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6 Remodeling Projects to Pay for with Home Improvement Loans


home improvement loans remodel to do listYour remodeling wish list just found its match. Home improvement loans can help you pay for all kinds of upgrades to your house that you hope to do. If you're looking to do the work yourself over a few weekends with some friends and you don't need much money, then you're all set. But if you don't have the time, money or skills to remodel, then financing a professional may be in your future. Here's a look at 6 remodling projects you can pay for with a home improvement loan.

  1. Upgrade your bathroom. A bathroom remodel might include a new tub or shower, replacing the old toilet with a new low-flow model or even changing some of the plumbing. Paying a professional to do this might be in your best interest.
  2. Kitchen remodel. This could include everything from new flooring to granite counter tops to new appliances. Maybe you want to gut your old kitchen and start over. Whatever your kitchen remodeling desires, it can be a lot of work. If you're a DIY person, go for it. If not, at least you have a financing option.
  3. Replace old windows. Those old single-pane windows with the wood frame that feels like a screen and has peeling paint need to be replaced. Whether it's vinyl replacement windows or wood frame to match the house, new windows can make the home look like new AND help improve your energy bills.
  4. Replace old siding or re-paint the exterior. Home improvement loans can help you get your whole house re-painted or have siding replaced. Imagine how new this will make your home seem!
  5. Repair the roof. This is a big one. No one wants to have roof problems. With a home improvement loan you can pay a professional to repair that roof, including new gutters and downspouts.
  6. Build a deck. While you may be able to do this one yourself, sometimes a good carpenter can make an average deck design really shine. Or maybe a couple of these projects are on your list, including a new deck. You could roll several projects into one budget and pay for it all with a home improvement loan.

If you own the home already, then a refinance and remodel scenario is in your future. If you're a new home buyer then you can find a fixer-upper and pay for the projects with a home improvement loan. Either way you can have your dream home, regardless of the shape of the house.

Learn all about how you can spruce up your house - with a refinance loan or all by yourself - with our free eBook, "The Complete Guide to Spring Home Improvement Financing." Click the button below and get started on your remodling projects.


(to do list photo: Flickr user koalazymonkey)


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