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8 Awesome Things You Need to Do for Your Home in August

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Reading time: 4 minutes We could argue that August is the best time of the summer. The season is in full swing, and fall is a good 21 to 51 days away. But August is also a great time to complete home maintenance before the colder temperatures roll in. That's why we put together the eight things you need to do for your home every August! #1 - Go all...
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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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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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3 Homeowner Horror Stories That Will Give You The Heebie-Jeebies

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Reading time: 5 minutes Every new homeowner has at least one horror story. From collapsing floors to ants in the bed, these frights can keep you up at night, but many of these stories could have been prevented if the owners had known then what they know now. In the spirit of Halloween, here are some of the scariest homeowner stories we've heard alo...
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Rooftop Maintenance You Should Do Now (Before It’s Too Late)

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Reading time: 2 minutes  If completing maintenance on your roof isn't a priority, it should be. A new roof can cost as much as $40,000, and insurance companies may refuse to honor a damage claim if your roof was not well-maintained in the first place. Avoid costly issues and prolong the life of your roof by completing a few routine maintenance...
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Where There's Smoke, There Should be a Smoke Alarm

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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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Top 5 Home Apps Every Homeowner Needs

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Reading time: 3 minutes 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 can complete these (or get inspiration to do so) through an app, but not all home apps are worthy of a space on your phone or table...
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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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Home Hacks You Won’t Believe You’ve Lived Without Knowing

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Reading time: 3 minutes Maintaining a home can be hard. Between cleaning the appliances and mowing the lawn, you have a lot on your plate, and then of course, you break a light bulb in the socket. (We've all had that day.) Easily fix your bulb situation with a "home hack," or a home improvement or maintenance tip that are easy to do. Case in p...
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Home Resolutions 2020: Expert Edition

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Every year, you know your gutters will need to be cleaned out. You have to rake and mow the lawn, and every once and awhile, you need to apply a fresh coat of paint somewhere. But do you know what maintenance items you are missing? We asked Home Improvement Contractor Matt Van Cleve to give us his professional insight into essential maint...
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In Deep Water: Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

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When the Polar Vortex attacks without mercy, à la The Day After Tomorrow, a swift but harsh cold front can cause a drastic change in temperature and major problems for your home – icicles running down your walls, lumpy carpets, and mold, to name a few. If your home's pipes burst, you will need to take immediate steps to stop the leakage and be...
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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: Spring Maintenance Tips You Can’t Ignore

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is here, so it's time to get your home ready for the season of April showers, May flowers, and the start of summer heat. We've got 10 essential spring home maintenance tasks you must do before you kick back with some soda, pretzels, and beer. How do I prepare my house for spring? Clean your windows and ...
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How to Keep Your Home Healthy from Coronavirus

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Reading time: 4 minutes At vipHomeLink, our mission is to help improve the safety of your home, so we reached out to Dr. Suzanne Bentley, Medical Director of the Elmhurst Satellite Simulation Center at Mount Sinai, to get answers to important questions you may have about the spread of coronavirus and what steps you can take to keep your home&n...
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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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5 Super Easy Home Improvements That Don’t Require an Outing

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Before retreating into your home, you probably made a list of essentials to pick up (toilet paper and mac and cheese, of course), but you might have left off "neutral color paint" to refresh the living room. While you might not have the supplies you need for certain tasks, that doesn't mean you have to hit pause on all you...
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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 organizing...
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Fire Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

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Fire safety is always paramount, but now that you're spending a bit more time inside your home, it's imperative that you follow the proper fire safety procedures to make sure you and your family stay safe. Since we strive to "prevent the preventable" here at vipHomeLink, we reached out to Susan McKelvey of the National Fire Protection Associat...
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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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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 most like...
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