Home Remodeling Projects to Use Your Tax Return On03/21/2017Blake Jarman Proactive Raleigh residents have probably already completed their 2016 taxes and might have even spent their return checks. But before you begin burning through that return like a kid in a toy store, think about where you could use that money that will benefit you in the long run. The answer to that for many in Raleigh is to invest in their home. To aid in planning your tax refund investment, below are a few of the best home projects that you can do this spring. From putting in floors and shutters to installing modern appliances, these projects will get you the most out of your tax refund. New Flooring For Spring Awesome new floors are some of the best things you can give your Raleigh home from your return. In addition to your annual spring cleaning, new flooring can totally change the look and feel of your house just in time for the new season. Just think about how a new tile floor or hardwood could look in some of the rooms in your space. New flooring is an awesome tax return project because it naturally increases the value of your home. It’s a fact that certain types of floors like 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 at some point. Spring Into New Window Coverings Just like new flooring, the right window treatment can radically change the style of your home. But tax time is an even better time to consider new window treatments, as the weather changes as each day passes and you begin to open your windows more often. Some of our favorite window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades. Certain window treatments can help you get even more money in your pocket on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters provide such great energy efficiency that in addition to saving you on your monthly AC bills, the shutters qualify you for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to yourself with your tax return, make sure to think about home value and energy efficiency in addition to 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 the majority of Raleigh homeowners, that would be putting 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. Start with your kitchen appliances. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and range are some of best places to start when thinking about replacements, since those are typically the most-used and most often seen. Ensure that any new appliance you choose has a complementary look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look 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 Refund Home Projects Reinvesting in your home is one of the best choices Raleigh homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help starting on those new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Raleigh at 919-887-9198. We’ll make our way to your home for a complimentary, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the best choice for your home this spring.