(A guest post by Marie Ann Gonzales)
It is almost Tax Day – and some of you have procrastinated until the very last minute to file your tax returns. Some of you, like me, filed your tax returns months ago, have received your tax refunds and are saving them in a bank account for just the perfect occasion to spend the tax refund money. If you are looking for ways to spend your tax refund money, consider seven home improvement projects that are perfect for updating your home. Updating your home is the perfect way to spend your tax refund money – you invest the money in your home while improving the appearance of your home.
My husband and I wanted to install hardwood flooring in our home (we were ready to get rid of the carpet and also get rid of the molds that comes along with it once and for all); however, hardwood flooring is expensive and difficult to install. Instead, we choose a beautiful hardwood laminate floor from Armstrong. It was extremely easy to install (snap amp; lock) and looks beautiful. We loved it so much we did our kitchen with their Porto Alegre – Tuscany Canyon laminate.
Changing the light fixtures in your home can drastically change the tone of your home. Many homeowners overlook updating their light fixtures when planning home improvements and redecorating projects. Old light fixtures can ruin a décor so consider browsing your local hardware, discount or home improvement store for ideas. There’s a lot of great variety of lighting choices to get your creative juices flowing.
If you are not able to replace furniture but want a new look, consider purchasing designer slipcovers. Slipcovers are a quick, easy and inexpensive decorating technique to change the entire feel of a room without purchasing new furniture.
As with slipcovers, changing your window treatments can make a quick and dramatic change to a room. If you have always used curtains, consider replacing them with blinds or a designer window treatment. You can choose from blinds, shades, curtains, drapes, shutters and everything in between to get you started on your design theme.
Insulation does not seem glamorous; however, this is the perfect time of year to increase, repair or install insulation. With summer on its way, good insulation will keep your home cool and your energy bills lower while this winter you will appreciate the added warmth. Homeowners tend to neglect insulation and fail to check for needed repairs or replacement. Check your windows and doors to repair or replace caulking and lining too!
For my husband and I, this is the home improvement that we will be doing with our tax refund money this year. We have owned our home for over 15 years with the original windows that were installed when the home was built over fifty years ago. The technology used to manufacture and install home windows will decrease your energy costs as well as provide added protection for your home and family. Make this home improvement an eco-friendly, green improvement by choosing Energy Star qualified windows!
Paint the outside of your home
If you are like us, you have put this home improvement project off as long as possible. We really want to purchase vinyl siding rather than painting again; however, we have not made the commitment. To make this job easier, hire a contractor and let them paint the house. You will be supporting small business during a bad economy as well as saving your sanity in the process.