Renovation resolution? Here’s why a personal loan might be a good idea

With 2018 here and new year’s resolutions made around the country, many Aussies probably have plans to finally embark on a long-overdue home renovation project. But before getting started, would-be renovators should check their rainy day fund and consider applying for a personal loan to cover costs, said Mozo property expert, Steve Jovcevski.

According to Jovcevski, having the budget planned out before starting a renovation can mean the difference between a good quality upgrade which adds value to a home, and a half-finished job.

“It’s always a good idea to plan your budget thoroughly before you start any major renovation, because if you run out of funds halfway through the job, it can be tricky to convince a bank to lend you more money,” Jovcevski said.

“If you’ve run over budget, that might be a sign that the work is getting more expensive than you were prepared for, which can make a lender nervous about your ability to repay a loan.”

To avoid being stuck with a half-gutted bathroom or carpet halfway torn up, Jovcevski urged borrowers to seek out quotes for renovation work and itemise a budget before getting started.

“Whether you’re doing the work yourself or getting a tradie in to do it, plan for each cost involved, and then plan for unexpected expenses that crop up - because they usually will.”

While some Aussies rely on their savings to fund a home renovation, another option is to take out a personal loan, some of which are specifically geared toward paying for home upgrades. According to Jovcevski, taking out a loan could be a smarter option for renovators who aren’t sure their savings will cover the work that needs to be done.

“If you have the savings to cover the work, then that’s great. But not everyone has a spare $20,000 to spend on a new bathroom,” said Jovcevski.

“Plus, it’s important not to stretch your budget too thin, because you’ll wind up cutting corners, and ultimately, you won’t be happy with the result and the reno won’t add value to your home like you want it to. In that case, it could be well worth borrowing the money and paying a bit of interest to make sure the job is done right.”

If a fresh new kitchen or brand new deck is on your to-do list for 2018, check out some of the personal loans below to get started.

Personal loans - January 2018 - last updated 16 May 2022

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    Fixed

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    Monthly repayment
    5.35% p.a.to 19.09% p.a.
    6.14% p.a.to 19.99% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Fast, easy and 100% online, this is a low cost loan with no ongoing fees or extra repayment penalties. It's perfect for savvy borrowers with great credit. If you’re over 18 and earn above $30,000, you could qualify (other eligibility criteria may apply).

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.35% would cost $34,832.61 including fees.

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  • Home Improvement Loan

    Fixed, Unsecured

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    Monthly repayment
    5.75% p.a.
    5.96% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Handypay offers flexible home improvement loans for Excellent Credit or better. Handypay is a specialist home improvement plan provider and offers loans up to $75,000.

    Repayment terms from 1 year to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.75% would cost $34,840.18 including fees.

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  • Personal Loan

    Unsecured, Fixed, Excellent Credit

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    Monthly repayment
    6.39% p.a.to 7.89% p.a.
    6.39% p.a.to 8.49% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    With low rates for borrowers with excellent credit, a quick 1 minute rate estimate and simple online application, there’s a lot to love about this loan! You’ll not only benefit from no exit fees, there are also no early repayment fees. You could qualify by simply earning above $25,000 and you’ll be on the way to start spending (other eligibility criteria may apply).

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.39% would cost $35,126.40 including fees.

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  • Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

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    Monthly repayment
    5.95% p.a.to 17.45% p.a.
    6.79% p.a.to 17.86% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Wisr offers personal loans for any worthwhile purpose, tailored to your credit score to ensure you’re getting a fair deal. Plus, no ongoing or early exit fees. Loans from $5,000 to $79,000. Terms of either 3, 5 or 7 years. $595 establishment fee. Eligibility criteria applies.

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.95% would cost $35,352.21 including fees.

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