5 Ways to Use Your Tax Return to Show Your Home Some Love


Your home is one of your most valuable assets.  This spring and summer, why not show your home some love by making improvements that can save energy, enhance curb appeal and reduce worries, while adding real value to your life and home.  Here are some investment ideas that will deliver long term reward:

Insulate the heart of the home —

Many homeowners decide to tackle major interior home renovations in spring and summer. Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, basement, or attic, remember to “insulate when you renovate.” Insulation can cook up a high ROI. In fact, according to the Remodeling magazine 2017 Cost vs. Value report, attic insulation is the number one most cost-effective renovation, with payback at resale over 107 percent!

There are some new insulation products that can help to create a healthier home for your family. If you are in moisture-prone areas, SMARTBATT Insulation with MoistureSenseTechnology and MemBrain air barrier and smart vapor retarder improve indoor air quality by helping to reduce mold and mildew that can trigger asthma and allergic reactions. Each has drying properties that helps reduce these risks by allowing walls to ‘breathe’.

A sound investment in new drywall –

Open concept plans have been making ‘noise’ in home designs and renovations. The fact is these designs can also make unwanted noise in your home. SilentFX® QuickCut™ noise-reducing drywall is specially engineered to help, reducing sound transmission between rooms up to 90 percent by absorbing sound instead of deflecting it. And it installs like regular drywall, so that means walls will be up faster and at a lower total cost than other traditional sound-proofing methods. SilentFX is a great option for areas like laundry rooms, garages and playrooms.

Reflect the sun’s rays in a way that truly pays —

Time to replace your roof? Landmark Solaris® solar reflective asphalt shingles feature advanced granules that reflect the sun’s rays and radiant heat, reducing roof temperature in the summer. Solaris is offered in a palette of rich, authentic colors, some of which meet ENERGY STAR® standards, and may also qualify for credits in LEED or National Association of Home Builders (NAHB®) green programs, as well as rebates through federal and state programs. Find out what’s available in your area by visiting energy.gov/savings.

Another option, consider adding solar panels. The return is well documented – studies show consumers are willing to pay up to an extra $15,000 for a home with rooftop panels and thanks to the new tax bill your new rooftop system could qualify for a substantial tax break. Our roofing team reports, “This is good news for homeowners, who can continue to claim a 30 percent federal investment tax credit on the purchase and installation of rooftop solar energy systems, while also benefiting from a continued drop in solar roof pricing.”

Invest in a fence –

A gorgeous fence could be the missing piece to that ultimate backyard retreat. Not only does it deliver privacy, it often provides that finishing touch to your outdoor design. Choose a classic privacy fence for a timeless design or go modern with a horizontal option like the new Breezewood Select Cedar. When selecting a fence look for a low-maintenance option. You want to spend your time enjoying your new retreat, not maintaining it.

Prefer something rustic? Check out these gorgeous stacked-stone options.

Beautiful railing for easy outdoor living —

Traditional wood railing fails the “worry-free” tests with its time-consuming and costly maintenance. CertainTeed® EverNew® vinyl and composite railing is the better choice for exceptional curb appeal, easy care and long-lasting performance. Now available in three new colors, EverNew railing promises no warping, rotting, splitting, peeling or corrosion. Add in the benefits of easy installation with any stair or deck material, splinter-free surfaces and an outstanding limited lifetime warranty, and you’ll have more time to spend just relaxing and enjoying the warmer months ahead.

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