Diamond Certified Blog

by James Florence
June 23, 2020

Now that Bay Area counties are finally reopening, many residents are playing catch-up with maintenance tasks that normally would’ve been completed earlier in the season. For example, your home’s windows may still be caked with residue from the rainy season. Before you reach for that bottle of glass cleaner, consider a better option: hiring a professional window washer. Here are a few reasons you should leave your panes to the pros. Read more

by Matt Solis
April 15, 2020

The COVID-19 “Shelter in Place” mandates will soon be lifted, which means you’ll be able to take advantage of the warm weather and finish those outdoor projects you’ve been putting off. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling.

by Matt Solis
April 15, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, it’s vital to stay informed on what to do and where to go if you need help. If you’re a Bay Area resident, refer to the following list to find information and resources in your specific county.

by Matt Solis
April 15, 2020

Soon, the Bay Area’s “Shelter in Place” mandates will be lifted and it will be time to return to your normal activities. Since you’re someone who Plans Ahead, now is the time to call Diamond Certified companies and discuss future work. Use this checklist as a guide to ensure you’re prepared to get back into the swing of things.

by Matt Solis
April 15, 2020

There’s no getting around it—the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has temporarily changed the way our society functions, both economically and socially. Here in the Bay Area, we’ve been under a “Shelter in Place” mandate for longer than anywhere in the United States, which means our restaurants, bars, parks, museums and other gathering places have been off limits for the first time ever. It’s a challenging and stressful situation for everyone involved, and the ever-changing nature of the relief efforts makes it difficult to plan for any sort of concrete future.

by Matt Solis
April 15, 2020

In times of stress, people naturally become more risk-averse, and our current COVID-19 situation is no exception. Of course, working with high-quality local companies is always a smart idea, but it’s especially important during these trying times, when first-rate service and communication are the keys to returning to normalcy as quickly as possible. That’s where the Diamond Certified Plan Ahead Advantage comes into play—it’s the best way to make sure you and your family are set up for success.

by Matt Solis
April 15, 2020

We are American Ratings Corporation (ARC), creators of the Diamond Certified® Resource. Our mission is to define excellence and identify for consumers the highest quality local companies. We pioneered rating local companies based on customer satisfaction in 1990, before the internet existed. Just like you, our home is the Greater Bay Area, and our entire team is dedicated to ensuring you have confidence in the companies you choose. We are committed to performing all ratings and ongoing certification work with the highest integrity and accuracy.

by James Florence
March 17, 2020

A shower enclosure is the centerpiece of any bathroom. Accordingly, when installing or remodeling a shower enclosure, it’s important to take a mindful approach to design. Additionally, after the enclosure is completed, ongoing maintenance is necessary to protect your investment. In the following article, seven Diamond Certified Expert Contributors share their tips for designing and maintaining a shower enclosure. Read more

by James Florence
March 13, 2020

While the recent coronavirus pandemic has yet to reach crisis levels in the United States, it nonetheless has had a dramatic impact on daily life for some areas of the country, including the San Francisco Bay Area. From low supplies of products like hand sanitizer and toilet paper to the closure of theme parks and cancellation of live events, all Bay Area residents are feeling the effects of COVID-19, even if few are experiencing its symptoms. Read more