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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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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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Trust your nose: How to check your gas grill for a leak

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Reading time: 3 minutes Natural gas is an efficient, convenient, and money-saving energy source used in many homes. However, it's highly flammable, and every so often, you'll see a news story where a natural gas leak led to a home explosion. Here at vipHomeLink , we're all about preventing the preventable, and our Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley rec...
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Pool Maintenance 101: How to have a swimming good time this summer

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes In the summer, your swimming pool is one of the most popular areas of your home, but it's not all sunshine and pool noodles. Pool regular maintenance is necessary on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis to keep the structure and swimmers healthy. Before you dive into your backyard oasis, get your pool ready for sum...
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7 Awesome backyard upgrades that will totally make your summer

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Summer is right around the bend, but is your home ready? We've already dug into the ins and outs of gardening for curb appeal , so now might be the time to show your backyard some TLC. Here's seven backyard improvements that add value to your home and enjoyment to your life. #1 - Make a place to chill - a deck or patio You...
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Kick the summer off right with these 10 grilling safety tips

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  Summer is here! That means it's time to fire up the grill and devour those burgers and kebobs you've been craving all winter. Of course, it's not quite that simple. The National Fire Protection Association reports that approximately 9,600 home fires are caused by grills annually, and on average, more than 19,000 peop...
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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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Designing the ultimate home therapy garden

Designing the ultimate home therapy garden
Reading time: 3 minutes  Mother Nature is a kind mistress who provides many healing elements through the senses. From the soothing colors of certain plants to the strong fragrance of flowers, many people find comfort in tending to a therapy garden. As you stay the CDC-recommended distance away from your neighbors (and strangers), taking part i...
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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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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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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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Winter survival tips for your roof – expert edition

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​From the rough weather to the frigid temps, winter can do a number on your roof. That's why we reached out to Novalis Roofing & Siding , which has served Northern New Jersey homeowners for more than 80 years. Owner Jonathan Novalis gave us expert insight to combat the major roofing problems of the season and important tips to keep your home's ...
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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 main...
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Top New Year’s Resolutions – Homeowner(s) Edition

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This year, more and more people are resolving to be healthier in 2020. Why not make the same promise to your house? We asked homeowners to tell us their 2020 home resolutions, and their answers may surprise you.  Home Resolution #1 – A DIY redesign ​ The house was built around 1910 and has a central staircase with two rooms up, two rooms down,...
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How to defend your home against the critter invasion

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Winter brings guests to your home for the holidays, but some—like rodents, spiders, and other small invaders—you want to keep out. Here's how. 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 u...
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Rooftop maintenance you should do now (before it’s too late)

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Santa's annual rooftop adventure will be here before we know it, so keep your roof in tip-top condition with these helpful tips. ​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...
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3 homeowner horror stories that will give you the heebie-jeebies

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Chills, thrills, and spills. These homeowners walked into their slightly-used digs and walked out - or fled  after their houses turned on them. ​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 ow...
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The trouble with trees

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If a tree falls on your property, it'll make some noise and cause some damage. Prevent a dangerous situation with our all-in-one guide on tree removal. ​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 n...
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Not-so-scary essential fall home maintenance

Not-so-scary essential fall home maintenance
Get over your fear of tackling your home maintenance list with these essential autumn repairs you can complete before the trick-or-treaters arrive. ​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...
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