3 Ways to Fund the Renovations of Your Dream Home

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Now is the time to renovate with the Federal Government announcing $25,000 grants for eligible Australian owner-occupiers to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. 

To assist you in the process, we’ve listed several ways you can fund the renovations of your dream house:

1. Equity Release / Top Up Home Loan

This is the most common method to borrow money for home renovations, where you borrow against the current value of your home before any value-adding renovations. In most cases it allows you to obtain the funds upfront and allowing you to borrow up to 80% of its value if you own it outright.

You need to be aware that the costs of renovations may be higher than the equity you have available, meaning that if you exhaust your funds mid-construction you may have an issue obtaining extra funds to complete the works.

2. Construction Loan

This is a good option if you plan on completely transforming your home with a major makeover. This option allows you to spread the cost over a long period of time and could possibly borrow up to 90% of the end value of your home.

With a construction loan, the lender will assess the value of your home after the renovations based on the building plans and you can typically borrow against the value in staggered amounts over a period of time. This is called ‘Progress Payments’ and is linked to a fixed price building contract from your builder.

3. Line of Credit

When you apply, you can establish a revolving credit line that you can access whenever you want (up to your approved limit). You only pay interest on the funds you use, and as you pay off your balance you can re-borrow the unused funds.

This product feature is great only if managed well as you need to make sure you can make repayments on the line of credit that will reduce the principle. 

 

The Government’s HomeBuilder package is designed to assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations. Income and other conditions apply and this grants program is active until 31 December 2020. For more information visit the Treasury website.

If you would like to learn more about your finance options before you commence your renovations, get in touch with our expert team or give us a call on (08) 9367 4222 

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