Home Improvement Loans - Pros and Cons

by : David Lynes

Home improvement loans are secured loans that are offered to many homeowners to enable them to improve their properties in terms of aesthetics, practicality, and comfort. Many homeowners benefit from home improvement loans each year, and for many this is the ideal solution to making the home more attractive and comfortable. It is also the perfect way to add value to your home.

With equity levels having gone through the roof over recent years homeowners are able to enjoy far greater borrowing leverage, and this means being able to get larger home improvement loans that can help you to make a real difference to your home. However, there are both pros and cons to consider when you are considering taking out a home improvement loan.


1.You can get some very competitive rates on home improvement loans, so you can make a real difference to your home without breaking the bank.

2.With the right home improvement loan you can carry out high level improvements such as extensions or conversions, which can create far more space and could even save you the cost and hassle of having to move home.

3.With a low rate home improvement loan you can add considerable value to your home, and you could actually recoup some or all of the cost of the loan if and when you decide to sell.

4.You will find a wide choice of lenders offering home improvement loans to homeowners, so there is plenty of choice and value on offer.

5.Home improvement loans are even available to those with poor credit in many cases, as many secured lenders will consider offering these loans to bad credit consumers because they have increased security.


1.With the effects of the credit crunch and increased interest rates you may find that many lenders have started to increase their rates on home improvement loans.

2.You need to ensure that you are able to keep up with repayments on your secured home improvement loans, as if you default you could risk losing the home that you have just invested so much time and money improving.

3.Some lenders charge a variety of hidden fees with home improvement loans, such as set up charges and early redemption fees where applicable, and this is something that you should look out for.

4.If you take out a large secured home improvement loan and then house prices fall you may find yourself in negative equity, even if the improvements have added some value to your home.

5.If you use the home improvement loan to have work carried out, but you have sub-standard work done, you could actually devalue the property.