Kick The Summer Off Right with These 10 Grilling Safety Tips

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes  The unofficial start of summer has arrived! 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 av...
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The Trouble with Trees

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Reading time: 4 minutes National Arbor Day is generally the last week of April, though some states celebrate it at different times of the year, depending upon their planting season.  Here at vipHomeLink, we're all about celebrating trees as they help to keep our collective home, Planet Earth, alive and healthy. However, as homeowners, we under...
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Air Quality Problems? Open Windows and Other Easy Tips

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Reading time: 4 minutes  Getting a breath of fresh air in your home may be harder than you think. Indoor air can be full of pollutants that can influence your living environment. Carpeting has volatile organic compounds that give off a gas, and even your shower curtain has hazardous air pollutants. Your home may also have radon and carbon mono...
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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 degr...
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Quick TIPS: Spring Cleaning 2021 Safety Tips

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is here, which means soon you'll be going all Marie Kondo on your home. But before you start your spring cleanup, we have a few quick tips that'll keep all your cleaning from going to waste and keep your family healthy year-round.  Spring cleaning "cleaning" tips  Use (several) microfiber cloths (they're cle...
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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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7 Retro Items No Longer in Your Home + Safety Tips for Your Modern Abode

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National Retro Day is February 27th, so in honor of yesteryear, we're taking a look back at items that were once in your home or ones that have transformed over the years. We also threw in a few modern tips to keep your home safe and groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing mach...
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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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Outsmart Radon, the Invisible Killer

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Reading time: 3 minutes Imagine Dragons have it right in their song "Radioactive." When they sing, "I'm breathing in the chemicals," they aren't kidding. Radon is, in fact, radioactive, and it can be deadly.  In honor of National Radon Action Month (yes, that is a thing, and yes, we have no doubt you're googling it right now), we reached out t...
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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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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 th...
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Sleep Like a Baby: Infant Safety Checklist Nursery Edition

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​Congratulations! You are a soon-to-be mommy or daddy! We know what you're thinking, "How can I keep my baby safe at home?" Well, you've come to the right place. In honor of Baby Safety Month, sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), we've put together these quick tips to address safety concerns for infants at home. Star...
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Unfortunate Labor Day Cooking Mishaps That Can Ruin Your BBQ

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Reading time: 4 minutes  ​Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, and if you're a summer griller, then this is your last hurrah of the season. Unfortunately, it's also prime time for cooking mishaps. Enjoy the remaining lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer by avoiding these common cooking and/or grilling mishaps that can land you or som...
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The Tornado Preparedness Checklist for Your Home

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Reading time: 5 minutes While "Tornado Alley" may be located in the center of the US, tornadoes have been happening frequently in other parts of the country as well. For those of us who aren't Dorothy Gale, check out these tornado safety tips to help your family avoid a dangerous situation with Mother Nature. #1 - Make a home checklist and complete...
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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 t...
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5 Tips to Save Your Home from Severe Summer Storms

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes  It's not every day your Zoom call gets interrupted with, "Hey, everyone. I have to log off and head down to my basement. There's a tornado not too far from here." That happened recently during one of our team's conference calls, so it occurred to us that perhaps it's time to put together some storm preparation t...
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[Infographic] Social Distancing To-Do List – Home Improvement Projects During the Pandemic

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Reading time: 5 minutes  We know you love your home – or at least, you live there. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all American homeowners are planning to give their homes more TLC. A survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of us (vipHomeLink) revealed how homeowners are tackling home maintenance or improvement projects duri...
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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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Introducing the vipHome Podcast

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Have a homeowner horror story? You're not alone! Here at vipHomeLink, the crew has seen our share of flooded basements, broken pipes, bats in the attic, and electrical surges. Our mission is to "prevent the preventable," which is why we want to share our stories to stop similar disasters from occurring in your house. Introducing the vipHome Po...
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