It’s tax season again. Do you know your homes tax basis?


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It’s tax season again. Do you know your homes tax basis?

Every year millions of people buy or sell homes in the US. It’s a rite of passage to purchase a home. Whether you are moving from an apartment, your parent’s basement or an existing home there is one important thing the tax man wants to know when you sell your home, what is the tax basis value of your home? Why should you care about this if you are buying a home? That’s easy, when it comes time to sell your home you can minimize the tax basis and pocket more of your own money.

What is my homes tax basis?

What is this and why does the IRS care? The tax basis value of your home is determined by taking the purchase price plus any costs of improvements or minus any reductions. The rules are outlined on the site, we have included a link to an FAQ here for more information. Basically, the tax basis of your property is determined by taking the price you paid for the property plus any improvements or upgrades you did to the property. If you use part of the property for rental purposes then portions of this income may need to be deducted from the cost basis. If you had a property sale last year check with your tax advisor on how to fully calculate the basis.

How can Home Renovation Hub help?

With the average length of time homeowners stay in a home just shy of 6 years it can be difficult come tax time to remember all the home improvements you made to your home. For example, if you added a bedroom to the basement when you moved into your home keeping track of those expenses related to the addition may be hard to find 6 years later. If you’re like me I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday and I certainly will not remember how much I spent on a home renovation that happened six years ago. You may find the payment to the general contractor but what if you paid the framers, drywall finishers and painters in cash? Do you have a record of that? Probably not, and without remembering those amounts or expenses you potentially lost adding $2,000 to $3,000 worth of improvement expenses to the tax basis. Now rather than saving on taxes you just threw that deduction out the window. In addition, what if you are making improvements today that 3 years from now when tax laws change turn out to be eligible for factoring into cost basis. With the tools provided by Home Renovation Hub you could easily pull up all the expenses along with notes on how you paid, who you paid, and materials bought years later. All your home projects and renovations can be tracked from start to finish using our tools.

Home Renovation Hub tools, accessible anywhere, anytime

If you are thinking about a home renovation project you can use our tools from planning to completion.

  • Find inspiration - Use our inspiration tool to save items you may find while on a break in the office or out shopping for furniture.
  • Build a task list – While waiting for a friend you may think of an item that needs to be done as part of your renovation. Add it quickly using your phone before you forget.
  • Construct a budget – Add budget items while cruising the big box retailers, local furniture or appliance store. All our tools are available to subscribers 24/7 from their mobile device, laptop or desktop. As you make decisions and finalize your project budget you can remove those items not included in the project. When the project is completed you have a full list of all tax related expenses along with notes and pictures to refer back to for years to come.

Planning your home renovation should be easy, organized and available 24/7. We have the tools you never knew you needed but you will thank us 100 times over come tax time when you sell your home. 

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Why we created Home Renovation Hub

The goal of creating is to give homeowners tools they can use in real world renovations to help manage their project budgets, keep home improvements on course, and to track investments that build equity in your home. Since we use the tool extensively for our own personal remodels we are constantly tweaking and updating features to make it the most useful tool available to the DIY homeowner. If you are going through a remodel we would love for you to give us a try. In addition, we want your feedback as we build a collection of tools to help home renovators.

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