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Brains & Brilliance: Women Inventors Who Revolutionized Our Homes

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Reading time: 5 minutes​ When you think about your home, it might be hard to imagine it without some of the most essential items – the electric refrigerator, your dishwasher, even your coffee filter. What you may not know is that many of these items were invented by women. In honor of Women's History Month, here's a list of women inventors who fund...
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14 Insanely Easy Ways to Show Your Home Some Love

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Let's be honest. There's almost as many love songs about your home as your significant other. From the New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen to country superstar Shaina Twain, people just love singing about where they hang their hat, but how much do they actually take care of it? This Valentine's Day, we have 14 ways you can show love for y...
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Routine Home Maintenance Plan for 2021

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Reading time: 3 minutes  New year, new you, old home. Give your home the love it deserves this year by making a new year's resolution to take better care of it. Start by completing these routine maintenance tasks that are routinely overlooked! #1 – Vacuum your dryer vent  ​More than 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported every year, and m...
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Winter Weekend To-Do Checklist

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​A winter wonderland might be fun and beautiful, but it can do a number on your home. That's why we put together this winter home maintenance all-in-one guide that you can check off in one weekend to save your home from winter's wrath! Outdoor winter maintenance​  Ah, the Great Outdoors! They can cause a lot of trouble for your property (and i...
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‘Tis the Season to Secure Your Home from Burglars and Porch Pirates

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  It's the holiday season, which means it's prime time for burglaries and package theft. In fact, a CNN study found that burglaries jump the week of Christmas, but even the everyday burglary stats are not jolly. In fact, according to the FBI – There are 1.2 million burglaries in 2018. A burglary happens every 25.7 seco...
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Top 12 Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5 minutes Before you light those candles or trim that tree, we've got the safety tips you need to keep your home merry, bright, and safe through the new year.  The winter holidays are less than a month away! Before you begin your celebrations (if you haven't already), here are 12 tips you need to know that will keep you and ...
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The Best Gifts for Your Home 2020

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Reading time: 6 minutes  As more people are staying home than ever before, our study with Kelton Global found that 54% of homeowners say the COVID-19 pandemic made them appreciate the safety of their homes even more. So why not be good to your home this holiday season? Give your abode the appreciation it deserves with presents that will keep i...
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Snow Problems? Not with These Winter Tips for Homeowners

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​Shoveling, frostbite, missing gloves – snow can be a pain in your winter boot. To your home, it can mean water damage, cracked walkways, and flooded basements. So when you hear winter weather is on the way, avoid dangerous situations with these tips for preparing your house for snow! Clean your gutters  ​Do gutters cause ice dams? No, no...
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The Best Weather App for Your Home

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​"Weather impacts our lives and our homes in so many ways," says vipHomeLink Founder + CEO Alfred Bentley. Whether you take an umbrella on your way out of the door or switch that outdoor run to a treadmill workout, is determined by what's happening outside your house. But weather is essential to the inside of your home as well. If the Polar Vortex ...
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The Ultimate Way to Prevent Catastrophic Water Damage While You’re on Winter Vacay

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Reading time: 5 minutes It's that time of the winter again. Halfway between the holidays and spring, you want to take a mid-winter break, but what happens to your house while you're away? Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can have a devastating effect on a home without proper preparation. Jeff Hoffmann from Schaible's Plumbing & Heating Inc...
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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 t...
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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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Baby, It's Cold Outside: How to Bleed Air from Baseboard Heating Systems & the Most Popular Heating Systems Maintenance

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"I loved the Polar Vortex, so I'm not going to complete the routine maintenance to keep my heating system working," said no one ever.   ​Heating is no joking matter. A cold winter's night can be unpleasant at best, and rather than suffering through with blanket forts and warm tea (if you have a gas stove), complete the proper maintenance to a)...
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist - Heating Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes You're burning daylight. With the usual suspects—Jack Frost, snow, and higher utility bills—arriving sooner rather than later, you need to prepare your home for those long, cold winter nights. We have a list of afforadable home heating systems maintenance that is so quick and easy, you might be able to complete it ...
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