Chuck Ott: Building Enthusiast
Robert Clifford: Building Pro
Leigh Bakhtiari: Floor Covering Fashionista
Daniel Ni: Tinting Titan
Michael Martins: Electric Wizard
Mark Sanford: Hearing Care Specialist
Mario Martinez: Pest Buster
Dan Skiles Jr.: Upholstery Artisan

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

Staying Street Legal with Car Window Tint

By Daniel Ni of Mr. Tint, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA − Depending on which of your car’s windows you’re tinting, there are legal limits to how dark you can go. While the back windows are generally fair game, California law places specific restrictions on tint application for front side windows…Read More

Daniel Ni: Tinting a Dream

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA CLARA − Daniel Ni had just started a promising career as an engineer, but when he was given a chance to pursue his true passion, he left it all behind to follow his heart. “My background is actually in engineering,” he…Read More

Video: Avoiding Legal Issues with Tint

With Daniel Ni of Mr. Tint, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to tint your car’s windows, be sure to choose a product that’s street-legal. Today we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Daniel Ni of Mr. Tint to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

Choosing a Quality Carpet Fiber

By Leigh Bakhtiari of City Carpets, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL – Everyone knows style and color are important factors for choosing a new carpet. However, a lesser-known yet equally important factor is the type of fiber it’s composed of. A carpet’s fiber affects everything from appearance to cleanability, which…Read More

Leigh Bakhtiari: Flooring Fashion

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN RAFAEL – After two decades in the floor covering industry, Leigh Bakhtiari continues to employ her passion for fashion by beautifying her customers’ homes. “I approach each job with the goal of making things as fashionable as possible while simultaneously…Read More

Video: Choosing a Carpet Fiber

With Leigh Bakhtiari of City Carpets, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL – Host, Sarah Rutan: In addition to style and color, an important attribute to look at when selecting a carpet is the type of fiber it’s composed of. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Leigh Bakhtiari…Read More

Video: Why Get a Hearing Test?

With Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – Host, Sarah Rutan: You may think your hearing is fine, but if you’ve never had it tested, you don’t know what you might be missing. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Sanford of Better…Read More

Video: Proactive Hearing Care

With Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – Host, Sarah Rutan: While hearing is a commonly overlooked area of health, delaying treatment can have substantial consequences. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center to learn more. Diamond…Read More

The Importance of Proactive Hearing Care

By Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – Hearing loss is sometimes called the “invisible condition” because most people who experience it aren’t aware they have a problem. This is because hearing loss sets in very gradually, which makes it easy to miss until the symptoms…Read More

Video: Two Types of Hearing Aids

With Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re in need of a hearing aid, you’ll want to be aware of two types of hearing aids and how they function. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Sanford…Read More

Two Types of Hearing Aids

By Mark Sanford of Better Hearing Center, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – Most people know about hearing aids, but few are aware that they fall into two different categories. The first type of hearing aid is called a “daily wear device,” which is worn during the day and removed at…Read More

Mark Sanford: A Life-Changing Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

WALNUT CREEK – Mark Sanford may have come into the audiology field by chance, but there’s nothing coincidental about the impact he’s had during his three decades of professional practice. “When I first went to college, I wasn’t sure what I…Read More

Understanding GFIs

By Michael Martins of AC Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO − While most modern homes have GFIs, not everyone knows what they are or what their purpose is. GFI stands for “ground fault interrupter,” which plainly describes its main function: to interrupt ground faults. But what is a ground fault and…Read More

Understanding Home Automation

By Michael Martins of AC Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO − People are hearing the term “home automation” more and more these days, but what exactly does it mean? In a word, it’s a new concept in the way a home functions—one that implements cutting-edge technology and integrates various systems to…Read More

Michael Martins: Powerage

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

NOVATO − Most electrical professionals get their start in the industry by landing an apprenticeship or going to trade school, but for Michael Martins, it all began with rock and roll. “I was a roadie back in the ’70s and ’80s,” he…Read More

Video: Understanding GFIs

With Michael Martins of AC Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re wondering why the electrical outlets in your kitchen, bathrooms and garage look different than those in other areas of your home, it’s time you learned what a GFI is. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified…Read More

Video: Understanding Home Automation

With Michael Martins of AC Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO − Host, Sarah Rutan: Most people have heard of home automation, but not everyone knows the full extent of its applications. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michael Martins of AC Electric to learn more about this emergent technology….Read More

Video: Combating a Rodent Infestation

With Mario Martinez of All N One Pest Eliminators, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have a rodent problem in your home, you’ll want to combat it in a way that’s both safe and effective. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mario Martinez of All N…Read More

How to Combat a Rodent Infestation

By Mario Martinez of All N One Pest Eliminators, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH – There are a couple of ways to combat a rodent infestation, but in order to ensure both safety and effectiveness, it’s necessary to have an understanding of correct application techniques. One popular option for combating a rodent infestation is…Read More

Mario Martinez: A Friendly Connection

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ANTIOCH – After 15 years in the pest control business, Mario Martinez traces his industry roots back to a friendly connection. “In 2000, a friend of mine got promoted to branch manager for a local pest control company, at which…Read More