Home Renovation Projects to Use Your Tax Return On03/21/2017Tyler Jorgensen Smart Austin residents have probably already filed their 2016 taxes and might have already used their return checks. But before you begin going through that return like a kid in a candy store, think about where you could spend that money that will benefit you in the long run. The answer to that for most homeowners in Austin will be to invest that money back in their home. To aid in planning your tax refund investment, here are some of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do. From installing shutters and floors to putting in new appliances, these suggestions will help you get the most out of your tax return. Get New Floors This Spring Awesome new floors are some of the best gifts you can give your Austin home from your return. Complementing your yearly spring cleaning, new flooring can totally change the look and feel of your house for the new season. Just think about how a new hardwood floor, carpet or tile might look in one of the rooms in your home. Getting new floors is an awesome tax refund project because it naturally increases your home’s value. It’s a fact that certain flooring like hardwood and natural tile can increase a home’s resale 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 any time in the future. Spring Into New Window Coverings Similar to new flooring, the right window treatment can totally change the style of your home. But tax time 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 our favorite window treatments for springtime are plantation shutters and shades. Certain window treatments can even net you more money in your pocket during tax season. Polywood® plantation shutters provide such great energy efficiency that as a bonus to saving you on your monthly heating bills, Polywood shutters make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to your home with your tax return, be sure to consider energy efficiency and home value in addition to their looks. Choose New Appliances After new window treatments like shutters or putting in new flooring, what’s the next best home project to invest in? For the majority of Austin homeowners, the answer is investing in new appliances. Like window treatments and floors, new appliances can be an eye-catching fashion statement and modernize the look of your home. Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. The fridge, microwave, and range are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, since they’re typically the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you choose has a complementary look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look ultra-modern while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you redo your countertops or repaint the walls, that stainless steel will complement the decor just the same. Other Tax Return Home Projects Reinvesting in your home is one of the savviest decisions Austin homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help starting on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Austin at 512-549-6077. We’ll travel to your house for a free, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the best choice for your home this season.