Home Improvement Projects for Your Tax Return03/21/2017Danielle Micich Forward-thinking Fort Lauderdale residents have already filed their 2016 taxes and might have already spent their refund checks. But before you begin burning through that refund like a kid in a toy store, consider where you can use that money that will benefit you in the long run. The answer to that for many in Fort Lauderdale is to invest that money back in their home. To help you plan your tax return investment, here are a few of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do this spring. From installing shutters and floors to getting new appliances, these suggestions will get you the most out of your tax refund. New Flooring For Spring Awesome new floors are some of the best gifts you can give your Fort Lauderdale home with your refund. Complementing your yearly spring cleaning, new floors can totally transform the look and feel of your house just in time for the new season. Just think about how a new carpet or hardwood floor might look in one of the rooms in your space. New flooring is a fantastic tax return project because it naturally increases the value of your home. It’s a fact that certain types of floors like hardwood and stone or tile can increase a home’s appraisal value, while a beautiful new carpet or vinyl floor can improve your house’s walkthrough appeal if you’re thinking about listing your home on the market at some point. Spring Into New Window Coverings As with new flooring, the right window treatment can radically 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. Some of the best selling and best looking window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades. Some window treatments can help you get even more money back during tax season. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that as a bonus to lowering your monthly heating bills, they qualify you for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your present to your home with your tax refund, be sure to think about home value and energy efficiency as well as their looks. Invest in New Appliances After new window treatments such as shutters or installing a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home project to invest in? For most Fort Lauderdale homeowners, the answer is putting in new appliances. Similar to flooring and window treatments, new appliances can make an eye-catching fashion statement and update the feel of your home. Begin with your kitchen appliances. The fridge, microwave, and oven are some of best places to start when thinking about replacements, since they’re often the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you install has a neutral look. For example, stainless steel appliances look ultra-modern while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you refinish 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 savviest decisions Fort Lauderdale homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help starting on those new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale at 561-440-8535. We’ll travel to your home for a free, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the right choice for your home this spring.