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Posted on August 31, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on August 24, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
I had such a seamless experience with a light installer a few weeks back, I wanted to tell you about it. My husband and I purchased two wall sconces that had to be installed in a stairwell. Once we realized that we didn’t have the right kind of ladder for the installation and weren’t sure how complicated the electrical work would be, I started looking for a provider. After a few false starts, I found a local lighting company that suggested making an installation request through an online form.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had mixed success with requesting a quote this way. Often, you never even hear from the company—it can feel as though your request for service has gone into a black hole. Continue reading “Promises Made + Promises Kept = An Extremely Satisfied Customer” »
Posted on July 25, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
Along with rising temperatures this summer, we’re going to see a rise in seasonal scams. I’ve been getting warnings from consumer protection agencies about what to watch out for, and I want to pass them on to you. You may have heard of some of these rip-offs before, but be aware that new variations always pop up and can catch even the savviest consumers off guard.
1. Magazine scams
This scam ramps up in the summer with young people going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. They claim they’re working their way through college and need to make a certain number of sales to earn points for scholarships. That’s not true. Most of the time, the orders are never placed with the publishers, and even if your order is fulfilled, you’ll pay too much for the subscription. Continue reading “Seven Summer Scams” »
Posted on July 7, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on June 27, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
I’ll be the first to admit that I really like getting good deals and saving money, but like most of you, I also like to splurge on some things. Sometimes I find that saving money can actually mean spending more on a quality product that will last a long time. For example, during a kitchen remodel, I bought a faucet that was on sale and it failed in the first year. The second faucet I purchased was three times more expensive, and so far it has lasted seven years. I’m so happy that I decided to splurge for a quality product. Continue reading “What’s Worth Splurging On?” »
Posted on June 22, 2017 by Matt Solis
Have you received your free copy of the 2017 Summer Diamond Certified Directory Update in the mail? It provides instant access to hundreds of local, top rated Diamond Certified companies across a wide range of service industries, from auto repair and landscaping to optometry and dentistry.
Every Diamond Certified company must continue to deliver on its promises to you, the consumer. That’s why we conduct ongoing customer satisfaction research, perform credential-based ratings, monitor each company’s performance, and back you up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Continue reading “The 2017 Summer Diamond Certified Directory Update is Here!” »
Posted in Consumer News, Diamond Certified News | Tags: consumer advice, consumer tips, Diamond Certified Directory Update, local companies, performance guarantee, quality companies, top-rated companies
Posted on June 1, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on May 23, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
Like most of you, I subscribe to a variety of news feeds, blogs, email newsletters and podcasts, both for entertainment and so I can learn about things I’m interested in. I’m a big fan of Flipboard, my news feed for politics, cooking and music. For local restaurant openings and news, I enjoy reading tablehopper.com, and my favorite podcast right now is “On Being” with Krista Tippett, which I learned about from a colleague at Diamond Certified. When it comes to consumer news and issues, here are a few of the resources I use to stay informed.
This website from the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine requires a subscription for detailed product ratings. However, it also has a lot of free content with general buying advice. Continue reading “How to Stay Up on Consumer News and Issues” »
Posted on April 19, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
I’m frustrated right now because I’ve been calling several local companies for service and haven’t heard back from any of them. I’m trying to get on a schedule for tree pruning, and I’m also attempting to schedule a furnace cleaning and fireplace inspection. I’ve left four voicemail messages for one of these companies over a two-week period. I’ve persisted because I’m a repeat customer and was satisfied with their services in the past.
I understand that small businesses can get overwhelmed with consumer demand. Severe storms like we had this winter mean tree service companies, plumbers, and roofers are working overtime and can’t keep up with all the requests. Continue reading “Why Won’t They Call Me Back?” »
Posted on March 28, 2017 by Chris Bjorklund
Did you know the State of California is currently holding $8 billion in unclaimed funds in the names of more than 30 million individuals and organizations? I was one of them until a few weeks ago, when I went searching for missing money. The law requires companies to turn over funds after three years or more if there hasn’t been any activity or contact with the rightful owner.
What motivated me was my sister-in-law posting on Facebook about her successes tracking down unclaimed funds in a variety of states where she and her husband have lived over the past 30 years. Continue reading “Missing Money: How to Find and Claim It” »
Posted in Consumers, Personal Stories, Savvy Tips, Uncategorized | Tags: consumer advice, consumer tips, Division of Unclaimed Property, National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, State of California, unclaimed funds, unclaimed money