Chris Burd: Demolition Expert
Paul Gwilliam: Appliance Ace
Eric Warm: Window Wizard
Bob Calderara: Window Covering Enthusiast
Jeremy Carlock: Electrical Personality
Michele Replogle: Realtor 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

The Whole House Fan Advantage

By Jeremy Carlock of Got Watts Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANT HILL − If you’re looking for a more energy-efficient way to cool your home, a whole house fan might be the solution. During the summer, it’s common for people to run their air conditioners until late at night, not realizing that…Read More

Tesla Battery Charging Options

By Jeremy Carlock of Got Watts Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANT HILL − An important aspect of buying an electric vehicle is determining how you’re going to charge it. When it comes to charging a Tesla, there are two options to consider: NEMA 14-50 outlet Your first option for charging a Tesla…Read More

Jeremy Carlock: High Wattage

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PLEASANT HILL − While pursuing a career in law enforcement, Jeremy Carlock decided to cushion his professional future by learning a trade on the side. Little did he know, this secondary venture would later become his primary livelihood. “After high school, I…Read More

Video: Advantages of a Whole House Fan

With Jeremy Carlock of Got Watts Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANT HILL − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking for a low-cost, energy-efficient way to cool your home, it’s worthwhile to consider the many benefits of a whole house fan. Today we’re in Pleasant Hill with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeremy Carlock of…Read More

Video: Tesla Car Charging

With Jeremy Carlock of Got Watts Electric, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANT HILL − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about purchasing a Tesla electric car, you’ll need to consider your options in regard to charging. Today we’re in Pleasant Hill with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeremy Carlock of Got Watts Electric to learn…Read More

How to Remove a Shutter Panel

By Bob Calderara of Discount Blinds and Shutters, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

RIPON − If you have window shutters in your home, at some point you may need to remove one or more of them, whether to do some painting, window cleaning or repairs. Fortunately, this isn’t hard to do—all you need is a…Read More

Bob Calderara: Blind Ambition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

RIPON − After more than 30 years in the window covering industry, Bob Calderara recounts his early introduction to the field. “I first got into doing window treatments when I was about 12 years old,” he remembers. “My brother-in-law was an installer…Read More

Video: How to Remove a Shutter Panel

With Bob Calderara of Discount Blinds and Shutters, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

RIPON − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you need to remove one or more panels from a window shutter in your home, you’ll be glad to know it’s easy to do. Today we’re in Ripon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bob Calderara of Discount…Read More

Considering Home Value When Choosing Window Frames

By Eric Warm of Quality Windows & Doors, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANTON − When it comes to choosing window frames, most people want to find the most cost-effective options available. However, another important factor to consider is how your choice may affect your home’s resale value. Depending on the home, even a quality…Read More

Eric Warm: A Heightened Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PLEASANTON − After several years in the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry, Eric Warm had reached a professional plateau. Fortunately, thanks to an uncommon drive to succeed (along with a helpful referral), he was able to advance his career to new heights….Read More

Video: Window Frames and Home Resale Value

With Eric Warm of Quality WIndows & Doors, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANTON − Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing new window and door frames, an important yet often neglected consideration is how your choice can affect your home’s resale value. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eric Warm of Quality Windows &…Read More

The Best Time to Buy or Sell a Home

By Michele Replogle of Michele Replogle - David Lyng Real Estate, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CRUZ − As a realtor, my clients often ask me if it’s a good time to buy or sell a home, depending on the current state of the housing market. My typical response is it depends what you want to do….Read More

Michele Replogle: Owning It

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA CRUZ − Michele Replogle’s aspirations of becoming a real estate agent began with a childhood dream of home ownership. “I grew up living in a rental home, and even from a young age, I understood it was a very disempowering position…Read More

Video: The Right Time to Buy or Sell a Home

With Michele Replogle of Michele Replogle - David Lyng Real Estate, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CRUZ − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re wondering whether it’s a good time to buy or sell a home, you might be surprised to know this has less to do with the market and more to do with your particular life circumstances….Read More

Video: Demolition Permits

With Chris Burd of Dig & Demo, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAMON − Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a demolition project, you’ll need to know some important information regarding permits. Today we’re in San Ramon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Burd of Dig & Demo to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

Permits in Demolition

By Chris Burd of Dig & Demo, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAMON − Since any type of demolition project requires a permit, it’s a good idea to get the ball rolling early when planning yours. Your contractor should gather all the permits for you, but in order to get the process started,…Read More

Chris Burd: Demolition Man

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN RAMON − After working in the volatile construction industry for many years, Chris Burd began looking for a career opportunity that would provide greater stability. Ironically, he found it by purchasing a company that specialized in the destabilization of unsound structures—or,…Read More

Preparing your Pool for Summer

By John Pittman of Roger's Pool & Spa Service Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SEBASTOPOL − Following its winter dormancy, you’ll need to spend a little time getting your swimming pool ready for summer use. Preparing your pool primarily consists of two aspects: cleaning and sanitation. Cleaning Use a vacuum and/or handheld net to remove stray…Read More

Video: A Simple Rule for Appliance Repair

With Paul Gwilliam of Asien's Appliance, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to do your own home appliance repair, don’t forget to follow a simple yet often-overlooked rule. To learn more, we’re in Santa Rosa with Vernon Weerts, service manager at Asien’s Appliance, speaking on behalf…Read More

Utility Considerations in Kitchen Remodeling

By Paul Gwilliam of Asien's Appliance, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − When having your kitchen remodeled, one thing you’ll need to think about is utilities, particularly in relation to the appliances you’re planning to use. Here are some things to consider: Power requirements/specifications Besides deciding between gas- and electric-powered appliances,…Read More