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

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Reading time: 6 minutes Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire 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 da...
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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 ...
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Homeowners Insurance Claims Process FAQs

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Reading time: 7 minutes ​ Here at vipHomeLink, we're always looking for ways to simplify your homeownership experience. As one in 20 homes typically have an insurance claim annually, we decided it was best to break down the homeowners insurance claims process, so you're prepared in the event you need to submit one. We spoke with Denise Click, Perso...
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10 Homeowners Insurance Tips the Pros Want You to Know

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Reading time: 5 minutes  ​ Owning a home is a grand adventure. Some days, you fix the house. Some days, the house destroys your bank account with flood damage. However, you can save your home – and your wallet – with the help of homeowners insurance. Insurance can be complex, but having the right coverage, agent, and carrier can help you navig...
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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 th...
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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 Jeff A...
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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 Desi...
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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 roo...
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Home Pest Control Tips That Actually Work

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​Reading time: 4.5 minutes  Ticks, bedbugs and squirrels – oh, my! And those are just three of the pests that look for a way inside your home. To find out how to protect your abode, we reached out to Glen Ramsey, Senior Technical Services Manager and board-certified entomologist for Orkin Pest Control . Glen earned a bachelor's and master's de...
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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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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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Power Up Your Energy-Saving Home Ideas

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Reading time : 6 minutes  Many millennial homeowners struggle with home maintenance costs . An easy way to save money - and help the environment - is to make your home more energy efficient. To help you find ways to increase your home's energy efficiency (and lower your bills), Caroline and Jeff welcomed Megan Turner and Pete Seyfer of Alliant...
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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...
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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 organ...
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What You Need to Know about Home Inspections from a Master Inspector

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Reading time: 6 minutes  You've found your dream home. It's in the neighborhood you wanted and has that open-concept kitchen you can't seem to forget. You can't wait to close and move in, but before you do that, you need to know more about the home. That's where a home inspection can help. We recently welcomed Alan Grubb, a Certified Master In...
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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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Answered: FAQs about Pet Safety at Home

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Reading time: 6 minutes  When vipHome Podcast Host Caroline Brenneis brought home Zoey, her mini-Australian Labradoodle puppy, she wanted to make sure her new furbaby stayed safe. But whether you're getting your first – or fifth! – pet, it's important to know the tips and tricks to keeping your pet safe when you're home or at work. That's why ...
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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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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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