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Best Practices for Giving Feedback to a Company

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Joy Lanzaro

Delivering feedback to a company is like landing an airplane on an old runway—it can be bumpy or smooth depending on how much work has been put into maintaining the area. Without the proper approach, asking a company if you can give some feedback can prompt a defensiveness that redirects your desired change into the weeds.

Unfortunately, some people’s definition of “feedback” is simply venting without consideration of the receiver’s good intentions. On the other hand, accurate and timely consumer feedback can be a company’s free ticket to a competitive advantage in the market. Read more

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Hiring a Kitchen & Bath Contractor | Infographic

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Joy Lanzaro

We break down the steps for hiring a kitchen and bath contractor with this handy infographic. We hope you find it helpful, and let us know how your kitchen or bathroom remodel goes! Read more

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Posted in: Home Remodeling, Uncategorized, Home Tips, Home Improvement
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The 2018 Diamond Certified Directory: The Phones Are Ringing!

Posted on May 01, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

Since the beginning of April, when the 2018 Diamond Certified Directory started landing in Bay Area mailboxes, our receptionist, Ian Leary, has been rather busy. “Call volume has been 700 to 800 percent higher than normal,” he says, in between answering the phone. “The most common question I get is, ‘Where’s my directory?’ Callers say, ‘I get it every year and I really need a new one’ or ‘I depend on my Diamond Certified Directory.’”

The fact that many callers haven’t received directories is no surprise. The 800,000 directories we send to Bay Area homes and businesses only cover about 30 percent of Bay Area households. Read more

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Where Are Your Fire Extinguishers? Do You Know How to Use One?

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Chris Bjorklund

I started thinking about my preparedness a lot last fall when fires were raging in Northern California. One day, I came across an article in Consumer Reports magazine that made six key points about fire extinguishers:

1. Make sure you know where yours are.
2. Make sure they’re not coated in dust.
3. Put them on every level of your house.
4. Keep small extinguishers in your car and kitchen.
5. Keep a multipurpose extinguisher in your garage.
6. Make sure the arrows on the indicators point to green, which means they’ll work when the pins are pulled. Read more

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Posted in: Fire Prevention, Uncategorized, Savvy Tips

How to Use the 2018 Diamond Certified Directory

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

Two weeks ago, we mailed the 2018 Diamond Certified Directory to more than 800,000 homes and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (if you didn’t get your FREE copy, click here). We’ve made some exciting changes to the Directory this year, so it’s time to get reacquainted!

Every April, American Ratings Corporation publishes 10 versions of the Diamond Certified Directory, covering all of the Greater Bay Area (including Monterey). Read more

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Posted in: Uncategorized, Consumer News, Consumers, Customer Service, Diamond Certified News

How to Be a Savvy Consumer – Video

Posted on March 06, 2018 by Jennifer Chan

Being a savvy consumer takes a little extra work, but you’ll get big payoffs in the long run. In this video, Chris Bjorklund, Consumer Advocate, and Joy Lanzaro, Director of Mediation & Compliance, walk you through 10 steps you can take to ensure your transactions go smoothly. When you’re done, check out our Problem Resolution & Mediation Hub to learn more about consumer affairs. Lastly, remember, Diamond Certified Preferred Consumers are backed by a Double Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee when they use Diamond Certified companies (enroll here, it’s free!).

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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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Posted in: Uncategorized, Consumer News, Diamond Certified Extras, Diamond Certified News