Home Renovation Projects to Do with Your Tax Return
Proactive Seattle homeowners have probably already completed their 2016 taxes and might have even cashed their return checks. But before you start burning through that return 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 Seattle will be to invest that money back in their home.
To aid in planning your tax refund investment, we’ve put together some of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do this spring. From putting in floors and shutters to putting in modern appliances, these projects can help you get 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 Seattle home this spring. In addition to your yearly spring cleaning, new flooring can totally transform the look and feel of your house for the new season. Just imagine how a new hardwood or tile floor could look in some of the rooms in your home.
New flooring is an awesome tax refund project because it can increase your home’s value. It’s proven that certain flooring like real hardwood and natural tile can up the resale value of a home, while a beautiful new carpet or laminate floor can decrease time spent on the market if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market in the near future.
Spring Into New Window Treatments
As with new flooring, the right window treatment can transform your home’s style. But tax time is an even better time to consider new window treatments, as the weather changes more as each day passes and you begin to open your windows more often. Two of our favorite window treatments for springtime are plantation shutters and shades.
Certain window treatments can help you get even more money back during tax season. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that as a bonus to lowering your monthly AC bills, Polywood shutters make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to yourself with your tax return, be sure to think about home value and energy efficiency in addition to their looks.
Choose New Appliances
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 Seattle homeowners, that would be investing in new appliances. As with window treatments and floors, new appliances can make a bold fashion statement and modernize the look of your home.
Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. Your fridge, dishwasher, and range are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, since those are typically the most-used and most often seen. Ensure that any new appliance you choose has a versatile look. For example, stainless steel appliances look ultra-modern while still being relatively neutral, so even if you refinish your countertops or repaint the walls, your appliances complement the decor just the same.