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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15 Holiday Fire Safety Tips That’ll Save Your Feast and Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fire and injuries in the United States. In a four-year period from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to over 170,000 cooking fires. That's approximately 470 home cooking fires a day that were reported. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the peak day...
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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 you can show love for y...
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15 Things New Homeowners Totally Need (and Some They Actually Want)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Housewarming gifts help a new house feel like a home. This is especially important when it comes to a first home, but what do your friends or family actually need? Sure, a candle or a bottle wine is a great gift, but is it something that they'll use to maintain or improve the home? Check out this list of the best gifts for n...
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Mold in Your House: How to Banish and Prevent the Gross Green Growth

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes We're all in favor of "going green," but when it comes to mold, you definitely want to prevent green from taking over your home. That's why we reached out to Bill Titus of J.C. Restoration, Inc., who has been specializing in mold remediation for more than four years. Bill helps between 100 and 200 homeowners each year to e...
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Stork Stopping By? You Absolutely Must Read This Baby Proofing House List

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Reading time: 5 minutes Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! This is a wonderful time in your life, but it can also be a scary one. Your baby is coming home to a potentially dangerous environment, so what things can you do to baby proof your house? We reached out to Arvey Levinsohn, owner of A&H Childproofers and a certified member of the...
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8 Amazing Plants That Will Actually Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

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Reading time: 3 minutes A breath of fresh air can be hard to get inside your home. Between volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) that come with furniture, carpeting, and even drywall to the food particles that come with cooking – the indoor air quality of your home may be dangerously unhealthy. Can a few indoor plants help you achieve better air qua...
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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Flying Pests in Your Home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes It's late on a Saturday night, and like the wild and crazy person you are, you're doing laundry. As you head down into your basement, an unidentified flying object soars in front of you. You scream, but then what? We've got your back. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get a bat or a bird out of your house. How to ca...
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Sleep Like a Baby: Infant Safety Checklist Nursery Edition

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Congratulations! You are a soon-to-be mommy or daddy! We know what you're thinking, "How can I keep my baby safe at home?" Well, you've come to the right place. In honor of Baby Safety Month, sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), we've put together these quick tips to address safety concerns for infants at home. Start...
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Unfortunate Labor Day Cooking Mishaps That Can Ruin Your BBQ

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Reading time: 4 minutes  Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, and if you're a summer griller, then this is your last hurrah of the season. Unfortunately, it's also prime time for cooking mishaps. Enjoy the remaining lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer by avoiding these common cooking and/or grilling mishaps that can land you or some...
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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  Pl...
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What's in Your Home? Our Super Quick Guide to Insulation and R-Value Meaning

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No one likes cold toes, but heating your home can be a challenge with outdated insulation, air leaks, and subpar energy-efficient materials. The best thing you can for your home and your toes is to tackle any issues with your insulation, so let's dig into what you need to know to not go cold. Keeping your toes (and pipes) warm While we may be stati...
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Awesome Wildfire Home Protection Tips: How to Save Your House and Family

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Last year, California's skies went red like a scene straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie. In August 2020 alone, four of California's largest wildfires burned more than 2.1 million acres, destroyed more than 5,000 structures, and killed 22 people. When this year's fire season started, we reached out to Michele Steinberg, Director of Wildfir...
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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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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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8 Awesome Things You Need to Do for Your Home in August

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Reading time: 4 minutes We could argue that August is the best time of the summer. The season is in full swing, and fall is a good 21 to 51 days away. But August is also a great time to complete home maintenance before the colder temperatures roll in. That's why we put together the eight things you need to do for your home every August! #1 - Go all...
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3 Things You Absolutely Must Do If Your House Is Haunted and The One Thing You Shouldn't

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Reading time: 3 minutes  See something in the corner of your eye from time to time? Things flying through the air? Think you're living in a haunted house? We'll help you find out and deal with the ghostly presence making your home their life-after-death nest.  So you have a ghost presence in your house. Congratulations...
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Where There's Smoke, There Should be a Smoke Alarm

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Saving lives from house fires is as simple as a few batteries, a handful of alarms, and some metaphorical elbow grease. Here's what you need to know. Firefighters, Smokey the Bear, and Sparky the Fire Dog all tell you the same thing: Most house fires are preventable. Not to put you in the hot seat when it comes to the "only you can...." messag...
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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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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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