Jong Lee: Altruistic Accountant
Franco Corvasce: Handyman Extraordinaire
Vincent Casale: HVAC Authority
Curtis Kapple: Drywall Authority
Dave Keith: Mold Remediator
Ronnie Tannous: Auto Glass Ace
Michelle Ford: Property Management Expert
Michael Pinnock: Flooring Aficionado

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

Video: Sealing Your Bathroom

With Franco Corvasce of FC Remodeling, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

RICHMOND – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to preventing water damage in your home, one simple maintenance step can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Today we’re in Richmond with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Franco Corvasce of FC Remodeling…Read More

An Easy Way to Prevent Dry Rot

By Franco Corvasce of FC Remodeling, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

RICHMOND – One of the most important home maintenance steps you can take is to seal gaps and seams in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Even in the case of small cracks or gaps, if water is able to…Read More

Franco Corvasce: A Well-Rounded Education

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

RICHMOND – Franco Corvasce has been in business for himself since 2009, but in order to go solo, he first had to receive a well-rounded education in the construction field. “I started out working as an installer for a custom cabinet…Read More

Video: DIY Ductwork Inspection

With Vincent Casale of Bayside Mechanical, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN MATEO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re experiencing airflow issues in your home, take a few minutes to inspect your ductwork before calling a professional. Today we’re in San Mateo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Vincent Casale of Bayside Mechanical…Read More

DIY Air Duct Inspection

By Vincent Casale of Bayside Mechanical, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN MATEO – A common problem homeowners experience with their HVAC systems is inadequate or uneven airflow. While an HVAC company can resolve your airflow issues, before calling a professional, it’s worthwhile to perform a quick visual inspection of your ductwork…Read More

Vincent Casale: Winds of Change

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN MATEO – After several years working on the corporate end of the construction industry, Vincent Casale was looking for a change of pace. As it happened, change came in the form of an entirely new livelihood. “After about 15 years…Read More

Video: How to Fix a Windshield Chip

With Ronnie Tannous of Priceless Auto Glass, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – Host, Sarah Rutan: Even small rock chips can compromise the integrity of a windshield, so it’s important to repair them promptly. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ronnie Tannous of Priceless Auto Glass to learn…Read More

How to Repair a Windshield Chip

By Ronnie Tannous of Priceless Auto Glass, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – If you have a rock chip in your windshield, you may be wondering if it’s repairable. If the chip is no bigger than a quarter in size, good news: it can be repaired. However, you don’t want to…Read More

Ronnie Tannous: A Priceless Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA ROSA – Ronnie Tannous started out working in the restaurant business, but after a family member opened an auto glass shop, he found himself presented with a priceless opportunity. “My uncle opened the first Priceless Auto Glass in Ukiah eight…Read More

Video: How to Hide Hardwood Floor Scratches

With Michael Pinnock of Baila Floors, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PALO ALTO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If your hardwood floors have minor surface scratches, you’ll be glad to know there’s an easy, inexpensive way to conceal them. Today we’re in Palo Alto with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michael Pinnock of Baila…Read More

An Easy Fix for Hardwood Floor Scratches

By Michael Pinnock of Baila Floors, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PALO ALTO – Hardwood floors are beautiful, but when they get scratched, it can result in a conspicuous eyesore. Whether caused by pets, furniture or another source, a surface scratch on hardwood flooring can cause its aluminum oxide to be exposed,…Read More

Michael Pinnock: From Software to Hardwood

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PALO ALTO – Michael Pinnock used to be a successful software engineer, but after 25 years in the tech field, he decided to switch to a more hands-on livelihood. “I’ve always liked building things, and I’ve even done some small projects…Read More

Video: Preparing Your Property for Rent

With Michelle Ford of Western Property Group Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE –  Host, Sarah Rutan: When preparing a rental property for market, a few basic maintenance measures can help maximize its value. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michelle Ford of Western Property Group to learn…Read More

How to Prepare Your Rental Property for Market

By Michelle Ford of Western Property Group Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – If you own a rental property that has recently been vacated, you’ll need to prepare it for going back on the market. Not only will basic maintenance measures get your property move-in ready, when done correctly, they can…Read More

Michelle Ford: Managing Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE – Michelle Ford received an early education in the property management business, which gave her a jumpstart on a lucrative lifelong livelihood. “When I was growing up, my family acquired several rental properties,” she explains. “As we obtained more…Read More

Video: Differentiating Quality with Drywall Mud

With Curtis Kapple of Kapple Drywall, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

EL VERANO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning a drywall project in your home, you’ll want to be aware of the different types and grades of products available. Today we’re in El Verano with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Curtis Kapple of…Read More

Three Types of Drywall Compound

By Curtis Kapple of Kapple Drywall, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

EL VERANO – If you’re planning a drywall project, one important consideration is the type of compound or “mud” you plan to use. Drywall compound comes in a few different classes, so it’s crucial to choose the right product for the…Read More

Curtis Kapple: Mud and Numbers

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

EL VERANO – Every kid likes to play with mud, but for Curtis Kapple, this took on a whole different meaning. “My father was a drywall contractor and started teaching me the trade when I was about five years old,” he…Read More

Video: The Value of a CPA

With Jong Lee of The Lee Accountancy Group, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND – Host, Sarah Rutan: If your tax return has you in a state of confusion, it may be time to employ the services of a CPA. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jong Lee of The Lee Accountancy…Read More

The Value of a CPA

By Jong Lee of The Lee Accountancy Group, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND – Many people have difficulty filling out their tax return forms, and for good reason: it’s confusing! However, even though a tax return can be frustrating, it’s not something you should take lightly—the IRS certainly doesn’t, and they won’t leave…Read More