Kitchen with Polywood plantation shutters

Home Renovation Projects to Do with Your Tax Return

March 21, 2017

Forward-thinking Clearwater residents have already filed their taxes for 2016 and might have already used their return checks. But before you start going through that return like a kid in a toy store, think about where you could use that money that will benefit you in the long run. The answer to that for most homeowners in Clearwater is to put that money back into their home.

To help you plan your tax return investment, here are a few of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do this spring. From installing shutters and floors to purchasing new appliances, these suggestions can get you the most out of your tax return.

New Flooring For Spring

A dazzling new floor is one of the best gifts you can give your Clearwater home from your return. Complementing your annual spring cleaning, new flooring can completely change the look and feel of your house for the new season. Just think about how a new hardwood or tile floor could look in some of the rooms in your space.

Clearwater hardwood floor and blinds

New flooring is a great tax refund project because it naturally increases your home’s value. It’s proven that certain types of floors like real hardwood and stone or tile can up the appraisal value of a home, while a beautiful new carpet or vinyl floor can help increase a home’s walkthrough appeal if you’re thinking of listing your home on the market any time in the future.

Spring Into New Window Treatments

Just like new flooring, a new window treatment can transform the style of your home. But tax time is an even better time to think about window treatments, as the weather changes more with each day and you begin to open your windows more often. Two of the best and most popular window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades.

Clearwater shutters in dining room and great room

Some window treatments can help you get even more money in your pocket on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that in addition to lowering your monthly HVAC bills, they make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to your house with your tax refund, be sure to consider energy efficiency and home value in addition to their looks.

Invest in Newer Appliances With Your Tax Refund

After new window treatments such as shutters or putting in a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home project to invest in? For most Clearwater homeowners, the answer is investing in new appliances. As with flooring and window treatments, new appliances can make a bold fashion statement and bring the look of your home up to date.

Clearwater kitchen with shutters and appliances 

Start with your kitchen appliances. The fridge, microwave, and oven are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, as they’re often the most-used and most often seen. Be sure that any new appliance you pick has a neutral look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look modern while still being relatively neutral, so even if you install new countertops or want to change up your colors, your appliances complement the decor just the same.

Other Tax Return Home Projects

Reinvesting in your home is one of the best decisions Clearwater homeowners can make. For more suggestions or for help getting started on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Clearwater at 813-580-7288. We’ll travel to your home for a free, no-hassle design consultation to help you make the right decision for your home this spring.
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