Home Renovation Projects to Do with Your Tax Return03/21/2017Curtis Orton Forward-thinking San Jose residents have likely already filed their taxes for 2016 and may have already spent their refund checks. But before you begin burning through that refund like a kid in a candy store, think about where you could use that money that will benefit you the most. The answer to that for many in San Jose is to put that money back into their home. To help you plan your tax refund investment, below are a few of the best home projects that you can do. From new shutters and floors to purchasing modern appliances, these ideas will get you the most out of your tax return. Get New Floors This Spring Awesome new floors are some of the best things you can give your San Jose home from your return. In addition to your yearly spring cleaning, new flooring can totally transform the look and feel of your house for the new season. Just imagine how a new tile floor or hardwood might look in some of the rooms in your space. Getting new floors is a great tax refund project because it naturally increases your home’s value. It’s proven that certain flooring like real hardwood and natural tile can increase a home’s appraisal value, while a beautiful new carpet or laminate floor can decrease time spent on the market if you’re thinking of putting your home on the market any time in the future. Spring Into New Window Coverings As with new flooring, a new window treatment can radically change your home’s style. But tax season is an even better time to consider new window treatments, as the weather starts changing as each day passes and you begin to open your windows more often. Two of the best selling and best looking window treatments for the spring include plantation shutters and shades. Some window treatments can even net you more money back on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters are such an energy efficient window treatment that as a bonus to lowering your monthly heating bills, the shutters make you eligible for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to your home with your tax return, make sure to consider energy efficiency and home value as well as their looks. Invest in New Appliances After new window treatments like shutters or installing new flooring, what’s the next best home project you can do? For most San Jose homeowners, the answer is investing in new appliances. Similar to flooring and window treatments, new appliances can be an eye-catching fashion statement and modernize the look of your home. Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. The fridge, dishwasher, and oven are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, since those are often the most-used and most often seen. Ensure that any new appliance you choose has a neutral look. For example, stainless steel appliances look 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 Investing in your home is one of the smartest decisions San Jose homeowners can make. For more suggestions or for help starting on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters San Jose at 916-542-1305. We’ll come out to your house for a complimentary, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the right choice for your home this spring.