18 ways your tax refund can be used to add home value

  • (MoneyWatch) Some people like to spend their tax refunds, while others like to save them. But if you're a homeowner and spend your refund making improvements that add value to your house, you can do a little of both.

    The average tax refund is $2,700, but no matter how much you get back, there's a project out there that will add value to your home -- whether you're selling right away or further down the road. Even if you don't want to dedicate your whole tax refund check to a particular home improvement project, you can pick a dollar amount and do some quick maintenance that will still add value.

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