Forward-thinking Boston homeowners have already filed their 2016 taxes and may have already used their return checks. But before you begin burning through that return like a kid in a candy store, consider where you can spend that money that will give you the biggest benefit. The answer to that for most residents of Boston is to invest that money back in their home.
To help you plan your tax return investment, here are some of the most beneficial home projects that you can do this spring. From installing floors and shutters to getting new appliances, these suggestions can get you the most out of your tax refund.
Get New Floors This Spring
A dazzling new floor is one of the best gifts you can give your Boston home with your refund. Alongside your annual spring cleaning, new flooring can totally transform the look and feel of your home just in time for the new season. Just think about how a new hardwood or tile floor might look in one of the rooms in your home.
Getting new floors is a fantastic tax refund project because it can increase the value of your home. It’s proven that certain types of floors like real hardwood and natural tile can increase the appraisal value of a home, while a stylish new carpet or laminate floor can decrease time spent on the market if you’re thinking about listing your home on the market in the near future.
Spring Into New Window Coverings
As with new flooring, a new window treatment can transform your home’s style. But tax season is an even better time to consider new window treatments, as the weather changes more with each day and you begin to open your windows more often. Some of the best and most popular window treatments for the spring are plantation shutters and shades.
Certain window treatments can help you get even more money in your pocket during tax season. Polywood® plantation shutters provide such great energy efficiency that in addition to lowering your monthly heating and AC bills, Polywood shutters make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to yourself with your tax refund, make sure to think about energy efficiency and home value as well as their looks.
Invest in Newer Appliances
After new window treatments such as shutters or installing new flooring, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most Boston homeowners, that answer would be putting in new appliances. Similar to window treatments and floors, new appliances can be a bold fashion statement and bring the look of your home up to date.
Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. The fridge, microwave, and oven are some of best places to start when thinking about replacements, as they’re frequently the most-used and most often seen. Ensure that any new appliance you install has a versatile look. For example, stainless steel appliances look stylish while still being relatively neutral, so even if you install new countertops or want to change up your colors, your appliances complement the decor just the same.
More Tax Return Home Projects
Reinvesting in your home is one of the best decisions Boston homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help starting on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Boston at 781-352-2205
. We’ll come out to your house for a complimentary, no-hassle design consultation to help you make the best choice for your home this season.