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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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Everyday energy saving tips for your home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  From Wi-Fi routers to dishwashers to treadmills – energy use at home has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. While ENERGY STAR-rated appliances help to conserve energy, the largest hurdle for homeowners to overcome is changing their energy behaviors. To help you learn ways to reduce energy consumption (and lower your...
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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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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 that you can show love for y...
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Quick TIPS: How to stay connected when social distancing

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We're not going to lie. St. Patrick's Day was hard this year. Our Founder Alfred Bentley found it eerie (but necessary) to practice social distancing and not be with his usual friends and family over the holiday. Hence, this party –  "While we were all online, I asked, 'Hey. Why don't we get on a video call?'" Alfred recounted for us the ...
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Moving? Packing tips and tricks from a professional organizer

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​ Reading time: 5 minutes When you're moving into your dream home, you're already stressed. You have the home inspection, any final negotiations, and the closing, not to mention your daily work and then packing. Once you do move in, then you have to unpack. That's where Ashley Ingraham of Home Perspective LLC comes in. Ashley helps homeowners organ...
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June 2020 Mortgage Matters: Should you refinance right now?

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Reading time: 2 minutes Hopping into the home market is never easy, especially during the recent economic events. (But our summer intern is a finance major, which is an incredible help!) Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates have steadily fallen since 1990 from 10.5% to 3.3% in 2020, and that tailwind undoubtedly helps to increase home values by making ...
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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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Millennials: 5 Tips you need to know to get your dream home

Millennials: 5 Tips you need to know to get your dream home
Reading time: 6 minutes  While we're still seeing how the current pandemic affects the housing market, an earlier TD Bank survey found that 68% of millennials thought 2020 was the time to buy their first home. Unfortunately, 75% admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the buying process. To demystify the homebuying experience and help millennials g...
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5 Gift ideas for the father who helps maintain the home

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Father's Day is rapidly approaching this year! With only a few days left to find some gifts for Dad, we at vipHomeLink wanted to provide some insight and ideas for celebrating with your fathers this weekend. Every dad loves having a presentable (and well-maintained) house, so here are five gift ideas that Dad will love that will help...
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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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Introducing the vipHome Podcast

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Have a homeowner horror story? You're not alone! Here at vipHomeLink, the crew has seen our share of flooded basements, broken pipes, bats in the attic, and electrical surges. Our mission is to "prevent the preventable," which is why we want to share our stories to stop similar disasters from occurring in your house. Introducing the vipHome Po...
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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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The 2020 hurricane preparedness checklist

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Hurricane season has arrived. In fact, it came early this year with our first named storm passing by the East Coast in mid-May. So it's no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that this year could be "extremely active," with a 60% chance of an above-normal hurricane season. That means you can expect power o...
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Bought a new home? Here's the 10 things you need to know

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes  ​ At vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating our homes and the people within them. So in honor of New Homeowners Day (May 1st), we put together the top things new homeowners need to know when moving into their new abode. #1 – Smoke alarms have expiration dates ​   If your "new" home is an older dwelling, you mo...
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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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[Infographic] Social Distancing To-Do List – Home Improvement Projects During the Pandemic

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Reading time: 5 minutes  We know you love your home – or at least, you live there. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all American homeowners are planning to give their homes more TLC. A survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of us (vipHomeLink) revealed how homeowners are tackling home maintenance or improvement projects duri...
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Top 5 home apps every homeowner needs

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 Whether you're looking for plumbing tips or decor inspiration for your living room, there's a home app -- or five -- for that. Here's our favorites. 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...
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355,400 Reasons to have home inventory (and how to create one)

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Fire, home invasions, floods, and other disasters threaten your precious (and not-so-precious) possessions. Reclaim them with the help of a home inventory.   ​ Close your eyes. Now, can you name every valuable item in your home? Our guess is - probably not. While no one expects their home to be involved in a fire, home invasion, flood, or othe...
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Your home’s holiday wish list: Living room edition

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Make your living area modern and cozy this season with these holiday home gift ideas for your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping excursion.   ​First impressions can be lasting impressions. When your family arrives at your home this holiday season, welcome them into a cozy and modern living area where they'll want to spend all their time (a ...
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