Diamond Certified Blog

by James Florence
January 24, 2019

When most people think of water damage, they tend to envision the most dramatic instance imaginable, such as flooding. However, the truth is that water damage can strike in a variety of forms. Even something as seemingly innocuous as a spill on the carpet or a small drip from a washing machine hose can be a potential catalyst if given enough time. In any case, while the forms of water damage vary, each can compromise a home’s structural stability and sanitation. Read more

by Matt Solis
January 23, 2019

directory update cover winter 2018Have you received your free copy of the 2019 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 plumbing 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

by James Florence
January 17, 2019

Earlier this week, we published an article containing expert tips about kitchen remodeling and the process involved. To learn more about kitchen remodeling, watch this related video featuring Ric Plummer of Ric’s Kitchen and Bath Showroom.

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by James Florence
January 15, 2019

A kitchen remodeling project is an exciting venture, but as most homeowners soon discover, the actual process can be dauntingly complex. To ease your apprehension about starting your own kitchen remodel, we’ve asked our Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to break down the essential aspects of the process and provide some helpful insights. Read more

by Jennifer Chan
January 10, 2019

Back in 2011, Chris Bjorklund, the Savvy Consumer, wrote the original version of this article. Kitchens have changed since then, but the sentiment is timeless: for those of us who live in the Bay Area, there simply isn’t room for space wasters in the kitchen. With that, read on to learn how to replace those space wasters with space savers.

Out: Kitchen desks

In her original post, Chris mentioned that the only family member to ever use her kitchen desk was the dog. Even in 2011, laptops and cellular devices were making traditional desks obsolete. Read more

by Suzanne Carroll
January 08, 2019

The hassles and headaches of dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has become a trope of American comedy. But like all comedy, it’s based on a nugget of truth. Often, a trip to the DMV really does mean long lines, crowded waiting areas and labyrinthine paperwork requirements. Unfortunately, navigating this bureaucracy is necessary any time you need to renew your driver’s license, buy or sell your car, or have a problem with your vehicle’s registration. Read more

by Jennifer Chan
December 20, 2018

(L to R): Maria Onrubia, Mari K. Patrick, Suzanne Carroll (as Santa), James Florence, Char Leary, and everyone else at American Ratings Corporation wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays! See you next year!

 

 

 

 

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by James Florence
December 18, 2018

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 2018, 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

by Suzanne Carroll
December 11, 2018

California takes air quality seriously, which is why all vehicles in the state (even hybrids) are required to pass regular smog tests. California’s emissions standards are some of the strictest in the country, and about 10 percent of vehicles fail. If you’ve been driving your car for years, it can be a shock when your vehicle suddenly doesn’t pass its smog test. But don’t despair—this is an opportunity to improve your car and make sure it’s not contributing excessive pollution to the environment. Read more

by James Florence
December 06, 2018

If you’re planning to travel and stay with family or friends during the holidays, it’s important to take proactive steps to safeguard your home in your absence. Consider the following tips: Read more