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Tip Sheet: 5 Things to Consider When Designing a Landscape

When redesigning your landscape, it's important to consider practical as well as aesthetic aspects. Photo: Jerry Allison Landscaping, Inc.

When redesigning your landscape, it’s important to consider both practical and aesthetic aspects. Photo: Jerry Allison Landscaping, Inc. (2016)

Redesigning your landscape is a great way to enhance both the beauty of your home and the enjoyment of your outdoor living space. However, according to Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jerry Allison, to ensure a good result, you’ll need to take several practical considerations into account, including the following: Continue reading “Tip Sheet: 5 Things to Consider When Designing a Landscape” »

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On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels

This summer, stay safe on the road by inspecting your vehicle ahead of an extended trip. Photo: Infiniti Marin (2016)

This summer, stay safe on the road by inspecting your vehicle ahead of an extended trip. Photo: Infiniti Marin (2016)

It’s summer once again—the season for recreational favorites like swimming, barbequing, camping and beach-going. However, let’s not forget perhaps the most iconic summertime activity of all: the great American road trip. With school out and the weather right, summer presents an ideal opportunity for domestic travelers to quench their wanderlust by hitting the open road. However, while you may be ready and raring for your next asphalt adventure, if your vehicle isn’t, your trip could wind up being a lot shorter than anticipated. Continue reading “On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels” »

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Moving Up and Moving Out: 20 Questions to Ask Your Moving Company

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Before you schedule your move, make sure you know who is responsible for obtaining any necessary parking permits. Photo: You Move Me (2016)

For more helpful moving information, check out our Moving Resources Page. 

When it’s time to move, unless you’re planning to pack up your station wagon, you’ll need to select a moving company. As with all contractors, you should obtain at least three estimates before making a choice, but there are other factors to consider as well. Continue reading “Moving Up and Moving Out: 20 Questions to Ask Your Moving Company” »

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Darker, Cooler, Stronger: The Versatile Benefits of Window Tint

Window tint may be most known for enhancing automotive aesthetics, but that’s just one of its many applications. Photo: Mr. Tint (2016)

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “window tint”? If you’re like most people, you probably envision the blacked-out windows of a flashy sports car. However, this stereotypical association does little justice to the many practical benefits of and uses for window tint (also known as window film). Whether applied in a vehicle, residential home or commercial establishment, window tint is an economical way to enhance interior comfort, protection and performance.

Automotive Applications
While often done simply for looks, tinting a car’s windows offers several practical benefits, starting with improved visibility. Continue reading “Darker, Cooler, Stronger: The Versatile Benefits of Window Tint” »

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What Happens in Vegas…

A panoramic view of Creel Printing. There are more then 800,000 prints of the Diamond Certified Directory here!

A panoramic view of Creel Printing. There are more then 800,000 prints of the Diamond Certified Directory here! Photo: American Ratings Corporation, 2016

We’ve just completed the massive distribution of the 2016 Diamond Certified Directory, with more than 800,000 copies reaching homes and businesses throughout the Greater Bay Area. (If you haven’t received your FREE copy in the mail yet, click here.) April distribution marks the end of a season around here. Every year, we spend six to eight months producing the Diamond Certified Directory. In the final stage of the production process, Director of Production Char Leary and her team head off to Las Vegas. Continue reading “What Happens in Vegas…” »

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Video: Tile Roof Maintenance

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on roof replacement and maintenance. One of the points mentioned was tile roof maintenance, which consists of several specific measures. To learn more about tile roof maintenance, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Rhoads, owner of Roof-Life Construction.

To learn more from local top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Roof Replacement 101

Considering the cost of a new roof, you’ll want to be proactive about protecting your investment. Photo: Daddario Roofing Company, Inc. (2016)

Considering the cost of a new roof, you’ll want to be proactive about protecting your investment. Photo: Daddario Roofing Company, Inc. (2016)

A roof is considered one of the bare essentials of life—after all, how many times did your parents remind you to be thankful for “the roof over your head”? Unfortunately, in addition to being essential, a roof happens to be extremely expensive. So, when it comes to planning for a roofing project, it’s important to be proactive about protecting your investment. To help you do just that, we’ve created the following guide featuring helpful expertise from five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Roof Replacement 101” »

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Consumer Response to the 2016 Diamond Certified Directory

2016 directory coverWe’re thrilled about the publication of our 2016 Diamond Certified Directory. (If you haven’t received your FREE copy in the mail yet, click here.) The 10 county-specific versions have been arriving in Bay Area mailboxes throughout April and we’re already seeing significant usage. We spend a lot of time getting the Diamond Certified Directory just right, so we love hearing from consumers who use it.

Barbara S. writes, “My husband and I keep the directory in a handy place because it’s our ‘go to’ resource when we need to find a service provider for our home and/or health.” Continue reading “Consumer Response to the 2016 Diamond Certified Directory” »

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Summer Fungus: Preventing Mold in the Off-Season

Despite the warm, dry conditions of summer, mold problems can persist in moisture-prone areas. Photo: Environmental Remedies, Inc. (2016)

Despite the warm, dry conditions of summer, mold problems can persist in moisture-prone areas. Photo: Environmental Remedies, Inc. (2016)

Mold is a common household problem during the winter, when the moist, rainy weather creates ideal conditions for fungi to flourish. While the arrival of summer tends to reverse these conditions, in some residences, mold is nonetheless a year-round problem. For example, if your home is poorly ventilated or situated in a humid or heavily shaded location (i.e. coastal or dense forest), the warm summer climate may do little to mitigate mold, which means you’ll need to take proactive measures to combat it. Continue reading “Summer Fungus: Preventing Mold in the Off-Season” »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Real Estate Agents

Ready to dive into the deep waters of Bay Area real estate? Your first (and possibly most important) step is finding a guide, helpmate, champion and problem-solver: your real estate agent. Not sure where to start? Read on…

What does a real estate agent do?
What is the difference between a real estate agent, a Realtor® and a real estate broker?
Do I need a real estate agent?
How do I find a real estate agent?
How does a real estate agent get paid?
What are some of the qualities I should look for in a real estate agent? Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions about Real Estate Agents” »

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