What Exactly is a Home Improvement Loan?

A home improvement loan is actually one of the simplest ways in which you can live in your dream home. This is because it is the prime option for someone wanting to enhance the appearance of their home and also add to the value. In other words, a home improvement loan pays off in many ways. First of all, your home looks great and, second of all, the investment pays for itself because the home goes up in value.

As for how you get a home improvement loan, there are a couple of ways. The first is that you can simply go to your bank and request the money. You can do an assessment of how much work you would like to do and request that amount. The second way is to refinance your mortgage and use the equity in your home to fund your home improvement project. How you do this is you refinance for the worth of your home, you pay off our mortgage, and you then take the difference between the worth of your home and your mortgage and use that money to fund your home improvement project.

Types of home improvement

You can use your loan to fund any improvement to your home. You may want to simply improve the appearance of your home or you may have worn and broken areas that must be fixed or replace. However, the loan must make sure that the improvements that are done to the home are right with the borrower’s needs and don’t exceed the amount that the borrower is borrowing. This means you need to make sure you cover all of your improvements by not deviating from your initial plan.

For example, you may wish to add rooms onto your home. Maybe you need an extra bathroom or an extra bedroom. Perhaps you want a sun porch or a sitting room where you can sit and relax for a while. It is really up to you. Maybe your plumbing needs an overhaul or you need to put more siding on your house.

Here is a more detailed idea of what you can achieve with a home improvement loan:

– Installation of central heat and air
– Installing a fire place
– Swimming pool installation
– Rewiring the home
– Remodeling any room in the house

Loan details

There are certain details of the loan that you must be mindful of. The first thing you must keep in mind is that the interest rate of your home improvement loan is going to depend on your credit rating. If you are credit challenged, you may find that getting a competitive rate is somewhat difficult.

However, there has been an increased amount of competition between financial institutions because more and more people are looking for home improvement loans. Because of this competition, there are more options for borrowers to take advantage of. There are a number of online lending services that have added to this competition, which also increases the chances of getting an approval on a home improvement loan. The process has been simplified by these entities.

But before getting the loan, make sure you get quotes on how much it would cost you. You can assess the work yourself, but you can have a professional do it even if you do decide that it is a project you want to do all on your own. This increases your chances of being able to stay within the amount the loan is for. If you exceed your loan amount, you may not be able to pay for the remainder of your improvements. But know that if you need a home improvement loan, different lenders have different options for you.

  1. Guide to Starting Your Home Improvement Project


So there is something around the house that could probably do with some refurbishing or a complete makeover even. Things like deciding whether to do it yourself, hiring someone, and budgeting can be a little daunting to many. Rest assured that there are a few things you can do to ensure you start off the project smoothly and everything goes according to plan.


Well, How Money Do You Have – Setting a Budget


The first thing that you need to think about before you start on any home improvement project is to have a realistic budget. A well thought budget includes setting aside an amount of money for any eventualities; this includes mistakes, any accidental damage inflicted on your home and so on. If your project is on a somewhat bigger scale than most home renovations, you can save quite a bit of costs by purchasing materials in bulk from a supplier. Of course, make sure you evaluate a few quotes before making a decision.


However, low cost and good quality does not always go together. Compromising on price may impact on quality. Ensure that whatever you are buying is in good condition and long lasting, otherwise, you may have to replace whatever you have bought in not time and thus doubling the cost.


Can You Do It Yourself – To Go Pro or Not


Sometimes, or most of the time, you are tempted to be the one that execute the home improvement project. After all, who know your lawn better than you? In addition, such supplies and tools can be bought at your local hardware store and you can certainly cut down on the cost immensely. However, if your project seems complicated and you do not have much experience with DIY projects, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Remember, you may save by going DIY; however, any mistake might make things costlier later on.


However, it is also not easy to find a good and reliable contractor. Word of mouth is perhaps the best indicator of a contractor’s quality. If people are happy with a contractor’s work, they will be more than happy to give their endorsement. Ask any of your friends who have had work done in their homes in the past that they used and whether if they were happy with the work.


Plan Your Timing Before You Start On The Project


Timing is an important factor when planning your home improvement project. Choosing the best time for your project ensures that it can be completed on schedule and with minimal interruption and if you have hired a contractor, remember that this means strangers will be in and out of your home over the next few months; this can be quite a stressful situation.


To minimize the stress, it is best to plan your home improvement around your life and not the other way around. Try and find a time when your work schedule is not busy (not possible for most I guess) and no one in your family has anything important such as an exam, presentation, wedding and so forth going on. Keep in mind that home improvement jobs can take longer than expected and there is nothing you can do about such delay. These pointers will help you start off your project as smoothly as it can. More importantly, have fun in the process.


TangoPang loves to implement wacky and creative ideas for Home. He is a professional and run a consultancy for Home Improvement projects.