How to Pay for Your Home Remodel
Deciding to renovate your home is exciting. You get to mold your home into something new. However, depending on the scale of your remodel, you might find that you are struggling to finance the work.
Cash and Liquid Assets
Use your savings or checking account, if your remodel is small enough. You don’t need to wait to liquidate funds.
There is no interest or fees charged, and you aren’t dependent on anyone else.
However, it does deplete your emergency fund, and you probably won’t have enough for a larger job.
Enlist the help of your friends and family, especially if they are skilled. Use their expertise for the price of a couple of beers and pizzas.
Sweat equity is often substantially cheaper, and you retain all control over your project.
Refinancing and Loans
Refinancing your house can free up a lot of equity that you have built up in it over the years. You can then use this equity to finance your remodel.
Refinancing has other benefits too. It also tends to lower the interest rate of your mortgage, although it can be a big undertaking.
Look into home improvement loans like the ones offered by The Home Loan Expert.
They will cover your costs, but they do constitute an extra monthly expenditure while you pay them back.
Use your credit cards to finance your home remodel. This is like taking out a loan, except the interest rate is often higher.
Although you can find cards zero interest cards.
The money is available quickly, and you can earn reward points on some cards by charging large home-related purchases.
Do your remodel by yourself if you are handy enough. Demolition is often the easiest part, and you can save money by doing this yourself.
You may also be able to save money by sourcing your own materials and picking things up second-hand.
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Are You Ready to Remodel?
Before you embark on your remodel, make sure that you have a plan in place. Whatever financing option you choose, having a clear plan that includes a budget is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay on track.
Do you have any tips on how to pay for your remodel?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.