Home Remodeling Projects to Do with Your Tax Return
Proactive New York homeowners have probably already completed their 2016 taxes and might have even spent their refund checks. But before you begin going through that refund like a kid in a toy store, think about where you could use that money that will benefit you the most. The answer to that for many in New York is to put that money back into their home.
To aid in planning your tax return investment, below are some of the most beneficial home projects that you can do this spring. From installing shutters and floors to purchasing new appliances, these projects can get you the most out of your tax refund.
Get New Floors This Spring
Awesome new floors are some of the best gifts you can give your New York home from your return. In addition to your annual spring cleaning, new floors can totally transform the look and feel of your house for the new season. Just think about how a new carpet or hardwood floor could look in some of the rooms in your space.
New flooring is an awesome tax return project because it naturally increases your home’s value. It’s a fact that certain types of floors like real hardwood and natural tile can increase the appraisal value of a home, while a beautiful new carpet or vinyl floor can decrease time spent on the market if you’re thinking of listing your home on the market at some point.
Spring Into New Window Coverings
Similar to new flooring, a new window treatment can totally change your home’s style. But tax season is an even better time to think about window treatments, as the weather starts changing with each day and you start opening up your windows more. Two of our favorite window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades.
Some window treatments can even net you more money back during tax season. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that in addition to lowering your monthly heating bills, Polywood shutters qualify you for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to your home with your tax refund, be sure to think about home value and energy efficiency as well as their looks.
Choose New Appliances
After new window treatments like shutters or putting in a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most New York homeowners, that answer would be putting in new appliances. Similar to window treatments and floors, new appliances can be a striking fashion statement and modernize the look of your home.
Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. Your refrigerator, microwave, and stove are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, since they’re often the most-used and most visible. Ensure that any new appliance you choose has a versatile look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look stylish 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.