Home Remodeling Projects to Do with Your Tax Return

Darren Zuckerman

Proactive New York City 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 City is to put that money back into their home.

To aid in planning your tax return investment, we’ve put together 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 City home this spring. 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 York City hardwood floor and blinds

New flooring is a fantastic 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 a home’s appraisal value, while a beautiful new carpet or laminate 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.

New York City shutters in dining room and family room

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 house 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 to invest in? For most New York City homeowners, that answer would be putting in new appliances. Like window treatments and floors, new appliances can be an eye-catching fashion statement and bring the look of your home up to date.

New York City kitchen with shutters and appliances 

Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. Your refrigerator, microwave, and range 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 redo your countertops or want to change up your colors, your appliances complement the decor just the same.

Other Tax Return Home Projects

Investing in your home is one of the savviest decisions New York City homeowners can make. For more info or for help starting on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters New York at 631-246-3930. We’ll come out to your home for a free, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the best choice for your home this spring.