When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors? Made sure you have GFCI outlets installed where they are required? Replaced the hose to your washer? (And it’s a braided metal hose, right? Not rubber?) There is a lot to track inside your home, and vipHomeLink can help.
Enter the Home Fitness Index (HFI). The HFI tells you how “in shape” your home currently is on a scale from 0 to 100. (Technically, the scale starts at five – you own a home. You get points for that!) Then the app tells you how to increase your home’s index through tailored recommendations and personalized reminders.
Start flexing your home’s muscles with these simple steps.
Step 1: Get your current HFI
Subscribe to the app. Then you’ll be prompted to fill out your property profile with information, such as:
- Last electrical safety check? (Enter date.)
- Exterior walkway conditions?
- Proper grounding for your outlets? (We’ll tell you how to check these safely.)
- Proximity of trees to your home?
- Latest CO detector battery check?
As you fill out your profile, you’ll see your HFI rise. Some inputs are weighted more heavily than others and will boost your home index once entered, such as checking your smoke detectors. (Our app can remind you to do this monthly!)
Insider TIP: Recently brought your home? Create a home inventory. That will help you fill out 95 percent of your property profile.
Once you fill out your entire profile, you’ll have your current HFI. (Mine is 55.)
Step 2: Keep your Home Fitness Index high
To maintain your HFI, you’ll need to complete routine maintenance on your house. This can include checking your carbon monoxide detectors, cleaning out your gutters, and fixing that crack in your walkway. As the customized reminders pop into your dashboard, you’ll be prompted to complete the necessary maintenance and repairs.
If – for whatever reason – you can’t complete these tasks, you’ll see your HFI begin to drop. This means your house is getting out of shape and requires your attention. Simply complete the outstanding tasks as time allows to raise your index again.
Listening to your reminders will also help to extend the life of your appliances and systems, ultimately saving you time and money. A well-maintained home increases in value, and most home buyers look for homes that do not need any major repairs. (And it’s good for your “forever” home not to need major repairs, too.)
Insider TIP: Right below your HFI, you’ll find the Money Meter. This gauge shows how much value you have added to your home simply by taking care of it. (Mine is approaching $$$.)
Step 3: Study up with our vipTIPS
Owning a home can be difficult. The app’s vipTIPS section will help you make sense of everything within your home, with expert advice on how to manage and maintain it. This way, when you’re prompted to complete maintenance tasks by the app, you’ll know how to do so.
Insider TIP: There’s always something new to learn about owning a home, and that’s why our vipTIPS section is an ever-expanding library. Be sure to check it regularly to see what’s new, including tips to improve your Home Fitness Index.
In the new year, whip your home into shape with the help of vipHomeLink. Subscribe today!