Save Your Toilet, Save the Planet: Water Efficiency Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  As Captain Planet informed us, our water supply is not infinite. In fact, 97.5 percent of all of Earth's water is saltwater, and 2 percent of the Earth's freshwater supply is trapped in the ice caps and glaciers (though perhaps not for long). That means extraordinarily little water is potable. As if that's not enough m...
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20 Minutes to Better Homeownership – The Virtual Home Checkup

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Many homeowners get a physical every year. They also get an oil change for their car regularly. If so many people are taking care of their body and their car, why don't they take care of their home, their largest investment? Introducing the Virtual Home Checkup! The Virtual Home Checkup provides valuable home maintenance guidance and helps you...
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Top Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Rocks DIY

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes  ​Your mom does it all – including cleaning the gutters, installing a new ceiling fan, and replacing the air filters in the HVAC unit every three months. But it could be a little easier for your do-it-yourself mom with the right tools, equipment, and help. This May, give your mom the tools she needs to rock all her ho...
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Quick TIPS: Top Tips for Keeping Your Toddler Safe at Home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Toddlers are naturally curious and have a supreme knack for finding things that can put them in danger. Make sure your home is safe for their exploration with these quick tips.  (Looking for safety tips for newborns? Check out our "Infant safety checklist - nursery edition" now!) Secure empty electrical outlets​  P...
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The Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist You Must Check Off

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Reading time:4 minutes Despite spring taking so long to get here, the blustering hot days of summer will be here before you know it. Unfortunately, it may take a while for your HVAC maintenance professional to complete the annual spring maintenance to your unit, so here at vipHomeLink, we want to help you stay cool. Check out this sh...
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Safety Checks for Your Deck & Maintenance Tips You Need Before Summer

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​Reading time: 4.5 minutes One of the quintessential summer events is entertaining and just enjoying the outside relaxing and grilling on a deck, so as warmer weather arrives, it's important to make sure your structure is ready for some summer fun. We spoke with Joel Boyer of Unique Deck Builders to learn spring deck maintenance and safety tips! Jo...
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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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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 im...
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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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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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Major Appliance Maintenance That Prevents Home Fires and Floods

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Reading time: 4 minutes You only need to be without a refrigerator, oven, or washing machine for a few hours to be reminded how much you rely upon your home appliances. Unfortunately, they break down from time to time, often because of lack of home maintenance. Simply completing a few DIY home maintenance projects a year can help prolong the l...
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Top 10 Home Improvements That Add Value

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Reading time: 4 minutes​ We know you don't want to just maintain your home. You also want to add value to it. After all, your home is the place you live, sleep, and perhaps work – and it's also your greatest investment. To help you make the most of your home efforts, here are the best home improvements to increase the value of your house, ranked by...
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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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Rooftop Maintenance You Should Do Now (Before It’s Too Late)

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Reading time: 2 minutes  ​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 place. Avoid costly issues and prolong the life of your roof by completing a few routine maintenanc...
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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 Desig...
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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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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 E...
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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 e...
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Winter Is Coming: 10 Ways to Cut Your Utility Bill

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​Winter is coming...and with it comes higher energy bills. Not only can this put a strain on the environment, but it can also put a lot of pressure on your wallet. Keep more money in your bank account and keep your house (almost) as warm as summertime while reducing the energy you consume with a few quick and easy home ...
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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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