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A Guide to Our New Website

Posted on February 01, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

It’s been a little over three months since we launched our new-and-improved website, and we’re thrilled with the response. The new site is both easy to navigate and filled with the information consumers need to make informed decisions. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s your chance. Below is a guide to some of the main pages on the new site. Take a look and let us know what you think!

The Diamond Certified Company Report

New Website Diamond Certified

Diamond Certified Company Reports have everything you need to choose with confidence. Each report gives you the most accurate ratings and Deep Info available, Read more

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The 2018 Diamond Certified Home Service Calendar

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

The 2018 Diamond Certified Home Service Calendar is our way of saying "thanks." Photo: American Ratings Corporation, 2018

Help us celebrate our new website by taking our 1-minute video tour at diamondcertified.org. To show our appreciation, we’ll mail your family a FREE 2018 Diamond Certified Home Service Calendar and donate in your name to your local fire district. But don’t delay—we have a limited supply of calendars and they’re going fast.

Here’s some of what you’ll find inside the 2018 Diamond Certified Home Service Calendar:

  • Monthly home, health and auto checklists that feature important tasks you need to take care of throughout the year
  • Helpful tips and insider knowledge from Diamond Certified Expert Contributors
  • Important days for Bay Area consumers to remember,
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How to Organize a Kitchen: Tips and Tricks

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

How to Organize a Kitchen: Tips and Tricks

Do you make avocado toast in Tiburon? Do you cook mac-and-kale in Cupertino? Maybe you read nutrition panels in Pinole, prepare recipes from Pinterest in Palo Alto or pickle in Petaluma. Whatever you cook and wherever you do it, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you probably use your kitchen a lot. So, this year, it’s time to make that kitchen work for you and your family. Whether you’re ready for an entire kitchen remodel or just need some helpful hacks, we have some suggestions about how to organize a kitchen. Read on!

Kitchen Work Zones

Start by understanding your kitchen work zones. Most kitchens have three core zones:

  • Cooking
  • Food preparation
  • Cleaning

In addition, Read more

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Diamond Certified Featured in Game 7 of the World Series!

Posted on November 02, 2017 by Jennifer Chan

Astros DodgersCongratulations to the Houston Astros for winning the 2017 World Series—their first championship in franchise history! It was an exciting series and Game 7 was no exception, especially since two of our Diamond Certified Resource television commercials ran during the broadcast: one in the bottom of the fourth inning and one in the bottom of the sixth inning. Read more

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My Go Bag

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Joy Lanzaro

One woman’s thoughts on what to pack in an emergency

by Joy Lanzaro, Director, Mediation and Compliance

Few of us have ever witnessed fire damage to residential and commercial structures like we’ve seen in the North Bay over the past few days. Many of us are experiencing a combination of emotions as a result, and anxiety is running high. One way to be prepared and manage anxiety is to put together a “Go Bag” just in case you need to quickly evacuate. My Go Bag is tiny because I’m single—one dog, no kids. Nearly all of my financial and insurance business is transacted online, so that eliminates some documentation. Read more

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Tips for Donating to Charity

Posted on October 04, 2017 by Jennifer Chan

Here are some tips for donating to charity, now or at any time (adapted from Consumer Reports):

  • If you plan on claiming your donation on your tax return, make sure the charity you’re interested in is tax-exempt.
  • Watch out for sound-alikes. It’s not uncommon for low-rated charities to select names similar to high-rated charities.
  • When possible, give directly to the charity itself rather than a professional fundraiser or other go-between.
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Send the Kids Back to School with Green in Their Backpacks

Posted on September 08, 2017 by Jennifer Chan

According to the Nielsen Company, parents and students will spend just under $1.6 billion on back-to-school supplies this year. Spending even a portion of that on “green” products would have a meaningful impact on the environment.

When buying paper, check the labels and choose the product with the highest post-consumer waste (PCW) content. (That’s the waste paper from our homes and offices.) Treecycle.com and Green Paper Company are two of the online retailers that make it easier to buy tree-friendly back-to-school supplies.

You’re going to need pens and pencils to go with that paper. Forest Choice #2 cedar pencils are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council “to have originated from environmentally well-managed forests.” Biodegradable cornstarch pens and other green writing tools are available from Green Earth Office Supply. Read more

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