Some homeowners find it necessary to apply for home improvement loans because they may lack the necessary budget or don’t have enough savings to finance their home improvement project. Even a secured personal loan may serve as a source of home improvement loans.
In the US, it is possible to get home improvement loans either for projects that you hired a contractor for, or for do-it-yourself projects. Some lenders stipulate that their company will be responsible for releasing the checks representing the amount to be paid to the home improvement supplies company or to the contractor. For do-it-yourself projects, the lender may send the check to the home improvement supplies company instead of giving you the money outright.
If you prefer getting a lump sum, you might apply for a home equity loan which means your home will be assessed by the lender for the amount of equity it presently has and the corresponding value of the loan you (and your home) qualify for. A home equity loan is advantageous because the payments are stretched out over a longer pay period. $50,000 loans to remodel your home fall under this category – meaning, you will be granted a loan of $50,000 if the lender believes your home has at least that much in home equity left in it. This is a good strategy to pursue if you want to make your home increase in value for the long term, because the loan allows you to make necessary repairs and upgrades of your home. In effect, you can command a better price for your home later on.
If you are trying to get a federal grant, you may want to examine the Title 1 loan offered by the Federal Housing Administration under the Home Mortgage Insurance Division of the Office of Housing of the HUD. Although the HUD does not itself offer home improvement loans, the Federal Housing Administration may help you find a lender who will lend to you (provided the lender is accredited with the HUD.)
Some cities in the US offer a city rehabilitation loan program to homeowners in the low-income wage bracket so that they can undertake home improvement necessary to keep their residence livable. These loans require repayment at low interest rates, though. Check with your city government regarding how long it takes to apply for the loan, and the particulars about how it works. You should also inquire about who gets approved for such loans and where to apply.
Regardless of what loan you get, you may have to get acquainted as well with the process of finding an approved contractor. Some contractors operate without accreditation, since not all homeowners are so particular about who they hire. The advantage with hiring an accredited contractor is that the contractor is required to adhere to certain standards in the way he runs his business, which gives you more peace of mind, knowing that you can always file a complaint against the contractor and his company if he doesn’t do the job right.