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Fire safety tips you need to follow right now

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Fire safety is always paramount, but now that you're spending a bit more time inside your home, it's imperative that you follow the proper fire safety procedures to make sure you and your family stay safe. Since we strive to "prevent the preventable" here at vipHomeLink, we reached out to Susan McKelvey of the National Fire Protection Associat...
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Swimming pool care tips you might not know (but you should)

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​ No school? Time to get in the pool! But there are few maintenance techniques and developments in the pool industry (dare we say - "smart pools") that can help you take better care of your backyard oasis. That's why Host (and vipHomeLink Founder and CEO) Alfred Bentley recently welcomed Jeremy Johnson from America's Swimming Pool Company of the Gr...
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DIY home electrical safety tips for new homeowners

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Electricity pervades our lives. From your cell phone to your TV to your porch light, you might not realize how much you depend upon electricity until a blackout. For new homeowners, there's even a steeper learning curve when it comes to electrical safety at home. That's why Caroline and Jacqueline recently welcomed Brett B...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Kick the summer off right with these 10 grilling safety tips

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  Summer is here! 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 average, more than 19,000 peop...
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The after-hours home maintenance checklist

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Reading time: 4 minutes With bars and restaurants closed and national sports cancelled, what do you do during the evenings and on weekends after you've logged off work? After you've watched Frozen 2 for the twelfth time, we have a few suggestions that can make your home safer and more valuable as well as provide a little fun for you and your f...
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The best “selling” home improvements (and the ones you should skip)

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Reading time: 4 minutes In our recent study with Kelton Global , 15 million American homeowners are taking this time to complete home renovations. While we always love a good home improvement project, we recently hosted a realtor roundtable and asked our panelists which projects they recommended potential sellers complete before putting their homes...
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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 rec...
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How to replace the water fill valve in your toilet

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes One of the most frightening noises in your bathroom is the sound of your toilet not filling properly. Depending upon your comfort level with diy projects, you might decide to call a plumber, but here at vipHomeLink , we believe you can fix this issue. First, we're going to tell you how to clean the valve, and if that ...
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Do’s and don’ts when starting a home garden

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes Happy spring! This is the time of April showers, which bring May flowers (or in my case, a wet basement). But as you stay inside to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be wondering, "How do I start gardening at home?" Hosts Caroline and Jeff welcomed Erik Maietta of Country Mile Garden on a recent episode of the vip...
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Your first home and your wallet: Financial tips for first-time home buyers

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Reading time: 5 minutes Buying your first home can be a confusing and frustrating journey, but it doesn't have to be. We recently spoke to Century 21 New Millennium to demystify the home buying process , but what about the financials of the transaction? Do you really need that coveted 20% for a down payment, and should you buy a starter home? In ho...
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Pool Maintenance 101: How to have a swimming good time this summer

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes In the summer, your swimming pool is one of the most popular areas of your home, but it's not all sunshine and pool noodles. Pool regular maintenance is necessary on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis to keep the structure and swimmers healthy. Before you dive into your backyard oasis, get your pool ready for sum...
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Baby, it's cold outside: How to bleed air from baseboard heating systems & the most popular heating systems maintenance

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"I loved the Polar Vortex, so I'm not going to complete the routine maintenance to keep my heating system working," said no one ever.   ​ Heating is no joking matter. A cold winter's night can be unpleasant at best, and rather than suffering through with blanket forts and warm tea (if you have a gas stove), complete the proper maintenance to a...
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Where there's smoke, there should be a smoke alarm - and other fire safety tips

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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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5 burning questions (and answers!) about gas fireplaces

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Hot cocoa, falling snow, a crackling fire – that's the picture-perfect winter scene, isn't it? You can get it with a push of a button thanks to gas fireplaces, but any time you start a fire in your home, safety should be the highest priority. To learn how to reduce the risk of danger and prevent an unwanted house fire, we spoke with Paul Pirro...
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6 Safety tips for using space heaters (and keeping your home standing)

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Though Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, the U.S. Fire Administration lists February as one of the worst months for home heating fires. If we're lucky, we can turn down our heating systems in just a few weeks, but if Phil happens to be wrong, you might be using that space heater a bit longer. Unfortunately, the National Fire Pre...
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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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