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The Top 3 Ways to Finance a Home Improvement Project

Aug 22, 2008
There probably is not a home owner on the face of the planet that has not or does not want to modify their home in one way or another. The road block that most people run into is that they do not have the finances to back the projects they desire.

Below, we have compiled a list of the top 3 ways in which most people finance their home improvement projects.

1. Home Loan (Mortgage Refinance)

Up until about a year and a half ago, refinancing your home was just as commonplace as putting gas in your vehicle. As a result of skyrocketing home values, a seemingly indestructible economy, and high paying jobs refinancing the loan on your home and taking cash out for home upgrades was no problem.

As a matter of fact, this quickly became the most common way to finance home improvement projects for home owners. Grant it, the market has taken a hit over the last year or so; however, if you are able to take out a loan against your home and can really pay the mortgage and interest rate that will come with the refinance, then this is the easiest way to go about it, other than paying cash outright.

2. Credit Cards

In my personal opinion, using credit cards for this type of expense should be a last resort. In certain situations, I would actually advise against using credit cards at all; however, if you have very high limits with minimal interest rates, you can consider using plastic cash to pay for the upgrades.

It would be in your best interest to try and find an alternative to this but this is a very common practice among American home owners.

3. Home Improvement Loan

This is option comes with the highest recommendation. Most banks have loans that are specifically designed to cater to the needs of an individual that is looking to improve their home. They typically come with a fixed interest rate and have a fixed monthly payment. This also keeps your finances from becoming entangled with your additional areas of debt.

It is very wise to investigate this type of loan and see if your bank offers this and if you qualify. If you do, this would be your best option, transcending the other 2.

Now, just because these are the top 3 choices, does not mean that they are the only choices you have available to you. You can also do some investigation with your bank. They may have an alternative option available for you. Also, you may be able to receive financing from the company that will be doing the home improvement job for you. Many large companies have this option available to qualified candidates.

It always important to remember to STAY WITHIN YOUR MEANS. You must remember that it is easy to accumulate a large pile of debt, not realizing the future implications of such actions. However, if you have the income to back such home improvement financial decisions then by all means, take advantage of the luxuries we have available to us.
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