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DIY Home Electrical Projects You Can Tackle (and When to Call in the Home Pros)

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​ Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love a good DIY project? From changing the water valve in the toilet to patching a hole in drywall, you're quite the craftsperson. But there's one type of project you should always approach with the utmost caution: electrical. Electrical home projects can be dangerous, but there are a few you may be able tackle...
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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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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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Something Old, Something Blue, Something Cold, Something New: Preventing Freezing Pipes & Other Winter Claims

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Reading time: 4 minutes Here at vipHomeLink, we work closely with homeowners insurance agencies to help prevent common insurance claims. In almost every interview, we've asked our insurance partners, "What is the most common claim your policyholders submit?" The answer is always, "Frozen pipes."  It's easy to see why. The Insurance Information...
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What Do You Do If You See a Spotted Lanternfly?

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​ Reading time: 3 minutes If you've been spending more time outdoors this year, you may have noticed a large fly with black-spotted, gray wings. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this insect is not native to America. Originally from Vietnam, China, and India, the spotted lanternfly first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2014 before spreading to the nearby...
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Watch Now: Real Homeowner Horror Stories

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​ If you're a homeowner, then you know how quickly something can go wrong. You returned home from vacation to a flooded basement. Or maybe you found a bear waltzing with your garbage can one evening. Perhaps you're not sure what put a hole in your windscreen, but boy, did it leave a mess in your family room. Homeowner Horror Stories, a segment of t...
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Fall Home Projects 2020: Get Your Maintenance On

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Reading time: 3 minutes Remember how long March was this year? Well, guess what? It's already fall! As more homeowners are improving their homes this year , we wanted to help by giving you the prime fall home improvement ideas for 2020. We reached out to Matt Van Cleve, a home improvement contractor who has been helping homeowners enhance thei...
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Buying or Selling a Home This Fall? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Are you looking to buy a home? How about sell your current place? Since 2020 produced an intense real estate market heading into the fall, we reached out to Daniel Brewer and Sebastien Courret of The Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate group affiliated with Washington Fine Properties . Daniel and Sebastien have ...
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How to 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 insur...
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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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Why Dialing 811 Before You Dig Is Not Optional

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Reading time: 3 minutes  While replacing a mailbox post or starting a garden may seem like innocuous tasks, they can lead to incredible danger. "I remembered seeing a news story about a DIYer who hit a natural gas line," says vipHomeLink Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley, "and I never wanted that to be me!" When Alfred wanted to dig up tree stump...
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Do’s and Don’ts When Starting a Home Garden

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes Happy spring! This is the time of April showers, which bring May flowers (or in my case, a wet basement). But as you stay inside to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be wondering, "How do I start gardening at home?" Hosts Caroline and Jeff welcomed Erik Maietta of Country Mile Garden on a recent episode of the vip...
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First Time Homebuyers: What to look for to Score Home Gold

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Reading time: 3 minutes St. Patrick's Day is here, and we're spreading some good luck by helping you find some "home gold" during your home buying search. We spoke with real estate agent Eric Godoy of RE/MAX Premier in Warren, New Jersey, to find what first time buyers should look for in a home, and he offered this advice: "Commonly the way you kno...
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