vipHomeLink Blog

Check out our latest blogs about homes, home ownership, our studies, and member stories.
Jul
15

Fire Safety and Your Pet

In honor of American Humane's Pet Fire Safety Day, the experts at vipHomeLink have compiled some tips to help keep your family, including your fur babies, safe in case of a fire. In this blog you will find ways to help prevent a fire from being started by your pet, helpful advice for pet owners on how to be prepared for a fire, and what to do if there is a fire in your home. We want everyone to make it out of their home safely.

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Jul
02

Low Mortgage Rates: Is Now the Time to Buy or Refinance?

Mortgage rates are currently at an 18-month low, with some large lenders quoting a 30-year fixed rate mortgage below 4%! This means it may be a perfect time to refinance your mortgage.

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Jun
24

Pool Safety 101

A day at the pool should be fun and relaxing, however it can quickly turn in to tragedy. Drowning is the leading cause of preventable deaths in children ages 1-4. Having a pool is a major responsibility and it is every pool owner's obligation to ensure that their pool is safe for themselves and others. Recently, there have been some high-profile cases of children drowning in pools – and it is a reminder of the importance of pool safety. That's why the experts at vipHomeLink have put together these tips:  

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Jun
17

The Trouble with Trees

Trees are usually a beautiful asset to a home and yard and an important part of the environment. But what happens when trees become a nuisance or a danger to you or your property? vipHomeLink has compiled some advice on what to do before, during and after the removal of a tree on your property.  

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Jun
10

The 101 on Washing the Exterior of Your Home

The 101 on Washing the Exterior of Your Home
Every day, we clean our home to avoid clutter, dirt, dust and pests. However, it is just as important to clean the exterior of your home. Clearly you do not need to clean the outside of your home every day, but it does deserve some TLC every now and again. Washing the exterior of your home annually can be a wise investment.   Why Should I Clean My Home? ​ 1. Keep your house looking its best- Over the year harsh weather conditions and seasonal changes can leave your home covered in dirt, gri...
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May
31

Is Your Generator Ready for Summer Storm Season?

Is Your Generator Ready for Summer Storm Season?
Unfortunately, severe storms have affected millions of Americans recently. ​ This is just the beginning!  During the summer months, thunderstorms, tropical storms, hurricanes and even heat waves can leave many of us without power for days or weeks. In these situations, a generator can be a lifesaver.  If you don't have one, you might want to consider picking one up.  If you already own one, this is the time to conduct some maintenance and make sure it is in good con...
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May
24

Summer Safety Tips

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer! Time to get outdoors – whether you are swimming, grilling, or just spending time with family and friends. It's all fun and games, though, until someone gets injured. Children are often the most vulnerable. Over 3,000 children are injured as a result of outdoor BBQ grills and pool drownings continue to be a major problem. With some simple summer safety practices, you can sit back and enjoy the summer, worry-free.

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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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