Diamond Certified Blog

by Guest Blogger
July 10, 2020

This article originally appeared on the blog of MSK Design Build, a Diamond Certified company.

You’ve been sheltering in place or working at home since March, and it slowly dawns on you that it may be time to remodel your kitchen (or bathroom or your whole home). Join the crowds! Our phones are ringing off the hooks as many East Bay residents are eager for a fresh look and feel in their bathroom, an updated fireplace and new flooring, or a beautiful and functional new kitchen. The first question that may come to mind is, “How can I remodel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic?”

As a design build firm that has been safely and busily back to work since May 4, Read more

by James Florence
July 07, 2020

The recent COVID-19 epidemic has upended many aspects of our economy, and the housing market is no exception. In addition to realtors, many rental property owners have been affected. If you own a rental property that’s been recently vacated, consider the following steps for preparing it to go back on the market. Read more

by James Florence
June 30, 2020

After being hit particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, California seems due for a summer reprieve. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be the case. Not only are many areas of the state seeing a resurgence of novel Coronavirus cases, we now face another, more familiar yet equally concerning issue: wildfire season. Each summer, wildfires destroy thousands of acres and homes throughout California, and this year looks to be no exception. That’s why residents (particularly those situated in the wildland-urban interface) must be vigilant about maintaining fire-safe conditions on their properties. Consider the following advice for defending your home against wildfires. Read more

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.