vipHomeLink Blog

Check out our latest blogs about homes, home ownership, our studies, and member stories.
May
17

Tools & Tips for Unclogging a Toilet or a Drain

When a toilet won't flush, it is one of the most panic-inducing situations known to man. You are minding your own business when suddenly, the water is not receding, but rising. You hold your breath and hope. Then, your plumbing eventually wins the battle and the water goes down with a satisfying (and nerve calming) slosh. However, if it doesn't just go away – and you cross that threshold into danger territory, you know the water will just keep coming and the fear of an overflowing toilet takes over! We want you to be able to defend yourself against clogs and the best way to do that is to arm yourself with the right equipment.

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May
10

A Guide to Hurricane Prep

Over a typical 2-year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of 3 hurricanes, 1 of which is usually classified as a major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater). Instead of retreating into panic mode, the best plan of action is to stay calm and get prepared. Since it happens to be National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we do not want anyone caught off-guard this hurricane season – even if you've been through a hurricane before.Being prepared still makes a big difference.  

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May
06

Do You Have a Home Inventory?

Close your eyes.Now, can you name everything in that room? What about the most valuable items? How about your entire house? Our guess is most likely not. If you have a home inventory, not being able to complete this exercise is not a problem. But, if you don't have a home inventory, imagine what would happen if a fire broke out and destroyed portions of your home. How would you be able to document and prove your loss of valuables and personal belongings to your home insurance company?  

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May
01

Guide to Buying A New Home

Guide to Buying A New Home
Few things in life bring on more excitement or more stressful than buying a home. We all fantasize about our perfect home, whether it's the chef's kitchen, the master bedroom oasis or the fenced in yard for Fido, we all have a vision of our future home. It is easy to get swept up in to the fantasy of home buying, but the reality is that buying a home is a huge financial investment that should not be taken lightly or without doing your homework in advance. ​ Before you Buy  1. Get Your ...
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Apr
24

Are Solar Panels Right for Me?

On Monday, people around the world celebrated Earth Day–where they attended outdoor events, planted trees, and showed their support for the environment and our planet. In honor of Earth Day, today's blog focuses on the growing demand and need for alternative energy solutions for homeowners.  

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Apr
15

Best Apps for Your Home

Life is busier than ever, and apps can make things easier!Apps to help you manage your home and make your household more efficient are some of the newest and most exciting ways to simplify our lives!Luckily for us, we are in the golden age of apps – and while that definitely means quantity, it doesn't always mean quality.Too many apps and, suddenly, our life is more complicated again!They take up more and more real estate on our phones, and before you know it – you have 50 Apps that you don't even use or know what they do!To help streamline the chaos and we've compiled a list of top home apps to look out for:  

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Mar
29

Washers and Dryers...What Every Homeowner Needs to Know to Keep Your Property Safe From Avoidable Accidents.

Lurking in your home are two appliances that might appear to be innocent but are harboring a deep secret: the ability to cause catastrophic damage. While washers and dryers help make our lives easier, they can become a real headache if not properly maintained.  

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Mar
25

Is Your Home Ready for Spring?

Daffodil stems are peeking out and you might even be noticing some warmer weather! You may be ready for it, but is your house? Spring is the perfect time to give your home some touch-ups and conduct some valuable maintenance after a long winter. Check out this list of our top tips for making Spring home improvements:

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Mar
20

Organizing Your Home

Spring is that time of the year when we all begin to take stock after the winter months.We like to freshen things up and even clear out some of the clutter.It's a great time to get organized.Yet, identifying where to start can sometimes be challenging. In today's post, we are going to provide some great tips for home owners to get their homes more organized:  

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Mar
08

10 Things a New Homeowner Must Do When Moving In

 Moving into a new home is a very exciting experience. We all want to be the best homeowners we can be and with a new home you are starting with a blank slate. You may be thinking of all the ways you want to arrange your furniture or decorate your home, but we have compiled a list of the 10 most important things that every new homeowner should do.

