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When it comes to the time for a tax refund, you may have a lot of big plans for the extra money that you’ll receive back from Uncle Sam. Your mind may swirl with possibilities as to what you might do with the money. One of the best uses for the money is to reinvest it in your home. It can only increase the value of your property, giving you more equity to play with whether you plan to refinance or sell in the future. The money you get back may be enough to do things like buy new appliances or put in a new floor. Below, you’ll find some of the best ideas for how to spend your tax refund money on home improvements.
Adding some new paint to your home can do wonders for both the interior or the exterior. See what needs to be done the most and do some cost estimates. You may even be able to hire a professional painter who can get a painting job done fairly quickly without making the huge mess that you might if left to painting on your own.
Add Some Rugs
Adding just a few rugs to the hardwood surfaces around your home may make your home a lot cozier. For one, the surfaces that you walk on with bare feet will be much softer and warmer to the touch. Rugs also add a certain style element to a room that not many other accents can. Be sure that the rug you choose blends well with the color scheme that you desire for your rooms.
Work On The Outdoors
With your tax refund money, you’ll be able to make some significant improvements to the outdoor spaces of your home. It can never hurt to add a bit of curb appeal to your property by adding bushes, new grass, outdoor lighting, and the like. Even painting your front door can be a simple task that makes a huge difference to the outside of your home.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Upgrading your appliances can be one of the biggest things that you do to add value to your home. You can start small with items like your range and dishwasher. If you have a bit more money to play with, you may end up servicing and replacing larger items like your hot water heater, HVAC systems, or even adding solar panels. The money that you’ll save on energy efficiency will pay for the appliances over time. Also, if you’re getting ready to sell your home, these upgrades will make a huge difference in the return value that you can get for your home.
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Even the best homes could benefit from one or more improvements. Lower utility costs, improved functionality, better homeowners association rates and services and more storage space are some improvements that homeowners seek. Getting to lower utility costs takes behavioral changes and better home maintenance.
Hidden storage spaces that you've been overlooking at home
A thoughtful conversation with homeowners association managers could help adjust rates or improve services. Of all the improvements, getting more functionality out of your house may call for the most financial investment.
You might lump hidden storage spaces with functionality. That's partly accurate,especially considering the location of some hidden storage spaces in houses. Narrow cabinets in kitchen corners and short, decorative drawers that line the top of wall kitchen cabinets are overlooked when homeowners search for a place to store extra dishes, canned food and pots and pans.
Another hidden storage space in your kitchen is the open area above your kitchen cabinets. If any space is overlooked for storage, this one may top the list. Not only could you store plants in this area, you could also store pictures, canned goods and large mixing bowls in this area.
Here are more hidden storage spaces that you might be missing
Kitchen pantries and laundry rooms are also hidden storage space gems. When it comes to the laundry room, you could store items on shelving. Bookcases, entertainment center shelving and storage cabinets may be large enough to hold DVDs, journals, magazine, mail and seasonal products like Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations.
Check your living room coffee and end tables for storage cabinets. You could also store items in open areas beneath coffee and end tables. Some of your biggest storage spaces are in garages, basements and attics.
Your garage might have one or more shelves running along the top edge. Add a few nails and wall hangers to the side of your garage and you could hang heavy, winter coats, hats and other products on your garage walls.
Even if you don't have a finished basement, the lowest room in your home could be rich with hidden storage spaces. You might need to install interior shelves in your basement to organize products that you store in the basement. The same applies to the attic. To get the most out of attic storage space, take advantage of closet space as well.
Hidden storage spaces at home are money savers
A uniquely structured house could call for you to get creative to find hidden storage spaces at home. To find these hidden gems, you'll have to turn away from closets. You'll have to take a closer look at your furniture, kitchen cabinets, basement and attic. Ignoring the loads of space in your garage is a habit that you'll have to scratch off your list.
The search is worth it. Hidden storage spaces at your house keep valuables within easy reach. These spaces also save you money, preventing you from having to pay monthly fees to store your items at a professional storage facility.