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How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Improvement Financing

Aug 17, 2007
The first step to figuring out home improvement financing is to figure out what you even want to do with your home. Are you just going to remodel one room or are you going to install an Olympic sized backyard pool? What kind of budget do you want to put yourself in? After you answer these questions, it's time to start looking at what options are available to you.

Loans and Options

For small jobs that will only cost a couple of hundred dollars, experts agree that you're best just paying for it yourself with a credit card, but bigger jobs are more complex.

The first real option available to you would be to look into a home equity loan. With these loans you don't have to sell your home and as long as it falls within the proper limits, you can write off the interest on your taxes. Unfortunately if you're not hiring a licensed contractor and you're opting to do the work on your own, you're going to have a harder time landing home improvement financing.

Another option that is relatively painless, if the option is available to you, is to take some money out of your company's 401K plan. The downside to this plan is that if you leave the company you'll have to pay back the loan in full within five years or pay what can be up to 28% in early withdrawal penalties.

Then there's the idea for you to borrow from your life insurance for home improvement financing. With this plan, you can borrow up to 96% of your policy and only have to pay the interest which leads to a very low rate for you. It is possible though that taking out a loan such as this will lessen your death benefits however, which means that should you die before the loan if paid off, your family will receive a much smaller payout.

Warnings

In this little article, I have discussed three viable options on how you can pay for your home loan but there are still other options out there for you to look at. I didn't even talk about stock portfolios or title 1 loans. Make sure you shop around and find out what will works best for you. Always remember to settle the loan first and never go with the lender that a contractor suggests to you because there is no way to know if he is getting a commission from that lender leading you to pay hidden fees until you're too old to enjoy your remodeled home.

In an ideal world, this would be an easy process where banks would just give home improvement financing without any thought in the world on how and when you'd pay them back and you could enjoy your dream home. Then again, if this were an ideal world that Olympic sized swimming pool would've been included in your backyard when you bought the place at no extra charge.
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William King is the webmaster for Home Improvement DYI where you find many resources on
home improvement financing and other articles on just about everything related to home improvement.
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