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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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How to Avoid Mistakes When Purchasing Homeowners Insurance for Two Homes

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Reading time: 5 minutes ​ Who doesn't love the idea of a cabin in the woods for a snowy holiday or a place down at the shore for the summer? A seasonal or vacation home is one of life's amazing benefits, but insuring it properly can be a challenge. We reached out to Katie Unruh Vang of Unruh Insurance Agency , who has been part of the insurance ind...
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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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Top 10 Title Insurance Questions You Want to Ask But Never Have And Absolutely Should

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ You picked your dream house. Your offer has been accepted and a home inspection completed. Now your attorney contacts the title insurance agency. You might be wondering, "Do I need title insurance?" "Besides life insurance, it's the one insurance you will buy that you hope you never have to use," says Mike Carella, Founder...
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Shopping for a Home? Know The Mortgage Preapproval Process

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Buying a home has so many steps. We've demystified the process , provided financial tips 101 , and helped get your dream home inspected . But what about the mortgage preapproval process? Since vipHome Podcast Host Caroline and her fiancé, Thomas, are shopping for a home, we welcomed Rebecca Donatelli of McDowell Homes Real...
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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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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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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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Tips to Decluttering Your Home from a Personal Organizer

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Reading time: 5 minutes  Now that you're working from home or at least chilling there more than usual, you might have noticed that your bedroom has too many sweaters or your bathroom closet doesn't fit all your facial products. In our recent episode of the vipHome Podcast , we spoke to Betsy Marsala of NEAT Method , a luxury home organizi...
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How to Design Your Home on a Budget with Teggy French

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes Moving into a new home? That can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to decoration. You just brought perhaps the most expensive investment you may ever make – and now you're thinking, "How can we design a home on a low budget?" "You don't have to have a lot of money to look like you have a lot of money," says Desi...
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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 i...
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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 ...
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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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How Homeowners Insurance Is Now Smarter Than Ever!

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Reading time: 6 minutes ​ Between apps, emails, and fitness bracelets, many aspects of our lives have gone digital. So it only makes sense that insurance evolves to a digital-first approach – not just in billing and claims but also in its mission and purpose. That's why we welcomed Mark Coons, CEO of Savvi Insurance Group to the vipHome Podcast . M...
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Top 5 Home Apps Every Homeowner Needs

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Reading time: 3 minutes Here at vipHomeLink, we're obsessed with house apps. We love to decorate for holidays, organize our home's important documents , and make sure we're on schedule with our maintenance calendar. You can complete these (or get inspiration to do so) through an app, but not all home apps are worthy of a space on your phone or tabl...
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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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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 insur...
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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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Your Home’s Holiday Wish List: Kitchen Edition

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Your home has been good this year, so reward it (and yourself) with these holiday home gifts ideas to upgrade and modernize your kitchen.   ​Is your multitasking kitchen ready for an upgrade? Here at vipHomeLink , we're moving towards "smart" appliances or ones that have multiple uses. The heart of the home needs to be a welcoming space for ev...
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