My Experience With Home Improvement Loans

By: Amanda Hash

Every once in a while I like to tell the story of how I got into the loan industry. It may be amazing but when I think about it I realize that it was due to the many home improvement projects I had to finance on my property over the years. I tried every kind of loan available and after some headaches and some advice from professionals I learnt that the key word for home improvement is Equity!

My property went through many improvements, some where rather expensive (adding rooms on the top floor) others where simple repairs, repainting or retiling. Though I usually resorted to unsecured home improvement loans due to being afraid of repossession, I finally realized that I was wasting money and risking my property all the same.

My Experience With Unsecured Home Improvement Loans

First, when I decided to make my initial home improvements I had no knowledge whatsoever about the loan market. And thus, I resorted to regular unsecured loans with such bad luck that I ended up closing on a deal with some abusive lenders that really overcharged me. That's when I learnt that comparing rates and fees is the best way to avoid rip offs.

Unsecured loans can actually provide the funds needed for home improvements as long as the improvement project is not too costly. The loan terms are not very advantageous but for small loan amounts this is not so significant. There is no risk of repossession but credit and income requirements for approval are a bit harsher.

The Loan Amount Issue

The main problem with unsecured loans is that they can not provide the necessary funds for expensive home improvement projects. This is due to the fact that unsecured lending is a rather risky transaction and thus, since the lenders want to keep risk to the minimum possible, they will offer small amount loans only when no security is present.

Though you may obtain high loan amount unsecured loans, then, the interest rates charged will be exorbitant and those loans will become very difficult to afford. They will probably feature high monthly payments or long repayment programs that will imply a long time before you can obtain debt freedom.

Home Improvement Loans Based On Equity

After some advice from experts, I learnt that the key to home improvement loans is Equity. Equity is the difference between the market value of your property and the amount owed and secured by it. You can use this equity to guarantee an additional loan even if you have a mortgage on your home.

The loan terms on those loans are very similar to home loans, the interest rate is only slightly higher and the rest of the loan conditions are likewise advantageous. Thus, this represents an excellent source of funds for home improvements. For the last and most costly home improvement projects, I used the equity on my home and requested home equity loans. Let me assure you that tht is the best source of funds for home improvements of the whole loan market.

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