Savvy Consumer Tip: What’s Your Used Car Worth?

Buying or selling a used car? Watch this video to learn the best ways to determine exactly how much it’s worth.

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The Benefits of a Plumbing Service Agreement

Since plumbing is an often-overlooked aspect of home maintenance, it’s no surprise that the majority of service calls are remedial rather than preventative. Most people tend to ignore their homes’ plumbing until an issue arises, but it’s far more cost-effective to be proactive about inspection and maintenance. For the average homeowner, however, this can seem like a daunting task. Besides being one of the most neglected systems in the home, plumbing is also one of the most intricate, consisting of a varied network of interconnected components.

Having a service agreement with a local plumbing company provides several advantages, including preventative care and reduced rates. Photo: Gotelli Plumbing Company (2014)

Having a service agreement with a local plumbing company provides several advantages, including preventative care and reduced rates. Photo: Gotelli Plumbing Company (2014)

If you’re intimidated by the prospect of maintaining your plumbing system, consider contracting a service agreement with a local plumbing company. Continue reading “The Benefits of a Plumbing Service Agreement” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Marketing Gripes

Consumer Reports has come up with a list of the marketing tactics that bother consumers the most. Did your top gripe make the list?

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Diamond Certified Experts: Maintenance to Increase Home Safety

An often-overlooked aspect of home safety is proactive maintenance of systems, appliances and other integral components. Photo: Carmen Miranda – Alain Pinel Realtors (2014)

An often-overlooked aspect of home safety is proactive maintenance of systems, appliances and other integral components. Photo: Carmen Miranda – Alain Pinel Realtors (2014)

Above all else, your home should be a safe place, which is why it’s important to stay up-to-date with changing safety code standards. However, while devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) provide protection from potential hazards, other aspects of home safety often go ignored or unnoticed. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Maintenance to Increase Home Safety” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Watch this video to learn a simple way to keep your stainless steel appliances clean.

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How to Buy a Home in Silicon Valley

How to Buy a Home in the Seller’s Market of Silicon Valley

A good agent can help you buy a home you love, even in a seller’s market. Photo: Amy Ericksen – Alain Pinel Realtors (2014)

Silicon Valley is famous for its flourishing tech companies, prosperous venture capital firms, and the unfortunate byproduct of success: expensive real estate. In the past year, the Silicon Valley real estate market has emerged from the housing crisis stronger then ever. Homes in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Mountain View have been selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the asking prices. Indeed, Atherton was recently identified as the most expensive real estate market in the country. Continue reading “How to Buy a Home in Silicon Valley” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Trees & Privacy

If you want more privacy at your home, consider the benefits of adding trees to your property.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance” »

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How to Prevent Gum Recession

Gum recession is a unique condition in the realm of oral health. Since there’s no associated pain or irritation, it can progress gradually over time without being noticed. Also, unlike issues such as cavities and misaligned teeth, there’s no simple way to reverse the effects of gum recession. While missing gum tissue can be restored through a surgical procedure, a technique for naturally regenerating tissue has yet to be discovered.

Gum recession isn’t easily remedied, which makes proactive prevention all the more important. Photo: Richard F. Sellman, D.D.S. (2014)

Gum recession isn’t easily remedied, which makes proactive prevention all the more important. Photo: Richard F. Sellman, D.D.S. (2014)

Due to its subtle yet permanent nature, it’s crucial to take preventative steps against the various factors that contribute to gum recession. Continue reading “How to Prevent Gum Recession” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Preparing for a Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Watch this video for some tips on how to prepare your car for a long drive.

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Water Conservation Tips for Your Home and Landscape

Water conservation is always a priority in California, but it’s even more important during times of drought, which is why now is a great time for Bay Area residents to focus on minimizing their usage and waste. Here are some helpful tips from three Diamond Certified Expert Contributors on how to maximize water conservation in your home and on your property.

By utilizing modern water-saving products and methods, you can significantly reduce water usage both inside and outside of your home. Photo: Rivas Landscape Group (2014)

By utilizing modern water-saving products and methods, you can significantly reduce water usage both inside and outside of your home. Photo: Rivas Landscape Group (2014)

1. Go low-flow. According to Jamie Rogers, president of Rogers Remodel Inc., one of the simplest ways to conserve water in your home is to replace faucet aerators, shower heads and toilets with low-flow models. Continue reading “Water Conservation Tips for Your Home and Landscape” »

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