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Home Improvement Projects for Your Tax Return

March 21, 2017

Smart Virginia Beach residents have probably already filed their 2016 taxes and might have even spent their refund checks. But before you start going through that refund like a kid in a toy store, consider where you can spend that money that will give you the biggest benefit. The answer to that for most residents of Virginia Beach is to put that money back into their home.

To aid in planning your tax refund investment, here are some of the best home projects that you can do this spring. From installing shutters and floors to putting in new appliances, these projects will help you get the most out of your tax return.

New Flooring For Spring

A dazzling new floor is one of the best things you can give your Virginia Beach home from your return. Complementing your yearly spring cleaning, new floors can completely change the look and feel of your house for the new season. Just imagine how a new hardwood floor, carpet or tile could look in some of the rooms in your home.

Virginia Beach hardwood floor and blinds

New flooring is a fantastic tax return project because it naturally increases the value of your home. It’s proven that certain flooring like hardwood and stone or tile can up a home’s appraisal value, while a beautiful new carpet or vinyl 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 totally change your home’s style. But tax time is an even better time to think about window treatments, as the weather changes more as each day passes and you begin to open your windows more often. A few of the best and most popular window treatments for the spring are plantation shutters and shades.

Virginia Beach shutters in kitchen and family room

Certain window treatments can help you get even more money in your pocket on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that in addition to lowering your monthly heating and 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 consider energy efficiency and home value in addition to how they look.

Invest in Newer Appliances With Your Tax Return

After new window treatments like shutters or installing a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home improvement you can make? For most Virginia Beach homeowners, the answer is putting in new appliances. As with flooring and window treatments, new appliances can be a striking fashion statement and modernize the look of your home.

Virginia Beach kitchen with shutters and appliances 

Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and range are some of best places to start when thinking about replacements, as those are typically the most-used and most visible. Ensure that any new appliance you install has a versatile look. For example, stainless steel appliances look ultra-modern while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you redo your counters or want to change up your colors, your appliances complement the decor just the same.

Other Tax Return Home Projects

Putting money back in your home is one of the smartest decisions Virginia Beach homeowners can make. For more suggestions or for help starting on those new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach at 757-210-6448. We’ll travel to your home for a complimentary, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the right choice for your home this spring.