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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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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 Good, the Bad, and the Color Schemes of HOAs

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ You found your dream home, and you're all but ready to sign on the dotted line. Then your real estate agent informs you that the community has an homeowners association or an HOA. But what does living with an HOA mean, and how do homeowners associations work? And are you really not allowed to paint your home's trim that be...
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Save Your Toilet, Save the Planet: Water Efficiency Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  As Captain Planet informed us, our water supply is not infinite. In fact, 97.5 percent of all of Earth's water is saltwater, and 2 percent of the Earth's freshwater supply is trapped in the ice caps and glaciers (though perhaps not for long). That means extraordinarily little water is potable. As if that's not enough 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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Why You Should Absolutely Not DIY Your Garage Door (And What Needs to Be Done)

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ The average garage door weighs up to 400 pounds, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that garage doors can be dangerous. In fact, an average of 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room every year from injuries sustained by a garage door. That's why it's important to get your doors inspected and serviced by a professio...
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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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Rooftop Maintenance You Should Do Now (Before It’s Too Late)

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Reading time: 2 minutes  ​If completing maintenance on your roof isn't a priority, it should be. A new roof can cost as much as $40,000 , and insurance companies may refuse to honor a damage claim if your roof was not well-maintained in the first place. Avoid costly issues and prolong the life of your roof by completing a few routine maintenan...
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist - Heating Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes You're burning daylight. With the usual suspects—Jack Frost, snow, and higher utility bills—arriving sooner rather than later, you need to prepare your home for those long, cold winter nights. We have a list of afforadable home heating systems maintenance that is so quick and easy, you might be able to complete it ...
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How’s It Shaking: How to Make Your Home Earthquake Safe

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes You probably like to keep your feet on solid ground, but in some parts of the US, that is an issue . Recent studies found California has a heightened risk for the next big earthquake, meaning more than 3 million homes could be damaged as a result. If you've been putting off making your earthquake kit and securing your home...
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The Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Do Again (and Again and Again)

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Reading time: 10 minutes Home maintenance can feel a bit like the movie Groundhog Day . Over and over again, you need to complete the same tasks to keep your home in good-working order and avoid costly claims. But which home maintenance projects do you need to do – weekly, monthly, seasonally, bi-annually, and annually? We've got you covered with t...
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What You Need to Know about Home Inspections from a Master Inspector

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Reading time: 6 minutes  You've found your dream home. It's in the neighborhood you wanted and has that open-concept kitchen you can't seem to forget. You can't wait to close and move in, but before you do that, you need to know more about the home. That's where a home inspection can help. We recently welcomed Alan Grubb, a Certified Master In...
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The Ins and Outs of Annual Plumbing Inspections

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Reading: 4 minutes Your toilets flush, your shower is warm, and your faucet isn't dripping. So your plumbing system is all good, right? Not necessarily. Small leaks are hard to detect, and wear and tear on your pipes can lead to major projects down the line. After all, a minor leak may cost $1,000 or more to fix, but the average water damage claim ...
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11 Home Fire Facts That Will Alarm You

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Reading time: 6 minutes  ​ Home fires happen, and a startling number of them can be prevented. We know what you're thinking – "It won't happen to me" – but it happens to approximately 354,400 homes every year . By following a few home fire safety tips, you can lower your home fire risk and help to protect your loved ones. We recently welcomed ...
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Outsmart Radon, the Invisible Killer

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Reading time: 3 minutes​ Imagine Dragons have it right in their song "Radioactive." When they sing, "I'm breathing in the chemicals," they aren't kidding. Radon is, in fact, radioactive, and it can be deadly.  In honor of National Radon Action Month (yes, that is a thing, and yes, we have no doubt you're googling it right now), we reached out ...
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Routine Home Maintenance Plan for 2021

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Reading time: 3 minutes  New year, new you, old home. Give your home the love it deserves this year by making a new year's resolution to take better care of it. Start by completing these routine maintenance tasks that are routinely overlooked! #1 – Vacuum your dryer vent   ​ More than 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported every year, and...
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Homeowners Insurance Claims Process FAQs

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Reading time: 7 minutes ​ Here at vipHomeLink, we're always looking for ways to simplify your homeownership experience. As one in 20 homes typically has an insurance claim annually, we decided it was best to break down the homeowners insurance claims process, so you're prepared in the event you need to submit one. We spoke with Denise Click, Person...
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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...
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Winter Weekend To-Do Checklist

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​A winter wonderland might be fun and beautiful, but it can do a number on your home. That's why we put together this winter home maintenance all-in-one guide that you can check off in one weekend to save your home from winter's wrath! Outdoor winter maintenance ​   Ah, the Great Outdoors! They can cause a lot of trouble for your property (and...
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