The Financial Basics to Keep in Mind When Renovating Your Home
As we are spending more and more time inside our houses, it’s very likely you’re ready to change some things up. Perhaps you’re sick of looking at the same drab curtains or ugly cabinets you’ve always had. What better time to do some home updates than when you’re stuck at home anyways? About 58% of homeowners say they plan to spend money to improve their homes this year. If this is the course of action you choose to take, there are some basic financial tips you’ll need to consider first.
How to Finance
If you’re just doing small projects, you probably won’t need to worry too much about how you’re going to afford the projects. It’s possible you’ve been able to save some money since COVID-19 hit by not going out and spending money on typical entertainment. As a result, you’ve got some spare change to spend! And you should! Just be sure to create a budget so that you don’t overspend where you don’t need to. You also wouldn’t want to overspend and no longer have a comfortable cushion should things take a turn with the virus. However, should finances be more of a concern, there are other options.
One thing you can do is apply for a home equity loan with the bank. This money can pretty much be used for anything and as long as you have a solid credit score, you should be easily approved. About 35% of your credit score depends on how promptly you pay your bills, so consider your track record before attempting to get a loan. You can always wait a few months to show some consistent payments and see how that affects your credit.
Where Your Home Updates Will Be
The next thing you’ll need to consider is where you’re going to do your home updates. Is it the curtains and cabinets? Or do your windows and doors need replacing? Approximately 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through its windows, so if you’re hoping to save some money on your energy bills, replacing your windows would be a good place to start.
Who Will Do the Work?
Wherever you decide to update, make sure that you’ve considered whether you’ll be doing it yourself or if you need to hire contractors for the job. This should all be part of when you sit down and budget out your updates. Hiring contractors will have an added cost while doing it yourself may have added time. In order to be smart with your money, you’ll need to have considered these things prior to getting started.
If you’re hoping to do some renovations but still be smart about your finances, this should give you an idea of how to go about your home updates. Have a plan, budget it out, and know who is doing what and where. Think about the long run as well with updates that may save you money in time. A big part of being a homeowner is knowing how to responsibly spend your money on your house and this should help when it comes to home updates.