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Summer Lawn Care Tips: How to Keep Your Lawn Green

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Reading time: 3 minutes The summer can be harsh on your lawn. A few sweltering days can leave it with an unfortunate case of sunburn, so if your lawn is quickly losing its green color, save it with these tips for taking care of your lawn in the summer heat! #1 - Adjust your mower blade  Avoid giving your lawn a close shave, and inste...
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Weekend Wisdom: Top 11 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes The moment you've been waiting for all year is finally here - the start of summer! While your shorts and flip flops may be ready, is your home? Like your skin needs sunscreen, your home also needs protection from the harsh elements. That's why we put together these summer maintenance tips for your home - to help you prepar...
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3 Homeowner Horror Stories That Will Give You The Heebie-Jeebies

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Reading time: 5 minutes Every new homeowner has at least one horror story. From collapsing floors to ants in the bed, these frights can keep you up at night, but many of these stories could have been prevented if the owners had known then what they know now. In the spirit of Halloween, here are some of the scariest homeowner stories we've heard alo...
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Do’s and Don’ts When Starting a Home Garden

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes If you're wondering, "How do I start gardening at home?" wonder no more. Hosts Caroline and Jeff welcomed Erik Maietta of Country Mile Garden on a recent episode of the vipHome Podcast to score gardening tips and tricks, including how to start a garden from scratch.  How to Landscape Like a Pro with Country ...
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5 Pool Safety Tips for Summer

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Safety first! That should always be your mantra around the pool, but what steps should you take to make sure your pool is safe for everyone this summer? "There's a wide variety of safety equipment out there," says Jason Ori of Rosebrook Custom Inground Pools. "The pool industry now has a tremendous amount of products that are available to make sure...
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Home Pest Control Tips That Actually Work

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  Ticks, bedbugs and squirrels – oh, my! And those are just three of the pests that look for a way inside your home. To find out how to protect your abode, we reached out to Glen Ramsey, Senior Technical Services Manager and board-certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control. Glen earned a bachelor's and master's degr...
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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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15 Holiday Fire Safety Tips That’ll Save Your Feast & Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire 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 da...
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Summer Tips: Keeping Your Backyard Pool Healthy & Clean

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Reading time: 3 minutes Pools are made for enjoying, but along with the cannonballs and mandatory flamingo floaties also comes pool maintenance and safety. If you have a backyard oasis, you need to keep the water clean and the area safe to make sure you, your family, and your guests can enjoy the pool to the fullest. That's why we reached out to Ja...
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The Trouble with Trees

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Reading time: 4 minutes National Arbor Day is generally the last week of April, though some states celebrate it at different times of the year, depending upon their planting season.  Here at vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating trees as they help to keep our collective home, Planet Earth, alive and healthy. However, as homeowners, we under...
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Why Dialing 811 Before You Dig Is Not Optional

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Reading time: 3 minutes  While replacing a mailbox post or starting a garden may seem like innocuous tasks, they can lead to incredible danger. "I remembered seeing a news story about a DIYer who hit a natural gas line," says vipHomeLink Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley, "and I never wanted that to be me!" When Alfred wanted to dig up tree stump...
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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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Safety Checks for Your Deck and Maintenance Tips You Need Before Summer

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes One of the quintessential summer events is entertaining and just enjoying the outside relaxing and grilling on a deck, so as warmer weather arrives, it's important to make sure your structure is ready for some summer fun. We spoke with Joel Boyer of Unique Deck Builders to learn spring deck maintenance and safety tips! Joe...
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Loss of Water Pressure in Your Home? 4 Ways to Get it Back

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Reading time: 3 minutes No one wants to go back to the days of antique water pumps and lack of indoor plumbing, but that's what it feels like when water pressure in your home gives out suddenly. We spoke to Tom Mahoney of Little Tommy's Plumbing Shop to find out what causes low water pressure in your home and how you can get it back. Please note: T...
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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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Braided Metal Hoses: 5 Reasons They Should Be in Your Home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Homeownership can be difficult, but some quick additions can potentially save you thousands of dollars. One of these easy solutions is installing a braided metal hose or stainless steel braided hose. But why exactly should you install these small – and cost-saving – hoses on your appliances? For that answer, we reached out t...
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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 t...
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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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Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Handy Dad

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your dad loves to D-I-Y (do-it-yourself). He fixed the toilet when it wouldn't stop running. He vacuums the refrigerator coils every six months and cleans the dryer vent annually, but Dad is busy. This Father's Day, make his DIY life just a little bit easier with this list of best gifts for handy dads. Wyze Cam Pan Dad works...
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20 Minutes to Better Homeownership – The Virtual Home Checkup

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Many homeowners get a physical every year. They also get an oil change for their car regularly. If so many people are taking care of their body and their car, why don't they take care of their home, their largest investment? Introducing the Virtual Home Checkup! The Virtual Home Checkup provides valuable home maintenance guidance and helps you...
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