Andy Bongiorno: Termite Terminator
Marc Hannigan: Swimming Pool Pro
Sergiu Deac: Construction Connoisseur
Tom Amitay: Solar Specialist
Mostafa Sowadah: Plumbing Paragon
Sam Gulesserian: Carpet Connoisseur
Karissa Gallo: Solar Enthusiast
David Kerr: Real Estate Authority
Rob Jones: Realty Whiz

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: Dealing with Lawn Grubs

With John Gingrich of Gingrich Horticulture Service , a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re having a problem with raccoons tearing up your lawn, you may not realize the true root of the issue. To learn more, we’re in Concord with B.J. Walker of Gingrich Horticulture Service, speaking on behalf of…Read More

Video: Hardwood Flooring Options

With Sam Gulesserian of Carpeteria, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re in the market for a new hardwood floor, it’s important to learn the full scope of your options. To learn more, we’re in San Leandro with D. C. Owen of Carpeteria, speaking on behalf…Read More

Video: Innovations in Carpet Manufacturing

With Sam Gulesserian of Carpeteria, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO – Host, Sarah Rutan: Carpet has come a long way over the years in terms of performance and durability. To learn about some of the most recent developments, we’re in San Leandro with Les Farrington of Carpeteria, speaking on behalf…Read More

4 Choices for Wood or Faux Wood Flooring

By Sam Gulesserian of Carpeteria, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO – When choosing wood flooring, today’s consumers have three options: completely natural, partially natural or fully synthetic. Here are some popular choices: Solid hardwood Traditional, solid hardwood flooring is an unfinished product that’s installed with nails. In addition to…Read More

Developments in Carpet Technology

By Sam Gulesserian of Carpeteria, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO – Carpet technology has come a long way over the last six decades. From innovations in soil and stain resistance to improved backing and yarn systems, today’s carpets are stronger and more durable than ever. One aspect of carpeting…Read More

Sam Gulesserian: Never Looking Back

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN LEANDRO – After immigrating to the United States at the age of 18, Sam Gulesserian began working in the floor covering industry and never looked back. “I’m originally from Beirut, Lebanon,” he explains. “When I came to the U.S., my…Read More

Crucial Aspects of Pool Construction

By Marc Hannigan of Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − A new swimming pool is one of the largest investments a homeowner can make, so it only makes sense to plan carefully. Here are some crucial aspects to consider when planning for your new pool: Your contractor The success…Read More

Marc Hannigan: Diving In

By James Florence , Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE − While some people gradually ease into their professional careers, Marc Hannigan was able to dive right in, thanks in part to an avocational aptitude. “I’ve been scuba diving since I was 12 years old,” he explains. “While in college,…Read More

Video: Preparing for Pool Construction

With Marc Hannigan of Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to build a new swimming pool, there are a number of important details you’ll need to consider. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Marc Hannigan of Royal Pools to learn…Read More

Video: Considerations for Solar Installation

With Karissa Gallo of SolarUnion, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO – Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to purchase a solar energy system, it’s important to look beyond the panels and consider some lesser-known technical aspects. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Karissa Gallo of SolarUnion to…Read More

Optimizing Your Solar Energy System

By Karissa Gallo of SolarUnion, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO – When switching to solar energy, the goal is to achieve a full electric offset for 25 years—that is, 25 years with no electricity bills. However, in order to attain this level of energy production, you’ll need a system…Read More

Karissa Gallo: Renewable Enthusiasm

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO – Karissa Gallo started working in the renewable energy field while living in New York, but it wasn’t until she moved to sunny California that solar power became her primary focus. “I’ve always been passionate about making a difference…Read More

Code Compliance in Construction

By Sergiu Deac of Best Construction, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – An important aspect of any building project is making sure things are done to code. The State of California has rigorous building code standards, both in regard to structural integrity and energy efficiency, so it requires careful diligence…Read More

Video: Building Code Compliance in Remodeling

With Sergiu Deac of Best Construction, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to a home remodeling project, one critical aspect is staying compliant with building code standards. To learn more, we’re in San Jose with Anamaria Deac of Best Construction, speaking on behalf of Diamond…Read More

Sergiu Deac: Building Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE – After finding the opportunity he sought in the United States, Sergiu Deac continued to build upon that initial foundation and further his career. “In 2001, I left my home country of Romania and came to the U.S. to…Read More

Video: Tree Selection

With John Gingrich of Gingrich Horticulture Service , a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Host, Sarah Rutan: When selecting a new tree to install on your property, there are some important things you should look for. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor John Gingrich of Gingrich Horticulture Services to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Video: Understanding Termite Swarms

With Andy Bongiorno of Bongiorno Termite Control, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

BRENTWOOD – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you see termites swarming outside your home, you may think you have a problem, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Today we’re in Brentwood with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Andy Bongiorno of Bongiorno Termite Control to…Read More

Understanding Termite Swarms

By Andy Bongiorno of Bongiorno Termite Control, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

BRENTWOOD – If you see termites swarming around your property, your first instinct may be to call a termite control company, but in reality, you should probably hold the phone. By learning about the swarming habits of termites, you can gain…Read More

Andy Bongiorno: Taking on the Termites

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

BRENTWOOD – As a former FedEx courier, Andy Bongiorno used to deliver parcels for a living, but now that he’s a termite control professional, he spends his days delivering clients from perilous, pestilent plights. “After working as a courier for several…Read More

Video: Toilet Maintenance Tip

With Mostafa Sowadah of One Source Plumbing and Rooter, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you routinely find that one flush isn’t enough, you’ll be glad to learn about a simple solution for a common toilet problem. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mostafa Sowadah of…Read More