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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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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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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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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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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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Safety Checks for Your Deck and 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! Joe...
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How to Avoid Mistakes When Purchasing Homeowners Insurance for Two Homes

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Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love the idea of a cabin in the woods for a snowy holiday or a place down at the shore for the summer? A seasonal or vacation home is one of life's amazing benefits, but insuring it properly can be a challenge. We reached out to Katie Unruh Vang of Unruh Insurance Agency, who has been part of the insurance indust...
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Top 10 Title Insurance Questions You Want to Ask But Never Have And Absolutely Should

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​You picked your dream house. Your offer has been accepted and a home inspection completed. Now your attorney contacts the title insurance agency. You might be wondering, "Do I need title insurance?" "Besides life insurance, it's the one insurance you will buy that you hope you never have to use," says Mike Carella, Founder ...
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DIY Home Electrical Projects You Can Tackle (and When to Call in the Home Pros)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love a good DIY project? From changing the water valve in the toilet to patching a hole in drywall, you're quite the craftsperson. But there's one type of project you should always approach with the utmost caution: electrical. Electrical home projects can be dangerous, but there are a few you may be able tackle b...
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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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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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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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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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Fall Home Projects 2020: Get Your Maintenance On

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Reading time: 3 minutes Remember how long March was this year? Well, guess what? It's already fall! As more homeowners are improving their homes this year, we wanted to help by giving you the prime fall home improvement ideas for 2020. We reached out to Matt Van Cleve, a home improvement contractor who has been helping homeowners enhance their...
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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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