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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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Sleep like a baby: Infant safety checklist nursery edition

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​ Congratulations! You are a soon-to-be mommy or daddy! We know what you're thinking, "How can I keep my baby safe at home?" Well, you've come to the right place. In honor of Baby Safety Month , sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), we've put together these quick tips to address safety concerns for infants at home. St...
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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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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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3 Things you absolutely must do if your house is haunted and the one thing you shouldn't

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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! First, that means your house...
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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 insurance ...
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Unfortunate Labor Day cooking mishaps that can ruin your BBQ

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Reading time: 4 minutes  ​ Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, and if you're a summer griller, then this is your last hurrah of the season. Unfortunately, it's also prime time for cooking mishaps. Enjoy the remaining lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer by avoiding these common cooking and/or grilling mishaps that can land you or so...
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Three easy ways to save $55,000 in home repairs

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes One of the greatest threats to your home is water damage, and we're not talking about that massive flood of the century that created an indoor swimming pool in your neighbor's basement. We're talking about non-weather related water damage that stems from leaks in toilets, sprinklers, water heating and HVAC systems, and roo...
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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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Home projects you should leave to the professionals

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Reading time: 3 minutes  Google may be your best friend when it comes to research, but it may also be your worst enemy. While it may not matter how many seasons Stranger Things has in everyday life, erroneous information about your home can be a matter of life or death when it comes to DIY projects. If you rewire your outlet incorrectly or fai...
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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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The ultimate way to prevent catastrophic water damage while you’re on winter vacay

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Reading time: 5 minutes It's that time of the winter again. Halfway between the holidays and spring, you want to take a mid-winter break, but what happens to your house while you're away? Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can have a devastating effect on a home without proper preparation. Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc...
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How to Beat Extreme Heat - Home Edition

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Reading time: 3 minutes Extreme heat means you're now ordering iced coffee, and you're no longer cooking on your stove. You can fry that egg right on the pavement. Since heat waves are the leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the US and Death Valley hit incredible highs recently, we figured it was a good time to help you stay cool at ...
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Testing the waters: Water quality in your home

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Reading time: 5 minutes ​ Ahhhhh. There's nothing quite as refreshing as a cool drink of water. Unfortunately, with that water, you might be drinking common contaminants, such as lead, arsenic, and nitrate. Before you reach for a sports drink, listen to Aaron Simmons of Automatic Water Conditioning Co. Aaron has been helping homeowners to increase ...
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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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Home pest control tips that actually work

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​Reading time: 4.5 minutes  Ticks, bedbugs and squirrels – oh, my! And those are just three of the pests that look for a way inside your home. To find out how to protect your abode, we reached out to Glen Ramsey, Senior Technical Services Manager and board-certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control . Glen earned a bachelor's and master's de...
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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 tornado preparedness checklist for your home

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Reading time: 5 minutes While "Tornado Alley" may be located in the center of the US, tornadoes have been happening frequently in other parts of the country as well. For those of us who aren't Dorothy Gale, check out these tornado safety tips to help your family avoid a dangerous situation with Mother Nature. #1 - Make a home checklist and complete...
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What is a derecho storm, and why isn’t there a warning?

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Reading time: 2 minutes  There are tornado warnings, thunderstorm warnings, and excessive heat warnings. Unfortunately, there isn't a derecho warning quite yet, but a derecho is another way Mother Nature unleashes her fury. Before you can protect your family and home from a derecho, it's important to know what you're up against.  What exa...
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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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