In the current economy, many homeowners are exploring ways to renovate their existing homes rather than move. Whether you’re considering a dream kitchen makeover, upgrading your appliances or being proactive with routine maintenance, it’s hard to determine a renovation budget.
According to Bobvilla.com, the average kitchen remodel costs between $14,551 and $40,542, with a national average of $26,240 –– other parts of the home cost about half of that.
In their 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling Magazine outlines roughly how much homeowners spend on common home improvement projects:
- Replacing a garage door—$3,695
- Deck Addition––$14,360
- Replacing vinyl siding—$14,359
- Replacing an entryway door—$1,881
- Midrange bathroom remodel ––$21,377
- Building a new master suite addition—$135,547
- Adding a manufactured stone veneer around house—$9,357
Either way you look at it, renovations and upgrades are not cheap. That’s why for homeowners, it’s important to choose those upgrades that provide the greatest return on your investment and to choose the financing option that best fits your needs.
Home Improvement Loans and Home Equity Loans or Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) are two options available to homeowners when it comes to remodeling and renovations. While both achieve a similar end, the two vary exponentially and understanding how each one works can you help you decide which option is best for you.
So, what’s the difference?
Home Improvement Loans
A Home Improvement Loan provides the financing that homeowners may need for repairs or renovations. Secured by a Deed of Trust Lien on your home, this type of loan requires a contractor and the home owner to sign and assign a Builder’s and Mechanic’s lien contract to the bank. A Home Improvement Loan is intended for projects that require a contractor to perform the work.
How can you use a home improvement loan?
- Renovate a kitchen or bathroom
- Add square footage to your home
- Replace the roof or HVAC system
- Install a pool
Home Equity Loans and HELOC
Some home owners choose to use the equity in their home as collateral to cover home improvements or unexpected personal expenses. A Home Equity Loan provides a lump sum amount borrowed with a fixed rate term note. A HELOC is a loan that has a revolving line of credit allowing you to draw on the funds as you need them. In Texas you can borrow up to a combined 80% of your home’s value.
How can you use a home equity loan?
- Home improvements and repairs
- Consolidating debt or paying off credit cards
- School tuition
- Purchasing a vehicle
- Buying a second home
- Weddings, medical bills, vacations or other long-term or big expenses
Pros and Cons of Home Improvement Loans and Home Equity Loans
Before you take out a loan, weighing the pros and cons is paramount to help you make your decision.
- Improved quality of life: Making updates and enhancements can not only make your property nicer, but it also improves the quality of life and increases the longevity of your home.
- Added value: Home improvements and enhancements help homeowners boost the value of your home for the future. While home improvements will not give you a 100% return on investment, according to Renofi.com, home owners can expect a 70% ROI on renovation projects.
- Longer repayment times: Home Equity Loans are often available in a variety of terms. It is always best to talk with an experienced Mortgage Lender to review your options.
- Adding to your debt: No matter which option you choose, taking out any type of loan will add to your personal debt.
- No added value: Choosing the wrong renovation project could be costly as not all enhancements will add value to your home.
- Risking your home: If you take out a secured Home Equity Loan, using your home as collateral can be risky. Failure to make payments on your loan could result in you losing your home.
- Paid out in one lump sum: While getting access to your funds quickly is a plus, it could be risky if you are planning to do renovations over time and not immediately.
Speak with a Stellar Bank lending officer
The decision to take out a loan is not one to take lightly and it’s not uncommon to have questions. Contact a Stellar Bank Mortgage Specialist at 713.210.7653 or [email protected] to explore which loan option might work best for you.
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