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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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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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Top 10 Home Improvements That Add Value

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ We know you don't want to just maintain your home. You also want to add value to it. After all, your home is the place you live, sleep, and perhaps work – and it's also your greatest investment. To help you make the most of your home efforts, here are the best home improvements to increase the value of your house, ranked b...
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Everything You Need to Know about Dryer Vent Cleaning

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your dryer is more dangerous than it looks. Each year, more than 2,900 clothes dryer fires lead to an average of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and more than $35 million in property loss. As if the fear of a home fire wasn't enough, a dirty dryer vent can increase your gas or electricity costs and damage your dryer's heating elemen...
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Why You Should Absolutely Not DIY Your Garage Door (And What Needs to Be Done)

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ The average garage door weighs up to 400 pounds, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that garage doors can be dangerous. In fact, an average of 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room every year from injuries sustained by a garage door. That's why it's important to get your doors inspected and serviced by a professio...
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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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How’s It Shaking: How to Make Your Home Earthquake Safe

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes You probably like to keep your feet on solid ground, but in some parts of the US, that is an issue . Recent studies found California has a heightened risk for the next big earthquake, meaning more than 3 million homes could be damaged as a result. If you've been putting off making your earthquake kit and securing your home...
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The Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Do Again (and Again and Again)

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Reading time: 10 minutes Home maintenance can feel a bit like the movie Groundhog Day . Over and over again, you need to complete the same tasks to keep your home in good-working order and avoid costly claims. But which home maintenance projects do you need to do – weekly, monthly, seasonally, bi-annually, and annually? We've got you covered with t...
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The Ins and Outs of Annual Plumbing Inspections

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Reading: 4 minutes Your toilets flush, your shower is warm, and your faucet isn't dripping. So your plumbing system is all good, right? Not necessarily. Small leaks are hard to detect, and wear and tear on your pipes can lead to major projects down the line. After all, a minor leak may cost $1,000 or more to fix, but the average water damage claim ...
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11 Home Fire Facts That Will Alarm You

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Reading time: 6 minutes  ​ Home fires happen, and a startling number of them can be prevented. We know what you're thinking – "It won't happen to me" – but it happens to approximately 354,400 homes every year . By following a few home fire safety tips, you can lower your home fire risk and help to protect your loved ones. We recently welcomed ...
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‘Tis the Season to Secure Your Home from Burglars and Porch Pirates

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  It's the holiday season, which means it's prime time for burglaries and package theft. In fact, a CNN study found that burglaries jump the week of Christmas, but even the everyday burglary stats are not jolly. In fact, according to the FBI – There are 1.2 million burglaries in 2018. A burglary happens every 25.7 seco...
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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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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 ...
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Routine Home Maintenance Plan for 2021

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Reading time: 3 minutes  New year, new you, old home. Give your home the love it deserves this year by making a new year's resolution to take better care of it. Start by completing these routine maintenance tasks that are routinely overlooked! #1 – Vacuum your dryer vent   ​ More than 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported every year, and...
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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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Winter Weekend To-Do Checklist

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​A winter wonderland might be fun and beautiful, but it can do a number on your home. That's why we put together this winter home maintenance all-in-one guide that you can check off in one weekend to save your home from winter's wrath! Outdoor winter maintenance ​   Ah, the Great Outdoors! They can cause a lot of trouble for your property (and...
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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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Top 12 Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5 minutes Before you light those candles or trim that tree, we've got the safety tips you need to keep your home merry, bright, and safe through the new year.  The winter holidays are less than a month away!  Before you begin your celebrations (if you haven't already), here are 12 tips you need to know that will keep you and...
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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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