Daniel Sojkic: HVAC Authority
Scott Reilly: Landscape Leader
Chet Heenan: Electrical Expert
Dave Keefe: Real Estate Enthusiast
Cathy Olsen: Home Care Professional
Ron Frediani: Duct Cleaning Pro
Lee Dido: Painting Pro
Jim Vivrette: Remodeling Enthusiast

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

How to Prevent a Carpet Stain

By Matt Cole of Cole's Carpet & Upholstery Company , a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HAYWARD − When a spill occurs on your carpet, you’ll need to use the correct clean-up procedure to prevent a permanent stain. First, get a damp towel and blot up as much of the liquid as you can. It’s best to avoid…Read More

Video: How to Prevent a Carpet Stain

With Matt Cole of Cole's Carpet & Upholstery Company , a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: When cleaning a spill on your carpet, knowing the correct procedure can help prevent a permanent stain. Today we’re in Hayward with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Matt Cole of Cole’s Carpet & Upholstery Company to learn more. Diamond…Read More

7 Common Electrical Panel Issues

By Chet Heenan of Reyff Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − Your main electrical panel is the control center of your home’s electrical system. Not only does this panel provide power to your home, it also protects you from hazards by shutting off the power when something goes wrong…Read More

Chet Heenan: From Firing Up to Wiring Up

By James Florence , Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ROHNERT PARK − As a chef-turned-electrician, Chet Heenan went from firing up ovens to wiring up electrical systems. “When I was a young man, I worked as a chef at a restaurant,” he recounts. “However, even though I had a job, I…Read More

Video: Proper Wiring for Electrical Panel Safety

With Chet Heenan of Reyff Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − Host, Sarah Rutan: Due to the complexity of your home’s electrical panel, it’s important to pay close attention to critical aspects like wiring. To learn more, we’re in Rohnert Park with Estevan Alvarez of Reyff Electric, speaking on behalf of…Read More

Video: Considerations for Hiring a Landscaping Company

With Scott Reilly of Reilly Designs, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL – Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a company to maintain your landscape, there are some important things you should look for. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Scott Reilly of Reilly Designs to learn more. Diamond…Read More

How to Identify a Qualified Landscaping Company

By Scott Reilly of Reilly Designs, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL – When hiring a landscaping company to maintain your property, one trait you should look for is strong industry expertise, particularly in the realm of horticulture. For example, a knowledgeable professional should be able to identify the majority of…Read More

Scott Reilly: An Inspired Turn

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN RAFAEL – After spending most of his landscaping career maintaining private estates, Scott Reilly took an inspired turn by switching his focus to landscape design. “I started in landscaping as a teenager, when my brother got me a job working…Read More

3 Preliminary Considerations for Kitchen Design

By Jim Vivrette of Altera Design & Remodeling, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, there are three preliminary design aspects you should consider: 1. The outside environment Most kitchens have a door or window to the outside, which is an important consideration when you’re designing….Read More

Jim Vivrette: A Remodeled Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

WALNUT CREEK – Jim Vivrette developed an early love for building by working alongside his father, but he never expected it to lead to a professional career. “When I was a boy, my dad and I began building a house up…Read More

Video: Furnace Filter Replacement

With Ron Frediani of AWC, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MILLBRAE – Host, Sarah Rutan: Most people know it’s important to replace their furnace filters, but not everyone knows how often it should be done. To learn more, we’re in Millbrae with Joe Frediani of AWC, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified…Read More

Video: Dryer Vent Test

With Ron Frediani of AWC, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MILLBRAE – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re unsure whether your dryer is getting adequate ventilation, there’s one easy way you can test for this. To learn more, we’re in Millbrae with Joe Frediani of AWC, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

Video: Caution for Discount Duct Cleaning

With Ron Frediani of AWC, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MILLBRAE – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you get a coupon in the mail for discounted duct cleaning services, beware—it may not be the bargain it appears. To learn more, we’re in Millbrae with Joe Frediani of AWC, speaking on behalf of Diamond…Read More

3 Ventilation Tips for Homeowners

By Ron Frediani of AWC, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MILLBRAE – When it comes to in-home ventilation, there are some crucial aspects all homeowners should know about. Here are three tips to keep in mind: Change your furnace filter. In order to maintain proper ventilation for your home and HVAC…Read More

Ron Frediani: Capable Expansion

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

MILLBRAE – As second-generation owner of AWC, Ron Frediani hasn’t just maintained his family’s company—he has also managed to expand upon its capabilities. “My dad and uncle started AWC in 1946 and I started working for them in 1965,” he remembers….Read More

Video: Rent or Sell?

With Michael Kenny of Kenny Realty, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’ve inherited an investment property, you’ll need to determine whether it’s a better idea to rent it or sell it. Today we’re in South San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michael Kenny of…Read More

Inherited Properties: Renting vs. Selling

By Michael Kenny of Kenny Realty, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – If you’ve inherited a property, you might be wondering whether it’s more beneficial to sell it or rent it. While either scenario has its advantages, there are some important details to consider before making your decision. One…Read More

Michael Kenny: Realty Roots

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Michael Kenny has always had roots in the real estate industry, so when he decided to pursue it as a career, it felt practically second nature. “My dad started Kenny Realty in 1967,” he explains. “Growing up…Read More

Video: How to Paint Your Home’s Interior

With Lee Dido of Wine Country Painters, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

FORESTVILLE – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to an interior painting project, following a few essential guidelines can help you achieve a positive result. Today we’re in Forestville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lee Dido of Wine Country Painters to learn…Read More

How to Get Clean Lines with Interior Painting

By Lee Dido of Wine Country Painters, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

FORESTVILLE – When painting your home’s interior, knowing the right techniques can go a long way toward achieving a beautiful result. One such technique is using caulking to get clean lines when painting with different colors on adjacent walls and ceilings….Read More