Home Design Ideas For Your Tax Return Dollars

Darren Wong

Savvy Honolulu denizens have likely already filed their 2016 taxes and may have even spent their refund checks. But before you begin going through that refund like a kid in a toy store, consider where you could spend that money that will benefit you the most. The answer to that for most residents of Honolulu 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 improvement projects that you can do. From installing shutters and floors to installing new appliances, these ideas can help you get the most out of your tax refund.

New Flooring For Spring

A dazzling new floor is one of the best gifts you can give your Honolulu home this spring. In addition to your yearly spring cleaning, new flooring can totally transform the look and feel of your home for the new season. Just think about how a new hardwood or tile floor could look in some of the rooms in your house.

Honolulu hardwood floor and blinds

Getting new floors is a great tax return project because it naturally increases your home’s value. It’s proven that certain flooring like real hardwood and stone or tile can up 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 in the near future.

Spring Into New Window Coverings

Just like new flooring, a new window treatment can transform your home’s style. But tax time 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. Two of the best and most popular window treatments for springtime include plantation shutters and shades.

Honolulu shutters in kitchen and great room

Certain window treatments can help you get even more money back on your next return. Polywood® plantation shutters provide such great energy efficiency that as a bonus to lowering your monthly HVAC bills, they qualify you for energy tax credits. If new window treatments are your gift to your home with your tax return, be sure to consider energy efficiency and home value in addition to how they look.

Choose Newer Appliances With Your Tax Refund

After new window treatments like shutters or installing new flooring, what’s the next best home project to invest in? For most Honolulu homeowners, that would be putting in new appliances. Similar to window treatments and floors, new appliances can be a bold fashion statement and modernize the look of your home.

Honolulu kitchen with shutters and appliances 

Start with your kitchen appliances. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove are some of best appliances to start with when thinking about replacements, as those are 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 ultra-modern while remaining relatively neutral, so even if you redo your countertops or want to change up your colors, your appliances complement the decor just the same.

More Tax Refund Home Projects

Reinvesting in your home is one of the best choices Honolulu homeowners can make. For more ideas or for help starting on those new shutters, call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu at 808-797-2004. We’ll come out to your house for a free, no-hassle design consultation to help you make the best decision for your home this season.