Diamond Certified Blog

by James Florence
November 05, 2019

Interior lighting design isn’t as simple as it might seem. It’s not just about maximizing visibility—it’s also about creating the right ambience, optimizing functionality and lowering energy costs. Whether you’re remodeling your home or you just want to make a few upgrades, a carefully considered design can help you make the most of your interior lighting. Here are a few tips: Read more

by James Florence
October 31, 2019

Everyone knows the best part of Halloween (other than the candy) is dressing up in costume. Most of us have at least one Halloween costume that stands out in our memory, whether it made us feel proud, slightly awkward or downright embarrassed. Whatever the case, these memories can make for amusing and even heartfelt stories later in life. Below, we’ll hear from members of the Diamond Certified Resource team as they reminisce about their most memorable Halloween costumes. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
October 30, 2019

With wildfires threatening residential areas in multiple parts of California, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency. Once again, Sonoma County residents must grapple with fire, heat, and smoke affecting their homes and communities.

As previous wildfire events have taught us, recovery is a slow and often confusing process. That’s why we’ve provided a recovery resource page to help you get started and make sense of your options. Visit our California Wildfire Recovery Resource Page

You can also visit our wildfire preparedness page for information on preventing future wildfires. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
October 29, 2019

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
October 24, 2019

Have you ever lost your luggage at an airport? I’m not talking about leaving it on the plane or not finding it on the baggage claim carousel. Have you ever left a bag in the airport’s economy parking lot? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll see it again, but it won’t be easy. So, how do you start tracking it down?

Fortunately, this happens to jet-lagged travelers pretty frequently, so airports have a process for bags that are accidentally left behind. (I speak from very recent experience!) The best thing you can do is go back to the airport parking lot or the terminal (if you can) and start talking to people who work there. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
October 22, 2019

Steph Curry and Lebron James use them, but does that mean you and your child need them as well? Many people who participate in athletics wear mouthguards to prevent oral injuries, and not just those who play at the highest levels of competition. It’s estimated that 10 to 20 percent of all sports injuries affect the face, mouth or jaw, making it prudent for those who play contact sports to protect their teeth and gums. However, not all mouthguards offer the same level of protection. Read more

by James Florence
October 17, 2019

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips for selecting and maintaining home appliances. One tip recommended assessing an appliance’s size dimensions (among other specifications) to verify compatibility with your home’s layout. To gain further insight, watch this video on measuring for a new refrigerator by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Patterson, sales associate at Martin & Harris Appliances in San Rafael.

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by James Florence
October 15, 2019

You rely on your home appliances to perform a lot of tasks, from cooking food to cleaning dishes and clothes. Not surprisingly, when even one appliance stops working, it can throw a wrench into your daily routine. That’s why it’s wise to invest in quality appliances and be proactive about keeping them maintained. In the following article, seven Diamond Certified Expert Contributors provide their tips for choosing and maintaining home appliances. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
October 10, 2019

Modern society relies on computers more than ever, which means when something goes wrong, everything in your life can come to a halt. However, if you run into computer trouble, you don’t have to rely on a big-box electronics store for service—there are many independent companies that provide a full range of repair options for computers, tablets and cellphones. In this article, we’ll go over what these companies offer and learn some of their tips for keeping your electronics running at their best. Read more

by James Florence
October 08, 2019

Due to concerns over high wildfire risk, PG&E has scheduled power blackouts throughout much of the Bay Area on Wednesday, October 9. Starting at midnight, the utility company will begin shutting off power to targeted areas in more than 30 counties, including Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara. It’s estimated that up to 800,000 PG&E customers will be affected by the blackouts. Read more