Proactive Charlotte denizens have likely already filed their 2016 taxes and might have already cashed 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 in their home.
To help you plan your tax return investment, we’ve put together some of the best home improvement projects that you can do. From installing shutters and floors to installing new appliances, these projects can get you the most out of your tax refund.
Get New Floors This Spring
A 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 house 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 home.
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 laminate floor can decrease time spent on the market if you’re thinking of listing your home on the market any time in the future.
Spring Into New Window Treatments
Similar to new flooring, the right 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 changes with each day and you begin to open your windows more often. A few of the best selling and best looking window treatments for springtime include 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, they make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to your home with your tax refund, make sure to consider home value and energy efficiency in addition to their looks.
Invest in Newer Appliances
Next to new window treatments such as shutters or installing new flooring, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most Charlotte homeowners, that would be investing in new appliances. Similar to window treatments and floors, new appliances can make an eye-catching 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 typically the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you choose has a neutral look. For example, stainless steel appliances look modern while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you install new countertops or choose a new color scheme, that stainless steel will complement the decor just as well.
Other Tax Return Home Projects
Investing in your home is one of the savviest decisions Charlotte homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help starting 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.