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Weekend Wisdom: Top 11 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes The moment you've been waiting for all year is finally here - the start of summer! While your shorts and flip flops may be ready, is your home? Like your skin needs sunscreen, your home also needs protection from the harsh elements. That's why we put together these summer maintenance tips for your home - to help you prepar...
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5 Pool Safety Tips for Summer

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Safety first! That should always be your mantra around the pool, but what steps should you take to make sure your pool is safe for everyone this summer? "There's a wide variety of safety equipment out there," says Jason Ori of Rosebrook Custom Inground Pools. "The pool industry now has a tremendous amount of products that are available to make sure...
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The 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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Hurricane season is back, and once again, it's no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns of an above-normal storm season. That means you can expect power outages, storm surges, and other perilous problems, now through November 30. An unprepared homeowner can be left with thousands of dollars in damage fr...
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Summer Tips: Keeping Your Backyard Pool Healthy & Clean

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Reading time: 3 minutes Pools are made for enjoying, but along with the cannonballs and mandatory flamingo floaties also comes pool maintenance and safety. If you have a backyard oasis, you need to keep the water clean and the area safe to make sure you, your family, and your guests can enjoy the pool to the fullest. That's why we reached out to Ja...
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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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3 Best House Locations (and What’s Wrong with Them)

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Reading time: 6.5 minutes You know the saying. Location, location, location! That's never more important than when you're searching for a new home. That's why we wanted to explore three of the best locations to buy a home – what's good and bad about them – so you know just what you're getting into. Living by water  How important is location? T...
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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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Loss of Water Pressure in Your Home? 4 Ways to Get it Back

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Reading time: 3 minutes No one wants to go back to the days of antique water pumps and lack of indoor plumbing, but that's what it feels like when water pressure in your home gives out suddenly. We spoke to Tom Mahoney of Little Tommy's Plumbing Shop to find out what causes low water pressure in your home and how you can get it back. Please note: T...
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7 Common Dishwasher Problems That Are Super Easy to Fix (If You Know How)

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Reading time: 5 minutes There's almost nothing more annoying than reaching for a plate before dinner and finding it dirty. In fact, there's a whole day dedicated to preventing such a situation – No Dirty Dishes Day (aka May 18th). In honor of this fun holiday, we decided to help you eliminate dirty dishes by tackling seven common dishwasher problem...
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Braided Metal Hoses: 5 Reasons They Should Be in Your Home

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Reading time: 3 minutes Homeownership can be difficult, but some quick additions can potentially save you thousands of dollars. One of these easy solutions is installing a braided metal hose or stainless steel braided hose. But why exactly should you install these small – and cost-saving – hoses on your appliances? For that answer, we reached out t...
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Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Handy Dad

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your dad loves to D-I-Y (do-it-yourself). He fixed the toilet when it wouldn't stop running. He vacuums the refrigerator coils every six months and cleans the dryer vent annually, but Dad is busy. This Father's Day, make his DIY life just a little bit easier with this list of best gifts for handy dads. Wyze Cam Pan Dad works...
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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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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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Taking a Bite Out of Homes: Termite Q&A with a Board-Certified Entomologist from Orkin

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​It's termite season! The tiny insects generally swarm from March through June, though some termite species work year-round. Last year, termites were exceptionally busy. Orkin recently released their Third Annual Top Termite Cities List, and 2020 proved to be a record-breaking year for first-time customer termite treatments (from February 1, 2020 –...
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10 Ways to Save Gas, Electricity and Money from PSE&G

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How do you make your home more comfortable, avoid pollution linked to global warming, and lower your monthly energy bill all at once? The answers are in nearly every room of your house. That's where you'll find appliances and fixtures that could be wasting energy, and money. Many home appliances run on natural gas, and even those that don't may use...
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Mortgage Market Monitor Q2 2021 - Current Mortgage Trends

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Reading: 2 minutes While the intense real estate market has created new challenges for buyers and sellers, it also has revealed new opportunities for current homeowners and their mortgages. Sam Sharp, Executive Vice President of Guaranteed Rate, shared with us his insight into the current mortgage and refinancing trends in this edition of the Mortg...
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Upgrading Your Home Lighting? Here’s Why You Should Choose LEDs

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Home lighting is extremely important, especially if you're now working from home. Light bulbs that emit blue light waves create serotonin, which can make you more alert. These bulbs are generally a bright white color. Bulbs that produce a soft, warm white produce melatonin, which can relax you after a long day at the home ...
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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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