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Cooking Safety Tips To Know Before Starting Turkey Prep

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Reading time: 3 minutes ​ It's not surprising that most home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving, followed closely by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association found that fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires in 2016 alone. Over a 10-year perio...
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Top Winter Pest Control Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  We've all been there—woken up in the middle of the night with scampering across the floor or scratching in your walls. Mice, rats, and even squirrels can make their way inside your warm home, on top of the usual insects and spiders. Rather than evicting your unwanted visitors this holiday season, prevent them from ever...
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Snow Problems? Not with These Winter Tips for Homeowners

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​ Shoveling, frostbite, missing gloves – snow can be a pain in your winter boot. To your home, it can mean water damage, cracked walkways, and flooded basements. So when you hear winter weather is on the way, avoid dangerous situations with these tips for preparing your house for snow! Clean your gutters   ​Do gutters cause ice dams? No, ...
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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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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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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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3 Things You Absolutely Must Do If Your House Is Haunted and The One Thing You Shouldn't

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Reading time: 3 minutes  See something in the corner of your eye from time to time? Things flying through the air? Think you're living in a haunted house? We'll help you find out and deal with the ghostly presence making your home their life-after-death nest.  So you have a ghost presence in your house. Congratulations...
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Not-So-Scary Essential Fall Home Maintenance

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Reading time: 3 minutes​ Halloween is a time for ghoulish delights, not homeowner frights, but that's exactly what your home might deliver. And when you have expected guests popping in for treats, you don't want to worry about the tricks your home might pull - now and in the coming months. So we've put together a checklist of not-so-scary home main...
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Getting Smart about (Smart) Smoke Detectors

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We all know the importance of having smoke detectors, but who among us has not disconnected one due to that low battery chirping or because it went off while you were cooking? Temporarily disconnecting your smoke detector may not seem like a big deal at the time, but often those low batteries won't get replaced or reconnected after the smoke-filled...
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The Trouble with Trees

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​Trees are more than just a natural accent to your property. They can present a clear and present danger to your home if diseased or in a precarious position. If you have a worst-case scenario and need to put your tree out of its misery, we've put together a go-to guide to help you through this difficult time. Before your tree gets the ax ​ ​ Whoa,...
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Turkey Prep Tips from Top Chefs

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Thanksgiving is both delicious and dangerous, so we've found tips and tricks to help you cook your Thanksgiving bird to scrumptious perfection safely. ​ Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year. There's food and drink, then even more food and more drink, and just when you think you're full, you somehow find room for pie. But Thanksgiving ca...
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Your Home’s Holiday Wish List: Tech Edition

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Deck your halls with tech this season! We've got holiday home gift ideas that will not only lower your bills but also your stress level.  Whether your home is a recent new build or has been around for quite some time, there's always a new piece of tech to help upgrade your life. This holiday season, we've compiled a list of smart presents that...
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2020 Homeowner Resolutions: Making Your Home Smart(er)

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Not all homes are built smart. In some homes, you can't turn your TV on by voice command. You manually need to flip on your lights, and you might just have to keep track of your refrigerator's dirty filter. Get out of the Dark Ages of Appliances and step into a better way to "home." Make your home a smart home in 2020 with the help of this five-min...
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Get Your Home into Shape in 3 Simple Steps

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When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors? Made sure you have GFCI outlets installed where they are required? Replaced the hose to your washer? (And it's a braided metal hose , right? Not rubber?) There is a lot to track inside your home, and vipHomeLink can help. Enter the Home Fitness Index (HFI). The HFI tells you how "in shape" yo...
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Quick TIPS: Immediate Steps After You Get the Keys to Your New Home

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You just bought a home, and your realtor handed you the keys. Congratulations, but you've got some work to do. What are the immediate steps you need to take to make sure the house is all yours? We asked homeowners Annie and Benjamin , who moved into their new home last year, to give us their quick tips.   Immediate new-to-you home maintenance ...
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Quick TIPS: Top Tips for Keeping Your Toddler Safe at Home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Toddlers are naturally curious and have a supreme knack for finding things that can put them in danger. Make sure your home is safe for their exploration with these quick tips.   (Looking for safety tips for newborns? Check out our "Infant safety checklist - nursery edition" now!) Secure empty electrical outlets​  ...
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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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Outsmart the Invisible Killer

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​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 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 at vipHomeLink decided to tell you how to avoid becoming rad...
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QUICK TIPS: Taking Care of Well Water Woes

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Properly constructed wells and private water supply systems do not need an excessive amount of maintenance, but the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends that you schedule a well water check-up annually to ensure the safety of your water and to monitor for contaminants.  But what do you do if something just isn't right with ...
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