service to find out the answers to important h...
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Top Professional Organizing Tips to Improve Your Home's Value and Safety

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Reading time: 5 minutes We like our stuff, don't we? Like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, we sometimes grip our personal belongings and hiss, "My precious." While vipHomeLink is always a no judgement zone, home safety and home organization go hand in hand. If your home is well organized, you may be able to catch problems before they become costly repa...
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Indoor Home Health: How to Make Your Indoor Living Space Healthy

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"Your house – including its indoor environment – is a reflection of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being," says David Young, MPH, and indoor health specialist. While your home isn't quite a living, breathing organism, a house is more than just structure. It needs to be cared for or it will become ill. A home can, in turn, infect the home...
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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 Mon...
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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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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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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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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 to...
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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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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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Testing the Waters: Water Quality in Your Home

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Reading time: 5 minutes Ahhhhh. There's nothing quite as refreshing as a cool drink of water. Unfortunately, with that water, you might be drinking common contaminants, such as lead, arsenic, and nitrate. Before you reach for a sports drink, listen to Aaron Simmons of Automatic Water Conditioning Co. Aaron has been helping homeowners to increase th...
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How to Save Your Home from Hailstorm and Windstorm Damage

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Reading time: 4 minutes Thunder might not only signal an oncoming storm. It might also warn of oncoming insurance claims. Hailstorms, windstorms, and broken pipes are the most common homeowners insurance claims – and the most expensive ones – that Orlando Berryman of Oberryman Insurance Agency has encountered during his 20 years in the insuran...
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Buying or Selling a Home This Fall? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Are you looking to buy a home? How about sell your current place? Since 2020 produced an intense real estate market heading into the fall, we reached out to Daniel Brewer and Sebastien Courret of The Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate group affiliated with Washington Fine Properties. Daniel and Sebastien have e...
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Fall Home Projects 2020: Get Your Maintenance On

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Reading time: 3 minutes Remember how long March was this year? Well, guess what? It's already fall! As more homeowners are improving their homes this year, we wanted to help by giving you the prime fall home improvement ideas for 2020. We reached out to Matt Van Cleve, a home improvement contractor who has been helping homeowners enhance their...
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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 the...
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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 M...
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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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The Match Game: How to Find a Contractor in 8 Easy Steps

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Finding the perfect contractor is a bit like dating. You need to be able to trust the person you're with and even show them where you live. But do they understand you and your home improvement needs? Will they complement your likes and dislikes? Do they share your home vision? You've probably wondered once after a home imp...
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The Home Management App Every Homeowner Needs

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Reading time: 7 minutes No one is born an expert homeowner, and homeownership has only gotten more complicated with an aging home market, more first-time homeowners, and new smart home tech. Keeping up with the Joneses has transformed to "keeping up with home maintenance," which can be extremely difficult to new homeowners. Without proper upke...
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DIY Home Electrical Projects You Can Tackle (and When to Call in the Home Pros)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love a good DIY project? From changing the water valve in the toilet to patching a hole in drywall, you're quite the craftsperson. But there's one type of project you should always approach with the utmost caution: electrical. Electrical home projects can be dangerous, but there are a few you may be able tackle b...
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