By default, most remodeling projects performed in California end up being fairly Green due to the state’s strict requirements regarding energy efficiency and environmental impact. However, few homeowners realize the extent to which they can exceed these minimum standards and really “Green up” their projects. Follow these tips for a Greener remodeling project: Read more
I was sitting around with a group of girlfriends at the end of last year and the conversation got around to all the things we meant to do in 2019 but didn’t. It was interesting to hear how differently we all prioritize tasks and projects and keep putting some things off for months and even years. The discussion got me thinking about how I could be more productive in the coming year. So, I made a list of random things I’m working on in 2020 or that I recently completed. My list might get you thinking about yours. Read more
Have you noticed unusual developments in your home’s water pressure or quality? It’s possible that you need a water line replacement. But how can you know for sure if this is necessary? And if it is, what options do you have? What if you can’t afford to replace your water lines?
In the following article, we’ll answer these questions and more with the help of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bill Shepherd, owner of Shepherd’s Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Mountain View. Read more
Have you received your free copy of the 2020 Winter 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 home remodeling to optometry and dentistry.
Every Diamond Certified company must continue to deliver on its promises to you, the consumer. That’s why we conduct ongoing customer satisfaction research, perform credential-based ratings, monitor each company’s performance, and back you up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Read more
Since your roof is above your sightline, it’s easy to ignore…that is, until it starts leaking. To avoid this situation, you’ll need to be diligent about maintaining your roof. Of course, like many homeowners, you may not know the first thing about roof maintenance. Not to worry—we’ve invited nine Diamond Certified Expert Contributors in the roofing industry to share their expertise on this topic. Read on to learn more! Read more
After age 40, our eyes naturally begin to lose the ability to focus on near objects. The clinical term for this phenomenon is presbyopia, but the more common name is farsightedness. This condition can affect people who’ve never had problems with their vision before. With our growing reliance on smartphones and computers for our work and social lives, treating farsightedness is essential for daily comfort. Read more
These days, the old-fashioned look is all the rage, especially when it comes to home décor. If you’re installing a new door, fence, deck or similar wood feature, you’ll be glad to know there’s an easy, low-cost technique to artificially age wood and achieve an antique aesthetic. Read more
In addition to being top rated for quality and customer satisfaction, Diamond Certified companies are known for providing Helpful Expertise®. This is especially true for companies whose owners and managers have become Diamond Certified Expert Contributors by sharing their industry expertise via articles and videos on the Diamond Certified website. In 2019, the number of Diamond Certified Expert Contributors continued to grow, bringing another abundant harvest of Helpful Expertise®. In this post, we’ve published a handful of highlights from this year’s Expert tips. Read more
With PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs affecting millions in Northern California this year, many residents are now searching for alternative methods for powering their homes. Some have turned to portable generators. Although they’re relatively inexpensive, generators consume gasoline, produce noise and fumes, and require regular maintenance to run reliably. For a more permanent and environmentally-friendly solution, some homeowners are investigating solar power. But not all solar systems will provide electricity in the event of a power outage, so it’s important to do your homework before making a decision. Read more