Home Improvement Projects to Use Your Tax Return On03/21/2017Cory Cryer Smart Houston residents have already filed their taxes for 2016 and may have already used their return checks. But before you start going through that return like a kid in a candy store, think about where you could spend that money that will give you the biggest benefit. The answer to that for many in Houston is to invest in their home. To help you plan your tax refund investment, we’ve put together a few of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do. From installing floors and shutters to getting modern 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 Houston home with your refund. Alongside your yearly spring cleaning, new flooring can completely transform the look and feel of your home for the new season. Just think about how a new hardwood floor, carpet or tile could look in some of the rooms in your space. Getting new floors is an awesome tax return project because it naturally increases the value of your home. It’s a fact that certain flooring like real hardwood and stone or tile can up the appraisal value of a home, while a stylish new carpet or laminate floor can improve a house’s walkthrough appeal if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market in the near future. Spring Into New Window Coverings Similar to new flooring, a new 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 starts changing as each day passes and you begin to open your windows more often. Some of our favorite window treatments for the spring are plantation shutters and shades. Some window treatments can even net you more money in your pocket on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters provide such great energy efficiency that in addition to lowering your monthly AC bills, they make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to your house with your tax refund, be sure to consider energy efficiency and home value as well as how they look. Choose Newer Appliances After new window treatments such as shutters or putting in a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most Houston homeowners, the answer is putting in new appliances. As with window treatments and floors, new appliances can be an eye-catching fashion statement and bring the look of your home up to date. Start with your kitchen appliances. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, as those are typically the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you pick has a complementary look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look stylish while still being relatively neutral, so even if you refinish your countertops or repaint the walls, your appliances complement the decor just as effectively. More Tax Return Home Projects Investing in your home is one of the savviest choices Houston homeowners can make. For more suggestions or for help getting started on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Houston at 713-853-9629. We’ll come out to your home for a complimentary, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the best choice for your home this season.