Home Improvement Ideas For Your Tax Refund03/21/2017Nate Gromen Smart Cleveland homeowners have likely already completed their taxes for 2016 and may have already cashed their refund checks. But before you begin going through that refund like a kid in a toy store, consider where you could use that money that will benefit you in the long run. The answer to that for many in Cleveland is to invest in their home.To help you plan your tax refund investment, we’ve put together some of the most beneficial home improvement projects that you can do. From putting in shutters and floors to putting in modern appliances, these suggestions can get you the most out of your tax return.Get New Floors This SpringA dazzling new floor is one of the best gifts you can give your Cleveland home with your refund. In addition to your yearly spring cleaning, new floors can completely change the look and feel of your home just in time for the new season. Just think about how a new carpet or hardwood floor could look in one of the rooms in your house.Getting new floors is a fantastic tax refund project because it can increase your home’s value. It’s a fact that certain types of floors like hardwood and natural tile can increase a home’s resale value, while a stylish new carpet or vinyl 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 TreatmentsSimilar to new flooring, the right window treatment can transform the style of your home. But tax season is an even better time to consider new window treatments, as the weather changes as each day passes and you start opening up your windows more. Some of our favorite window treatments for springtime are plantation shutters and shades.Certain window treatments can even net you more money in your pocket during tax season. Polywood® plantation shutters provide such great energy efficiency that in addition to saving you on your monthly HVAC bills, Polywood shutters qualify you for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to your house with your tax return, make sure to consider energy efficiency and home value in addition to how they look.Invest in New AppliancesAfter new window treatments such as shutters or putting in a new hardwood floor, what’s the next best home improvement you can make? For most Cleveland homeowners, the answer is investing in new appliances. As with window treatments and floors, new appliances can be a striking fashion statement and update the feel of your home. Begin with the appliances in your kitchen. Your fridge, dishwasher, and stove are some of best places to start when thinking about replacements, since those are typically the most-used and most visible. Be sure that any new appliance you pick has a complementary look. For instance, stainless steel appliances look stylish while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you refinish your counters or choose a new color scheme, your appliances complement the decor just the same.Other Tax Refund Home ProjectsPutting money back in your home is one of the best decisions Cleveland homeowners can make. For more info or for help getting started on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Cleveland at 440-561-6787. We’ll come out to your house for a complimentary, no-strings-attached design consultation to help you make the right decision for your home this season.