DIY or Not: How to Interview a Contractor

Interview a Contractor

Many of us have the ability to make adjustments, repairs and enhancements to our homes. Many simple tasks are easy to update like replacing a light switch cover. However, other types of tasks may require more skills that you may or may not have. If you feel that electrical work is not in your skill set, it is a good idea to hire a contractor. Although you have the skills, you do not have the time to perform the task. This is another reason you may need to hire a contractor to help you. Read More


Winter Home Improvements to Cut Energy Costs

Feets of a family wearing woolen socks warming near the fireplaceGuest Blogger:  Maria Ramos

With the winter months well underway, many people are seeing their utility bills skyrocket as a result of heating their homes to counteract the chilly weather. With some preparation and the right home improvements, it doesn’t have to be this way. Much of the energy consumed by households is essentially wasted, so it’s important to improve efficiency as a means of sparing your wallet as well as the natural environment. Fortunately, many of the projects that can help in reaching this goal can be accomplished in a short amount of time and Read More


How Long Certain Home Improvements will Take to Pay for Themselves

Photo Courtesy of The Trusted ToolboxGuest Blogger: Gunner Kenyon

For homeowners, it’s an endless struggle: You know that you could save money on monthly expenses if you were to renovate your home, but those renovations cost money. So, the obvious problem is trying to determine which renovations are going to be worth the cost, and how long it will take for those renovations to pay for themselves. Of course, given that no two homes are the same, it’s impossible to say matter-of-factly which home improvements will pay off and when, yet that’s exactly what we’re about to do! Here are five home enhancements that will save you more than you spend to install them… eventually. Read More


Home Remodel Tip: Update Living Room Furnishings

Update Living Room FurnishingsPeople who have a dedicated living room in their home usually furnish it in a more formal sitting room style. This is different than a family room which will be more casual. A living room is often used as a conversation room when guests come to the house for a cup a tea or a nice chat. It can also be used as a quiet reading room for members of the family. Since formal living rooms are not frequently used, people usually save some money and create a budget to eventually fully furnish this room. The living room is often times attached Read More


The Zen of Zada Year in Review

Zen of Zada - HomeZada Blog - Year in ReviewWe are still in the beginning of 2015 and what better way to move forward then to take a quick peak back. Let’s take a look at what Zen of Zada posts are readers appreciated the most from 2014. A year in review is what we will do here. We learned what our readers were interested in hearing about and what they liked to share with the world. We also learned that the home has a lot of different meanings to all fans and followers. As we say goodbye to 2014, we hope you enjoy all the posts we will provide you in 2015. If there are Zen of Zada topics you would like us to cover or posts you really loved and want us to drill down further, please let us know and we will get right on it. info@homezada.com  Read More