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Feb
06

Homeowners Insurance and Pets: What You Need to Know

Americans love their pets, in fact, over 79 million homes have at least one nonhuman family member! What might surprise you is that your homeowners insurance treats your pet like a member of the family too! However, not all pets are covered. You might also be surprised to know that one of the most common home insurance claims is the result of dog bites! If you have a pet and are buying a home or already own one, we've got you covered here as we break down what you need to know about homeowners insurance and pets.

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Jan
19

10 Ways to Get Discounts on Your Homeowners Insurance

We all love saving money! We're going to show you how to do just that with some discounts on your homeowners insurance! Your insurance provider might share a few of the discounts that you are eligible for, it is really up to you to figure if you qualify. To help make it faster and easier to get these savings, check out these 10 discounts that are most commonly offered by insurers. 

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Jan
10

How to Save Money on Your Utility Bill

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How to Cut Your Utility Bill As the weather turns colder and the days are shorter, the average family consumes more energy in the winter than in the summer. Not only can this be a strain on the environment and resources, but it can also put a lot of pressure on your wallet. Here's some great tips from the experts at vipHomeLink to help you significantly reduce your utility bill by making a few small changes. Let the Sun Shine In Use the natural lights of daylight hours to help light your home an...
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Dec
24

Know Your Heating System and How to Keep it in Good Working Order?

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 Heating usually makes up approximately 40% or more of your utility bill, and conducting proper maintenance of your heating system can actually help you save money. The first step in keeping your heating system working is knowing which type of system you have.

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Nov
30

Water Damage in Your Home: What You Need to Know

Water Damage in Your Home: What You Need to Know
What are the common causes of home flooding? When most of us hear the word flood our minds go to natural disasters and Mother Nature wreaking havoc. However, this is not the only cause of a home flood. Water damage can be caused by a variety of problems inside the home. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the second leading cause of home insurance claims and costs an average of $9,600. Home flooding can happen for many different reasons, some of the most common are:...
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Nov
21

Cooking Safety Tips

Cooking Safety Tips
Cooking can bring us together, show love, and nourish our bodies, however cooking fires are the cause of 50% of home fires. Holidays such as Thanksgiving only increase the risk. In fact, the number of home fires doubles on Thanksgiving Day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. It is imperative to take the proper precaution to prevent fires. By following a few safety tips you can greatly decrease your chance of a home fire due to cooking. Be Alert If you have not gotten enough sleep or have ...
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Oct
31

What Not To Store in Your Garage

What Not To Store in Your Garage
Checklist of What NOT to Store in Your Garage Firewood: It's super convenient to keep a stockpile of wood inside the garage (so you don't have to go out into the freezing cold this winter!). However, it can be a real target for pests that would love to invade your home. We recommend keeping firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, and the garage. Extra fuel: Many people find it convenient to store fuel for appliances like a generator in the garage.  However, this is best stored in a s...
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Oct
24

Prevention of In-Home Floods

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One of the most common problems homeowners face is water damage due to a major leak or flood in their home caused by a plumbing failure.  Approximately 20-30% of home insurance claims are due to (non-weather related) home flooding. This is approximately 7x more common than claims related to house fires!  Many of these floods are preventable.  Did you know there is an electronic innovation, available at most home improvement stores, that can give you a major advantag...
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Oct
24

Roof Maintenance is Important in the Fall

Roof Maintenance is Important in the Fall
Replacing an entire roof can take a lot of time and money (costing around $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the size and type).  Homeowners can avoid costly problems with their roof and prolong its life with proper maintenance a couple of times per year.  Conducting maintenance on your roof can also be important for your homeowners insurance.  Insurance companies are more reluctant to honor a claim for roof damage if the roof was not well-maintained in the first place. He...
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Sep
26

What Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide In The Home

What Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide In The Home
If you're a homeowner, you know that home safety is important.  People talk about it all the time.  When you buy your home, an expert even comes out to do an inspection to assure you that your home is "safe." They even make you pay for it!  Did you know that most homeowners own something in their home that, if it were to malfunction, could kill them in less than 3 minutes?  What if I told you that not only could this happen, but there would be no visible s...
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