Home Improvement Loans

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Want to improve your home, but need to raise extra funds to pay for it? A home improvement loan might just be the ideal option for you.

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We know home improvements can be expensive, so a loan could give you the cash boost you need to make them a reality. Quickly find out what you could borrow with our home improvement loan calculator.

Based on the value of your property and the amount outstanding on your mortgage, the maximum you could borrow is £.

Here’s what you could get

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Representative Example for second charge mortgages UK: based on borrowing £18,000 over 120 months. Interest Rate: 6.5% fixed for 60 months with instalments of £227.38. Followed by 60 months at the lenders standard variable rate of 4.95% with instalments of £221.71. Fees Broker fee (£1,530); Lender fee (£495). Total amount payable £26,945.40 comprised of; loan amount (£18,000); interest (£6,920.40) including broker fee and lender fee. Overall cost of comparison 9.1% APRC. This means 51% or more of our clients receives this rate or better for this type of product. We have arranged borrowing with rates from 3.4% to 29% APRC which has allowed us to help customers with a range of credit profiles. We are a broker not a lender.

Second charge mortgages have a minimum term of 36 months to a maximum term of 360 months. Maximum APRC charged 29%. If you are thinking of consolidating existing borrowing you should be aware that you may be extending the terms of the debt and increasing the total amount you repay.

Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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Your home needs urgent repairs or renovations, such as new roof or replacing the central heating or double glazing

You need more living space by way of an extension, conservatory, or loft conversion

Your existing kitchen or bathroom is outdated and worn out, and you want to replace your appliances

You want to increase the value of your home by making improvements before you put it on the market

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The amount of work needed to realise the project

The materials required to complete the work

The amount of equity you hold in your home

Your credit rating and repayment plans

While unsecured personal loans tend to range from £1,000 to £35,000, secured homeowner loans can unlock anything from £5,000 up to £5 million. This makes them better suited to significant renovation projects, as long as you have enough equity in your property.

Because a secured loan uses your property as collateral, the amount of equity you have in your home is a big factor in determining how much you can borrow. Think carefully before securing debts against your home, as it could be repossessed if you can’t keep up with repayments.

Homeowner loans to decorate & refurbish
  • 1. Work out how much equity you have in your home

    A homeowner loan allows you to borrow up to the amount of equity you have in your property, which is how much of your home you own outright. This can be worked out by finding out the property’s total value minus the amount that’s outstanding on your mortgage and any other loans you may have against your property.

    Most lenders require you to have at least 20% equity in your home before you’re approved for a home improvement loan. This means you must own at least 20% of your home outright.

  • 2. Check your credit history and credit score

    Even if your credit history or credit score isn’t the best, you can still qualify for a secured homeowner loan. However, if you have an excellent credit score, you’ll likely qualify for a loan at a better interest rate.

  • 3. Gather financial information

    Lenders must ensure that you can comfortably repay your loan without causing you any financial difficulties, so they will likely carry out an affordability test. This involves analysing your income (recent payslips) as well as your outgoings.

  • 4. Ask for estimates from different contractors

    It’s a good idea to know exactly how much the work you’re proposing is going to cost you, so you should ask a few contractors for an estimate. Shop around to get an average price and remember to include a contingency amount for larger jobs. Work like loft conversions may cost more if you run into any unexpected difficulties.

What should I consider before taking out a secured home improvement loan?

A secured home improvement loan means that the amount you borrow is ‘secured’ against your property. If you find yourself unable to make the monthly repayments on time and for the full length of the loan, the lender could repossess your home. We suggest that you don’t borrow money unless you’re certain you can keep up with the loan repayments.

What are the alternatives to a homeowner loan?

If you find that a homeowner loan isn’t the right option for you, you may consider:

  • Unsecured personal loans
  • Credit cards
  • Selling your home and moving to a property that has the features you want

Where should I look for a home improvement loan?

A loan broker, such as Loan.co.uk, can help you discover the best home improvement loan options available to you. We’ll offer a wide range of lenders for you to compare to find the loan that best suits you.

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Representative Example for second charge mortgages UK:based on borrowing £18,000 over 120 months. Interest Rate: 5.5% fixed for 60 months with instalments of £213.33. Followed by 60 months at the lenders standard variable rate of 5.7% with instalments of £214.36. Fees: Broker fee (£1,062); Lender fee (£595). Total amount payable £25,756.4 comprised of; loan amount (£18,000); interest (£6,004.4) including broker fee and lender fee. Overall cost of comparison 7.902% APRC. This means 51% or more of our clients receives this rate or better for this type of product. We have arranged borrowing with rates from 3.4% to 29% APRC which has allowed us to help customers with a range of credit profiles. We are a broker not a lender.

Second charge mortgages have a minimum term of 36 months to a maximum term of 360 months. Maximum APRC charged 29%. If you are thinking of consolidating existing borrowing you should be aware that you may be extending the terms of the debt and increasing the total amount you repay.

Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.