Home Improvement Loans - Secured Cash for Home Renovation

By: Bernard Ethen

Home improvement loans provide monetary assistance for planned home improvements. Like most loan products, these loans too can be availed in secured and unsecured form. However, a secured home improvement loan is the right choice for someone who has a big monetary requirement, has a bad credit record or has been denied an unsecured loan.

Secured home improvement loans can only be availed by homeowners or property owners and are recommended for big renovation plans, as they necessitate placing an asset as collateral. The purpose of collateral is to secure the loaned amount. Hence, secured loans are very safe for the lenders.

Presence of collateral is beneficial because in the event of repeated defaults or non-repayment (unintentional, incidental, or deliberate), the lender can seize the pledged collateral to recover his money. Secured loan deals may sound risky, but one can easily take care of the risks by paying his EMI's (Equal Monthly Instalments = Principle + Interest) regularly.

Secured home improvement loans are beneficial for the borrowers too, as they get maximum benefits like quick attention, high credit limit, competitive low APR, flexible payback terms and negotiable clauses.

Generally, a secured deal for home improvement purposes has an amount range of ?5,000 to ?100,000; an APR range of 7.9% to 19.9 % Variable (typical rate is 13.55 % APR Variable) and a compensation term range of 5 to 25 years. But, a person with a perfect credit record may get a better deal.

Besides facing the threat of collateral seizure, secured home improvement loan seekers have to have to cope with the slow approval process as well. The loan application can only be approved after property evaluation (along with other credibility factors), which is very time-consuming.

However, for small home improvement works, pledging collateral may not be very practical. Hence, loan seekers should explore and compare unsecured home improvement loan options too. Gather as much information as possible from as many creditors as are available in the market or over the Internet.

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