15 Holiday Fire Safety Tips That’ll Save Your Feast and Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fire and injuries in the United States. In a four-year period from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to over 170,000 cooking fires. That's approximately 470 home cooking fires a day that were reported. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the peak day...
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Realtor Roundtable 2021: How to Improve Your Chances of Buying or Selling a Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes The real estate market has been in flux since the pandemic hit last year. Home seekers flooded the market, wanting wide open spaces and larger living areas. Though the market has slowed, there's still low inventory, low interest rates, and high prices. How can you hope to navigate the intense landscape? We went to the expert...
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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 And...
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Awesome Wildfire Home Protection Tips: How to Save Your House and Family

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Last year, California's skies went red like a scene straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie. In August 2020 alone, four of California's largest wildfires burned more than 2.1 million acres, destroyed more than 5,000 structures, and killed 22 people. When this year's fire season started, we reached out to Michele Steinberg, Director of Wildfir...
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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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A Quick Guide to Mortgage, Refinancing, and COVID-19

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes When the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to zero percent, mortgage lenders were inundated with refinancing requests. We immediately reached out to Don Anfuso, vice president of Homeland Lending, LLC, to find out what you need to know about mortgages, COVID-19, and what is involved with refinancing. Is it worth it to...
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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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Do’s and Don’ts When Starting a Home Garden

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes If you're wondering, "How do I start gardening at home?" wonder no more. Hosts Caroline and Jeff welcomed Erik Maietta of Country Mile Garden on a recent episode of the vipHome Podcast to score gardening tips and tricks, including how to start a garden from scratch.  How to Landscape Like a Pro with Country ...
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Millennials: 5 Tips You Need to Know to Get Your Dream Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes  While we're still seeing how the current pandemic affects the housing market, an earlier TD Bank survey found that 68% of millennials thought 2020 was the time to buy their first home. Unfortunately, 75% admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the buying process. To demystify the homebuying experience and help millennials g...
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The Best “Selling” Home Improvements (and The Ones You Should Skip)

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Reading time: 4 minutes In our recent study with Kelton Global, 15 million American homeowners are taking this time to complete home renovations. While we always love a good home improvement project, we recently hosted a realtor roundtable and asked our panelists which projects they recommended potential sellers complete before putting their homes ...
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Moving? Packing Tips and Tricks from a Professional Organizer

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Reading time: 5 minutes When you're moving into your dream home, you're already stressed. You have the home inspection, any final negotiations, and the closing, not to mention your daily work and then packing. Once you do move in, then you have to unpack. That's where Ashley Ingraham of Home Perspective LLC comes in. Ashley helps homeowners organiz...
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Shopping for a Home? Know The Mortgage Preapproval Process

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Buying a home has so many steps. We've demystified the process, provided financial tips 101, and helped get your dream home inspected. But what about the mortgage preapproval process? Since vipHome Podcast Host Caroline and her fiancé, Thomas, are shopping for a home, we welcomed Rebecca Donatelli of McDowell Homes Real Es...
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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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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 Grea...
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Amazing Home Interior Design Ideas from a Design Guru

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Reading time: 6 minutes Looking to update your home or give your new home a personal touch? We know you want to make it aesthetically pleasing as well as add value. That's why Hosts Caroline and Jacqueline welcomed Interior Design Extraordinaire Laurie Smith from the legendary TLC show Trading Spaces to the vipHome Podcast to help inspire interior ...
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Everyday Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  From Wi-Fi routers to dishwashers to treadmills – energy use at home has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. While ENERGY STAR-rated appliances help to conserve energy, the largest hurdle for homeowners to overcome is changing their energy behaviors. To help you learn ways to reduce energy consumption (and lower your...
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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 roofs...
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How to Design Your Home on a Budget with Teggy French

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Reading time: 4 minutes Moving into a new home? That can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to decoration. You just brought perhaps the most expensive investment you may ever make – and now you're thinking, "How can we design a home on a low budget?" "You don't have to have a lot of money to look like you have a lot of money," says Design...
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Top Catastrophic Insurance Claims Explained

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Disaster won't wait. Whether it's flooding, wildfires, or hurricanes, homeowners need to protect their families and their homes from devastation. One integral part of any home preparation plan is homeowners insurance, which helps you get back on your feet after a catastrophic event. In honor of National Preparedness Month, we welcomed Michelle O'Co...
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First-Time Home Buying 101: Top 5 Mortgage Tips

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Reading time: 4 minutes "Now more than ever, your home is a comfort," says Sam Sharp, Executive Vice President of National Sales, Guaranteed Rate. While COVID-19 fuels a competitive fall 2020 real estate market, it also fosters a new appreciation for "the home." However, some first-time home buyers (and even current homeowners) struggle with the fi...
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