What you need to know to join the smart home revolution

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Reading time: 5 minutes From video doorbells to lights to refrigerators, the smart home revolution is underway! According to the National Council of Home Safety and Security , more than 47% of Millennial homeowners have smart devices in their homes, and an incredible 81% of home buyers say they'd be more apt to buy a home with smart tech devic...
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Quick TIPS: 8 steps to protect your smart home from hackers

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Where thieves used to pick your front door lock (and some still do), hackers are now making their way into your home via your smart technology. In fact, hackers are now targeting the most innocuous smart devices, like your lights and programmable thermostat. So how do you protect yourself from a smart home hack? We've got a few quick tips.   1...
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All you need to know about the Money Meter

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Think about your car for a moment. (We're calling it "Clive.") Clive's monetary value depreciates as you wrack up those miles, but the more you take care of Clive, the more miles Clive will go. However, if Clive has visible signs of damage (like the blue paint on his fender from that pole you grazed), then the less monetary value Clive will have. (...
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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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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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Your home's holiday wish list: Bedroom edition

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Relaxation reigns in the bedroom, so this holiday season, gift your private space these modern and tranquil comforts for ultimate convenience. If you're hosting the family this holiday, you'll need your private space to recharge after a long day of festivities. Whether you're seeking a hands-free way to turn on your TV or an instant soothing scent ...
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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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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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12 safety tips for holiday decorating

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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. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, arrives December 22nd and runs until the 30th. Christmas trees need to be up by December 25th (or January 7th for...
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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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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 alarming truth about in-home alarms

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Saving lives from house fires is as simple as a few batteries, a handful of alarms, and some metaphorical elbow grease. Here's what you need to know. Firefighters, Smokey the Bear, and Sparky the Fire Dog all tell you the same thing: Most house fires are preventable. Not to put you in the hot seat when it comes to the "only you can...." messag...
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