Eric Beresford-Wood: Synthetic Turf Aficionado
Tu Dang: Hardwood Floor Aficionado
Mazz E.: Security Specialist
Mikki Cardoza: Real Estate Mover
Ron Smith: Interior Design Enthusiast
Dean A.: Solar Specialist
Mike Campbell: Pet Boarding Expert
Fred Ramos: Plumbing Pro

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: Socializing Your Dog

With Mike Campbell of Paradise Pet Resorts, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK – Host, Sarah Rutan: Besides exercise and nutrition, an important part of caring for a dog’s health is providing opportunities for socialization. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Campbell of Paradise Pet Resorts to learn why. …Read More

The Benefits of Dog Daycare

By Mike Campbell of Paradise Pet Resorts, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK – Many dog owners make a habit of leaving their dogs home alone while they’re at work during the day. However, there’s a better option that not only ensures your dog is supervised, but actually nurtures its physical and…Read More

Mike Campbell: It’s a Dog’s Life

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ROHNERT PARK – After 26 years working in retail, Mike Campbell was ready for a change, so when a unique opportunity came to his attention, he didn’t hesitate to let his career go to the dogs. “My mom told me that…Read More

Video: Solar Financing Options

With Dean A. of Highlight Solar, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to install a solar power system, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is how you’re going to finance it. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dean from…Read More

Solar Financing Options

By Dean A. of Highlight Solar, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – When it comes to financing a solar power system, there are numerous options to choose from, each with particular benefits for homeowners in varying financial situations. Gaining an understanding of each of these options will help you decide…Read More

Dean A.: Power Driven

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE – Considering that he has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, it wouldn’t be a stretch to describe Dean A. as “power driven.” “I’ve always been intrigued by power systems,” he affirms. “I used to be in engineering and…Read More

Debunking Real Estate Appraisal Myths

By Bryan Van Heusen of Van Heusen Real Estate Group, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANTON − If you’re planning to sell your home, one of the first things you’ll need to determine is how much it’s worth. Unfortunately, when it comes to calculating a home’s value, there are a lot of misconceptions that can lead to…Read More

Video: Avoiding Hardwood Floor Contaminants

With Tu Dang of All Bay Hardwood Floors, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to maintaining a hardwood floor, some cleaning and polishing products can actually do more harm than good. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tu Dang of All Bay Hardwood…Read More

Common Mistakes with Hardwood Floor Cleaning

By Tu Dang of All Bay Hardwood Floors, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – When it comes to cleaning a hardwood floor, there are a couple of common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. One is using any cleaning product that contains wax or oil, which are considered contaminants by the hardwood floor…Read More

Tu Dang: Hardwood Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE – Born and raised in Vietnam, Tu Dang utilized his dual citizenship to seek professional opportunity in the United States. “My mother is Vietnamese and my father is American, so that gave me a big advantage when I decided…Read More

Video: Streamlining Sewer Repairs

With Fred Ramos of Star Rooter and Plumbing, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LORENZO – Host, Sarah Rutan: While repairing a sewer line was once an arduous job, modern innovations have enabled plumbers to streamline the process. Today we’re in San Lorenzo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Fred Ramos of Star Rooter and Plumbing…Read More

Trenchless Sewer Replacement

By Fred Ramos of Star Rooter and Plumbing, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LORENZO – In the past, when a sewer line needed to be replaced, it had to be fully excavated, which was an expensive, time-consuming process that carried the added bonus of disrupting one’s lawn, sidewalk and whatever else happened to be…Read More

Fred Ramos: A Family Connection

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN LORENZO – When asked how he got involved in the plumbing industry, Fred Ramos attributes it to a family connection. “Before becoming a plumber, I was a technician at a home automation company,” he remembers. “My family had been in…Read More

Understanding Your Electrical System

By Dan Pitcock of Roberts Electric Company, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND − There are two types of electrical systems found in homes today: fuse boxes and circuit breaker panels. Regardless of which you have in your home, it’s beneficial to gain an understanding of how each functions. Fuse box As the precursor…Read More

Video: Understanding Your Electrical System

With Dan Pitcock of Roberts Electric Company, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND − Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether a fuse box or circuit breaker, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of your home’s electrical system. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dan Pitcock of Roberts Electric Company to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Video: Maintaining Your Shocks

With Walee Gon of Faxon Garage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO − Host, Sarah Rutan: Even though they’re commonly overlooked, shocks play a critical role in vehicle safety and performance, which is why proactive maintenance is a must. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Walee Gon of Faxon…Read More

Maintaining Your Shocks

By Walee Gon of Faxon Garage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO − A car’s tires may be “where the rubber meets the road,” but another important aspect of a vehicle’s traction is its shocks. Unfortunately, unlike tires, shocks tend to be overlooked, which is why the first time you typically hear…Read More

How to Reduce Your Chances of Being a Victim

By Mazz E. of Integrity Protective Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND – While it’s impossible to predict whether you’ll be targeted by a criminal, there are ways to reduce your chances of being victimized. One of the best ways is maintaining an awareness of your surroundings. This sounds simple enough, but…Read More

Mazz E.: Maximum Security

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

OAKLAND – Most entrepreneurs are interested in job security, but few can say their job is security. Mazz E. is one of these few, and judging by the firearms and body armor, it’s not something he takes lightly. “I grew up…Read More

Video: Roof Repair or Replacement?

With Steve Daddario of Daddario Roofing Company, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAPITOLA – Host, Sarah Rutan: When dealing with a recurrent roof problem, professional insight can go a long way toward determining an effective solution. Today we’re in Capitola with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steve Daddario of Daddario Roofing Company to learn more….Read More