Mike Cobb: Data Recovery Expert
George Duarte: Financial Aficionado
Jim Vaccarezza: Glass Pro
Christine Stahl: Realtor Extraordinaire
Jim MacKillop: Construction Connoisseur
Curt Holman: Carpet Cleaning Connoisseur
Alex Berger: Locksmith Leader
Russell Barnett: Accountant Extraordinaire

Gain Knowledge from Expert Contributions

If you want to gain knowledge on specific local services and become a more savvy consumer, we encourage you to access the Diamond Certified Expert Reports through the search options on the right. These mostly industry-specific articles, tip sheets, videos and blog entries are created for consumers by local experts. The authors know what they’re talking about because they own or manage a local Diamond Certified company that’s been rated Highest in Quality. Each has contributed their expertise to create these reports for you and other consumers as a way to give back to their community.

RECENT DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT REPORTS

Roman Scanagatta: Plumbing Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PETALUMA – As soon as he reached adulthood, Roman Scanagatta took advantage of a professional opportunity that would set him up for long-term success. “After high school, my fiancée and I wanted to get married, so I knew I needed to…Read More

Video: Preparing Your Home for Market

With Christine Stahl of Lommori Stahl Group of Re/Max Star Properties, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PACIFICA – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to sell your home, you’ll want to take every available measure to get it ready for market. To learn more, we’re in Pacifica with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Christine Stahl, partner at Lommori Stahl…Read More

Measures to Maximize Property Appeal

By Christine Stahl of Lommori Stahl Group of Re/Max Star Properties, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PACIFICA – Prior to putting your home up for sale, you’ll want to take measures to maximize its appeal to potential buyers. While there are several avenues for boosting your property’s appeal, it’s best to focus on those that are likely…Read More

Christine Stahl: In Her Father’s Footsteps

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PACIFICA – When asked how she became involved in the real estate industry, Christine Stahl credits the early influence of her father. “My father was a real estate broker and had his own office in Pacifica,” she explains. “When I was…Read More

Video: Backing Up Your Data

With Mike Cobb of DriveSavers, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If your computer contains photos, documents and other sensitive data, you’ll want to make sure it’s fully backed up. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Cobb of DriveSavers to learn more. Diamond Certified…Read More

The Importance of Backing up Computer Data

By Mike Cobb of DriveSavers, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO – We all know we should floss our teeth every day, but we don’t always do it. The same goes for backing up our computer data: as important as it is, many of us either procrastinate or forget about it…Read More

Mike Cobb: Digging for Data

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

NOVATO – When asked how he got into the computer service industry, Mike Cobb says it all began with a high school job working for his father. “My dad ran a driving school when I was growing up. He also loved…Read More

Video: Proper Deck Board Orientation

With Jim MacKillop of MacKillop Construction, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – Host, Sarah Rutan: When building a deck, it’s important to consider which side up you should place the deck boards. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jim MacKillop of MacKillop Construction to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Proper Deck Board Orientation

By Jim MacKillop of MacKillop Construction, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – When it comes to building a deck, one important consideration is which side up the deck boards should face. While it may seem intuitive to place boards with their most attractive side facing upward, a better criteria for…Read More

Jim MacKillop: A Hands-On Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA ROSA – Jim MacKillop grew up on a farm, so when he began his building career, he was no stranger to working with his hands. “I got into construction when I was 23 years old,” he recounts. “Out of high…Read More

Video: Assessing Your Tax Withholdings

With Russell Barnett of Russell Barnett, EA, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to income taxes, many taxpayers overlook their yearly withholdings. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Russell Barnett, EA to learn how you can avoid this. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor,…Read More

How to Avoid Tax-Season Headaches

By Russell Barnett of Russell Barnett, EA, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Many people dread doing their taxes because they suddenly discover they owe more money than they expected or feel rushed to file all the paperwork on time. To avoid situations like these, it’s important to make sure…Read More

Russell Barnett: The Accountable Accountant

By Suzanne Carroll, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE – Russell Barnett started college as a music major, but eventually, he realized that his true talent was in arranging accounts rather than compositions. Perhaps the clearest sign of this was when he passed his qualifying exam to be…Read More

Video: An Easy Way to Remove Shower Door Stains

With Jim Vaccarezza of Vaccarezza Glass, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If your shower door has soap scum and water stains, you might be surprised to learn they can be cleaned using an ordinary household item. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jim…Read More

Shower Glass Cleaning Tips

By Jim Vaccarezza of Vaccarezza Glass, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO – If your shower doors have water and soap scum stains, you may think your only option is to have them replaced. However, there’s another solution that’s surprisingly simple: a dryer sheet. Believe it or not, if you put…Read More

Jim Vaccarezza: Breaking into the Business

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO – To describe how Jim Vaccarezza became a professional in the glass industry, one might say he broke into the business…literally. “When I was 13, I broke a window while practicing my golf swing,” he explains. “While the repairman…Read More

Video: Determining Appropriate Cleaning Intervals

With Curt Holman of Precision Cleaning Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DUBLIN – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to maintaining the carpet, tile and upholstery in your home, you’ll need to determine appropriate intervals for professional cleaning. Today we’re in Dublin with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Curt Holman of Precision Cleaning…Read More

Determining Carpet Cleaning Intervals

By Curt Holman of Precision Cleaning Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DUBLIN – As a professional carpet cleaner, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How often should I have my carpet cleaned?” While it would be easy to give a general answer, the reality is it depends on your…Read More

Curt Holman: A Grounded Profession

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

DUBLIN – After several years working in aviation, Curt Holman decided to switch to a more grounded profession. “I was an aircraft mechanic in general aviation, but eventually I decided it wasn’t my calling,” he explains. “I wanted to do something…Read More

Video: Benefits of a Mobile Locksmith

With Alex Berger of B & B Locksmith & Security, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DALY CITY – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you find yourself locked out of your car, rather than getting a tow to the nearest dealership, a better option is to call a mobile locksmith. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified…Read More