Home Improvement Loans Can Be Used to Finance Improvements to Increase Your Home's Value

There are a number of things you can improve in your home that will increase your home's value. You can add a bathroom, finish your basement and renovate your kitchen - just to name a few.
Unexpected home improvements like a new roof can be an expensive surprise.

Rather than waiting until your home is in need of repairs, consider a home audit to look for ways that you can improve your home and increase its value.

Home improvement loans are now available at historically low rates. The best way to obtain a low rate home improvement loan is through a mortgage. Using your home as security will enable you to secure lower interest rates than if you used an unsecured line of credit.

The type of home improvement loan you should apply for depends on the size of improvement you want to finance. A small renovation of $15K-$30K could easily be financed through a home equity loan or line of credit.

If you are financing a large renovation, refinancing your first mortgage may make more sense.

If you have had issues with credit, are self-employed or cannot prove your income, this will make things more difficult. These three things make you a higher risk to a potential lender; in turn you will need to have equity in your home.

Before you prepare to apply for renovation financing, consider what other existing debt you have. This may be a good time, if you are going to refinance your mortgage, to consolidate your debt. This will free up cash flow and reduce the interest you are paying on existing credit cards.

The next thing you may want to do is consider requesting your credit report from Equifax. This way you can see what lenders will see before you even begin looking for home improvement refinancing. If you can find places to improve your credit (for instance paying down a credit card balance that is close to or at its limit), do it. This could save you big. The stronger your credit is, the lower the interest you will pay.

Even in cases where consumers have bad credit, the interest for a bad credit home improvement loan or refinanced mortgage is still less interest than bad credit loans offered by finance companies. If you are thinking of financing a home improvement using your home, consult a mortgage broker. They will be able to discuss your financial options and negotiate the best deal for you. For more information visit http://www.firstequity.ca or call 416-440-1224 ext. 22.