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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Posted on May 10, 2016 by Jennifer Chan
Posted on May 14, 2015 by Jennifer Chan
We’re so excited about the publication of our 2015 Diamond Certified Directory! (If you haven’t received your FREE copy in the mail yet, click here.) The 11 county-specific versions began arriving in Bay Area mailboxes last month, and the response has been great. “It arrived the same day that a tree fell in my yard,” writes Louisa K. in Albany. “I found a tree service professional who came out right away.” Calvin G. in Palo Alto keeps the Diamond Certified Digital Directory on his smartphone so he can always find a quality service provider, and Cassandra C. from San Francisco says, “I love the directory. I don’t trust anybody but Diamond Certified to work on my house.”
Posted in Consumer Events, Consumer News, Consumers, Customer Service, Diamond Certified Experts, Diamond Certified News | Tags: 2015 Diamond Certified Directory, Bay Area Companies, Bay Area Service Professionals, Diamond Certified, Diamond Certified Directory, top-rated companies
Posted on April 21, 2015 by Matt Solis
With California experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history, it’s a great time to explore converting to solar. Not only can solar power help put the brakes on climate change, it’s also one of the least “thirsty” methods of generating electricity. According to Diamond Certified solar company Sungevity, coal-fired power plants require 100 to 1,000 gallons of water to generate one megawatt-hour of electricity. Solar, by comparison, requires zero gallons of water to produce the same amount of electricity (more details). With this in mind, we’re re-posting this timely article on how to get started with a residential solar power system.
People have many reasons for switching to solar power, from rising electricity consumption and energy costs to growing concerns about the environment. Regardless of why you want to install a solar system on your residential or commercial property, there are numerous factors to consider before making a final decision. To ensure you’re as knowledgeable as possible when going through the process, consider the following tips and information:
Posted in Consumers, Home improvement, Solar Power | Tags: consumer advice, consumer tips, Diamond Certified, drought, drought page, energy efficiency, home improvement, Home Tips, installing solar, Solar, solar 101, solar basics, solar power
Posted on February 9, 2015 by James Florence
For the uninitiated, real estate can be like learning a new language. In this article, we cover some of the basics, from key industry terms to commonly asked questions.
With all the different titles in real estate, it can be hard to keep track of who’s who. Here’s a simple breakdown of the main real estate designations:
Realtor: A realtor can be an agent, broker or other real estate professional. What defines a realtor is not their designation, but their adherence to the Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of Realtors, which you can read here.
Agent: An agent possesses a salesperson license with the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). In order to practice real estate, agents need to associate themselves with particular brokers (known as “hanging a license” in the industry). Continue reading “Industry Overview: Real Estate 101” »
Posted on January 22, 2015 by James Florence
Posted in Home Tips, Personal Stories, Uncategorized | Tags: bedroom, Berenstain Bears, Cabinets, clean, closet, Diamond Certified, garage, getting organized, Kitchen, messy room, New Year's Resolution, orderly, organization, reach-in closet, Remodeling, tidy, walk-in closet
Posted on January 5, 2015 by Jennifer Chan
We are very curious.
Maybe your New Year’s resolution relates to services that Diamond Certified companies provide: you want to remodel your bathroom or get your teeth cleaned more often. Or, instead, maybe you just want to finish that novel or lose 10 pounds. Either way, we want to hear about it. Write it on a piece of paper (like we did below) and send us a selfie. You can also write your resolution in the comment section below.
Thanks for sharing and good luck!
While we wait to hear from you, here are some of the things we came up with:
Posted on June 25, 2014 by Jennifer Chan
When it comes to retrofitting and renovation, San Francisco homeowners face challenges as unique as the city itself. One issue that many homeowners face is how to make their older homes more energy efficient. A great way to increase energy efficiency in any house is to upgrade the windows and doors. However, according to John Gorman of Save Energy Company, swapping out old windows for new ones isn’t always a simple task in San Francisco. Continue reading “Replacing Windows in San Francisco” »
Posted in Window Tips | Tags: consumer advice, consumer tips, Diamond Certified, energy efficient windows in san francisco, fiberglass window, home improvement, Home Tips, John Gorman, ogee lugs, San Francisco, san francisco planning department, Save Energy Company, vinyl window, window renovations, window retrofitting, Windows, wood window frames
Posted on May 11, 2014 by Matt Solis
The massive distribution of the 2014 Diamond Certified Directory has begun, with more than 800,000 copies reaching homes and businesses throughout the Greater Bay Area. Your FREE copy should be arriving very soon (if it hasn’t already), so keep your eyes on your mailbox!
If you’re new to the Diamond Certified Directory and would like to receive a free copy for your local area, simply visit www.diamondcertified.org/directory and fill out the required information. You can even order an extra directory to give to a friend or family member! Continue reading “The 2014 Diamond Certified Directory is Here!” »