Home Improvement Ideas For Your Tax Return Dollars

Holly Perron

Smart Philadelphia denizens have already filed their taxes for 2016 and may have even spent their return checks. But before you start burning through that return like a kid in a toy store, think about where you could use that money that will benefit you the most. The answer to that for most residents of Philadelphia will be to invest 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 floors and shutters to putting in modern appliances, these suggestions will help you get the most out of your tax return.

New Flooring For Spring

Awesome new floors are some of the best gifts you can give your Philadelphia home this spring. In addition to your annual spring cleaning, new flooring can completely change the look and feel of your house just in time for the new season. Just imagine how a new hardwood floor, carpet or tile could look in one of the rooms in your space.

Philadelphia hardwood floor and blinds

Getting new floors is a great tax return project because it naturally increases the value of your home. It’s proven that certain types of floors like hardwood and natural tile can up the appraisal value of a home, while a stylish new carpet or laminate floor can help increase a home’s walkthrough appeal if you’re thinking about listing your home on the market any time in the future.

Spring Into New Window Treatments

Just like new flooring, a new 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 more with each day and you begin to open your windows more often. Two of the best and most popular window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades.

Philadelphia shutters in dining room and family room

Certain window treatments can even net you more money in your pocket on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that in addition to saving you on your monthly AC bills, they qualify you for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to yourself with your tax refund, make sure to consider home value and energy efficiency as well as how they look.

Choose Newer Appliances With Your Tax Return

Next to new window treatments such as shutters or installing a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most Philadelphia homeowners, the answer is investing in new appliances. Similar to flooring and window treatments, new appliances can make a striking fashion statement and modernize the look of your home.

Philadelphia kitchen with shutters and appliances 

Begin with your kitchen appliances. The fridge, dishwasher, and range are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, since those are often the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you pick has a complementary look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look ultra-modern while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you install new counters or choose a new color scheme, that stainless steel will complement the decor just as effectively.

Other Tax Refund Home Projects

Reinvesting in your home is one of the smartest choices Philadelphia homeowners can make. For more info or for help starting on those new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia at 215-874-4897. We’ll travel to your house for a free, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the right choice for your home this season.