Diamond Certified Blog

by James Florence
July 08, 2021

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer, you’ll need to take precautions against ticks. This tip sheet outlines some basic tick safety tips, including what to do if you find one on you. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
July 06, 2021

Last month, we took a look at pest control for businesses; this month, we’re examining pest control strategies for your home. With our moderate climate, pests are a year-round nuisance for Bay Area homeowners. Pests don’t go away on their own, so if an infestation is left unaddressed, it can lead to significant property damage and even harm the health of your family and pets. Keep reading to find out how pest control professionals handle a variety of common household invaders. Read more

by James Florence
July 01, 2021

Fourth of July fireworks may be fun, but they can also be dangerous. Reduce the risk at this year’s celebration by following these safety guidelines: Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
June 29, 2021

Welcome Aboard!

We’re pleased to announce that the following companies have recently been awarded Diamond Certified. That means they’ve passed our rigorous 12-step rating process and scored Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise®. Read more

by Chris Bjorklund
June 24, 2021

It’s amazing how some consumer complaints can easily be resolved when a responsive provider does something a little extra and unexpected. That was my experience on our first family vacation since the pandemic began. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
June 22, 2021

As we slowly return to our workplaces, some of us have discovered that the office needs a little TLC. With buildings vacant for so long, it’s not unusual to find a variety of critters now residing in a once-shuttered office, classroom or cafe. Keeping a workspace pest-free is important for the health and safety of both employees and customers. Thankfully, many companies specialize in providing pest control solutions for commercial settings. Read more

by James Florence
June 15, 2021

Another summer is here and things are already starting to warm up. If your home has air conditioning, beating the heat will be a cinch, but you shouldn’t take your system for granted. To learn about A/C maintenance and cost-saving strategies, we talked to seven Diamond Certified Expert Contributors in the HVAC industry. Read more

by Matt Solis
June 10, 2021

Have you received your free copy of the 2021 Summer Diamond Certified Directory Update in the mail? It provides instant access to hundreds of local, top rated Diamond Certified companies across a wide range of service industries, from auto repair and real estate to optometry and dentistry. Read more

by James Florence
June 08, 2021

Is your garage a mess? Has it become a ragtag catch-all for anything that doesn’t have a place? Don’t feel bad—this is a common scenario among homeowners. The problem with garages is they’re too often regarded as separate from rather than part of the house. When you shift to the latter perspective, you can start to appreciate your garage’s potential as a functional and even enjoyable area of your home. Read more

by James Florence
June 03, 2021

As California faces another year of drought, everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area is once again being urged to conserve water. While those of us whose homes are connected to city water supply networks will be doing our part, it can be easy to take this admonishment for granted—after all, no matter what happens, we can rely on water coming out when we turn on the faucet. However, for many rural homeowners, water conservation is less a civic responsibility than an act of survival. Read more