Home Improvement Projects to Do with Your Tax Return

Kimball Jones

Smart Southern California homeowners have likely already completed their 2016 taxes and may have already spent their refund checks. But before you begin going through that refund like a kid in a toy store, think about where you could spend that money that will give you the biggest benefit. The answer to that for most homeowners in Southern California will be to invest that money back in their home.

To aid in planning your tax refund investment, below are a few of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do. From new shutters and floors to putting in new appliances, these suggestions can help you get the most out of your tax refund.

New Flooring For Spring

Awesome new floors are some of the best things you can give your Southern California home from your return. Alongside your yearly spring cleaning, new floors can completely change the look and feel of your house just in time for the new season. Just imagine how a new hardwood or tile floor could look in one of the rooms in your house.

Southern California hardwood floor and blinds

New flooring is a great tax return project because it can increase your home’s value. It’s proven that certain flooring like real hardwood and stone or tile can up a home’s resale value, while a beautiful 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 Treatments

As with new flooring, a new window treatment can transform the style of your home. But tax time is an even better time to consider new window treatments, as the weather changes with each day and you start opening up your windows more. A few of our favorite window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades.

Southern California shutters in kitchen and family room

Certain window treatments can help you get even more money back on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that as a bonus to lowering your monthly heating bills, Polywood shutters make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to yourself with your tax return, make sure to think about energy efficiency and home value as well as how they look.

Invest in Newer Appliances

After new window treatments like shutters or installing a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most Southern California homeowners, the answer is putting in new appliances. Similar to flooring and window treatments, new appliances can make an eye-catching fashion statement and update the feel of your home.

Southern California kitchen with shutters and appliances 

Start with your kitchen appliances. The fridge, microwave, and range are some of best places to start when thinking about replacements, as those are frequently the most-used and most visible. Ensure that any new appliance you choose has a versatile look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look modern while still being relatively neutral, so even if you install new counters or repaint the walls, that stainless steel will complement the decor just as effectively.

More Tax Refund Home Projects

Putting money back in your home is one of the savviest decisions Southern California homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help getting started on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474. We’ll come out to your home for a complimentary, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the right choice for your home this spring.