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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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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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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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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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Top 10 Home Improvements That Add Value

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Reading time: 4 minutes​ We know you don't want to just maintain your home. You also want to add value to it. After all, your home is the place you live, sleep, and perhaps work – and it's also your greatest investment. To help you make the most of your home efforts, here are the best home improvements to increase the value of your house, ranked by...
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Snow Problems? Not with These Winter Tips for Homeowners

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​Shoveling, frostbite, missing gloves – snow can be a pain in your winter boot. To your home, it can mean water damage, cracked walkways, and flooded basements. So when you hear winter weather is on the way, avoid dangerous situations with these tips for preparing your house for snow! Clean your gutters  ​Do gutters cause ice dams? No, no...
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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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Summer Lawn Care Tips: How to Keep Your Lawn Green

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Reading time: 3 minutes The summer can be harsh on your skin and your lawn. A few sweltering days can leave your lawn with an unfortunate case of sunburn. If your lawn is quickly losing its green color, now's the time to save it! Check out these tips for taking care of your lawn in the summer heat, and you might just find yourself enjoying a lush, ...
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Swimming Pool Care Tips You Might Not Know (but You Should)

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​No school? Time to get in the pool! But there are few maintenance techniques and developments in the pool industry (dare we say - "smart pools") that can help you take better care of your backyard oasis. That's why Host (and vipHomeLink Founder and CEO) Alfred Bentley recently welcomed Jeremy Johnson from America's Swimming Pool Company of the Gre...
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Trust Your Nose: How to Check Your Gas Grill for a Leak

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Reading time: 3 minutes Natural gas is an efficient, convenient, and money-saving energy source used in many homes. However, it's highly flammable, and every so often, you'll see a news story where a natural gas leak led to a home explosion. Here at vipHomeLink, we're all about preventing the preventable, and our Founder and CEO Alfred Bentley rece...
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Pool Maintenance 101: How to Have a Swimming Good Time This Summer

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​Reading time: 4 minutes In the summer, your swimming pool is one of the most popular areas of your home, but it's not all sunshine and pool noodles. Pool regular maintenance is necessary on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis to keep the structure and swimmers healthy. Before you dive into your backyard oasis, get your pool ready for summ...
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7 Awesome Backyard Upgrades That Will Totally Make Your Summer

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Reading time: 3.5 minutes Summer is right around the bend, but is your home ready? We've already dug into the ins and outs of gardening for curb appeal, so now might be the time to show your backyard some TLC. Here's seven backyard improvements that add value to your home and enjoyment to your life. #1 - Make a place to chill - a deck or patio You ...
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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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Designing the Ultimate Home Therapy Garden

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Reading time: 3 minutes  Mother Nature is a kind mistress who provides many healing elements through the senses. From the soothing colors of certain plants to the strong fragrance of flowers, many people find comfort in tending to a therapy garden. As you stay the CDC-recommended distance away from your neighbors (and strangers), taking part i...
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Do’s and Don’ts When Starting a Home Garden

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes Happy spring! This is the time of April showers, which bring May flowers (or in my case, a wet basement). But as you stay inside to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be wondering, "How do I start gardening at home?" Hosts Caroline and Jeff welcomed Erik Maietta of Country Mile Garden on a recent episode of the vip...
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5 Super Easy Home Improvements That Don’t Require an Outing

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Before retreating into your home, you probably made a list of essentials to pick up (toilet paper and mac and cheese, of course), but you might have left off "neutral color paint" to refresh the living room. While you might not have the supplies you need for certain tasks, that doesn't mean you have to hit pause on all you...
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