Home Design Projects For Your Tax Return Dollars03/21/2017Neil Blackwelder Proactive Charlotte homeowners have probably already filed their 2016 taxes and might have already used their return checks. But before you start going through that return like a kid in a toy store, consider where you can use that money that will benefit you in the long run. The answer to that for many in Charlotte is to invest that money back in their home.To help you plan your tax return investment, below are some of the best home improvement projects that you can do. From installing shutters and floors to getting new appliances, these projects can get you the most out of your tax refund.Get New Floors This SpringA dazzling new floor is one of the best gifts you can give your Charlotte home from your return. Complementing your annual spring cleaning, new floors can totally transform the look and feel of your home just in time for the new season. Just think about how a new hardwood floor, carpet or tile might look in some of the rooms in your house.Getting new floors is a great tax refund project because it naturally increases your home’s value. It’s proven that certain flooring like real hardwood and natural tile can increase the appraisal value of a home, while a stylish new carpet or vinyl floor can decrease time spent on the market if you’re thinking of listing your home on the market in the near future.Spring Into New Window TreatmentsSimilar to new flooring, the right window treatment can radically change your home’s style. But tax season 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 selling and best looking window treatments for springtime are plantation shutters and shades.Some 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 saving you on your monthly AC bills, the shutters make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to your home with your tax refund, make sure to consider home value and energy efficiency in addition to how they look.Invest in Newer Appliances With Your Tax ReturnAfter new window treatments such as shutters or installing new flooring, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most Charlotte homeowners, the answer is investing in new appliances. Similar to window treatments and floors, new appliances can make a striking fashion statement and update the feel of your home. Begin with your kitchen appliances. The fridge, dishwasher, and stove are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, since those are frequently the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you purchase has a neutral look. For example, stainless steel appliances look stylish while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you install new countertops or repaint the walls, that stainless steel will complement the decor just as effectively.Other Tax Return Home ProjectsInvesting in your home is one of the smartest decisions Charlotte homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help getting started on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte at 980-231-1116. We’ll come out to your house for a free, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the best choice for your home this season.