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DIY Home Improvement…Financing Tips

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by Harvey Bond
(Manley Beach, Sydney, Australia)

The improvement of your home is a good thing, no one can argue about that. However, home improvement projects will cost one a money, well, a lot of money.

Home improvement can dig into your pockets significantly and you have to think about all the consequences of having your homeimproved before taking a leap.

Home Equity Loans

Home equity loans are one of the most popular loans when it comes to home improvement. It is a great tool for borrowing money because the interest is deductible from your taxes.

The interest rates of home equity loans are lower (well, most of the time) than the interest rates of other kinds of loans. Another great thing about home equity loans are that they can be obtained quite easily.

Home equity loans are great loans for home improvement because the project can greatly increase the value of your home. In some sense, it is a loan that is obtained to be able to get more additionalinvestments for future use.

Home improvement projects such as the addition of bathrooms, bedrooms and the extension of the house can really raise the value of a house. However, there are other home improvement projects that don’t really result in increasing the value of the house such as the construction of a swimming pool.

A Word of Precaution

You should be careful when getting a home equity loan. You must remember that the collateral that you are putting up against the loanis your own house. If you can’t make the payments on time, you can end up losing your home, which is the worst thing to do because in the first place, you borrowed money for the sole purpose of improving your house. Losing your house is a dreadful situation indeed.

Many people use home equity loans for other purposes. They use the money to finance other expenditures such as vacations and everyday expenses. They rely on the appreciation of their houses to be able to pay for the debt.

If at the end of the period, the value of their house depreciated, they are in big trouble. This is why home equity loans are best used for the improvement of your house because it lowers the risks of depreciation.

These are basic concepts that you need to keep in mind so as to avoid being indebted because of home improvement projects. Homeimprovement projects are great ways to be able to increase the value of your house but a wise and keen mind should always be present when getting home equity loans to finance these projects.

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Updated: November 9, 2012 — 4:45 pm

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