Home improvement loans are designed for the purpose of renovating a house and can be taken by a person who owns the property to be renovated. These loans are given for a maximum term of 15 years and interest charged on these loans lies in the range of 9.5% to 10.5% per year. Processing fee for home improvement loans ranges between 0.5% to 1% of the total loan amount.
Home renovation loans, as the name suggest, are loans that you can take if you wish to get work done on a property that has already been constructed. These loans help you renovate your house as and when required and works in a fashion similar to the home loan. It can be taken for up to 15 years, or more, and paid back in equated monthly instalments (EMIs). The maximum duration, however, can change depending on the banks policies. Apart from major work that needs to be done in a house, these loans can also be taken to help you furnish your house and pay for things like bathroom fittings, fans, furniture, etc.
Each bank will have its own eligibility criteria for the loans they offer but the gist of these are:
The documents that will be required for you to be able to avail the home improvement loan will depend on the finance house that you approach. Some of the common documents needed are:
These are the most common documents that most financiers/banks will ask for. It may be so that in some cases you will have to submit just a few of these documents while in others, more documents may be requested. Such request are made at the bank's discretion and change from one bank to the other.
When it comes to interest rates, most of the banks and finance houses offer you two choices. The first is a fixed rate of interest and the other is floating interest rate.
The fixed interest rate is when the rate of interest is fixed before the loan is approved. This interest rate will remain fixed for the duration of the loan. The general band for this interest is between 9% per annum and 12.5% per annum. The exact rate, of course, will depend on the bank you take the loan from. The interest rate may also change depending on your employment situation. Salaried individuals tend to get offered lower interest rates as compared to self-employed applicants.
The floating interest rate is an interest rate that is linked to the prime lending of the bank. This prime lending rate is affected by the repo rate (the rate at which the banks borrow money from the central bank) and can fluctuate. The advantage of the floating interest rate is that it tends to be a bit lower than the fixed interest rates. It does not generally exceed the fixed interest rates and even if it does, it generally does so for a short period.
If your loan comes with a fixed interest rate and you wish to switch to a floating interest rate, then you can do so by paying a fee. The option is generally provided at the discretion of the bank.
Home loans that are meant to help refurbish your house offer a lot of features and benefits that are meant to make the loan easy to take and manage. Some of these are:
A. The amount that you can borrow will depend on the banks policy. Some banks will offer up to 90% while others may offer to cover 100% of the cost of renovation.Q. Are there any income requirements for these loans?
A. Yes. Each bank has its own income requirement which are specific to salaried and self-employed applicants.Q. If I have taken a loan with a fixed rate of interest, can I switch to a floating interest rate?
A. Yes. Some banks do allow you to switch between fixed and floating interest rates. However such switching may require you to pay a fee.Q. I am 60 years old. Can I take this loan for 15 years?
A. No you cannot because most banks consider the retirement age to be between 65 years and 70 years and your loan tenure cannot exceed the retirement age.Q. Is there a processing fee for these loans?
A. Yes. These loans do come with processing fees. The exact amount will depend on the bank providing the loan.Q. When do I pay the processing fee?
A. In most cases, you will have to pay the processing fee while applying for the loan. The payment can be made with a cheque which is to be submitted when you submit all the other documents for the loan.Q. What happens if my house is destroyed or damaged by a natural calamity while the loan is still being paid back?
A. There is no doubt that in such an instance you will be at a disadvantage since the repayment of the loan will have to continue and youll need to rebuild/repair your house. It is best to use an insurance policy to cover such eventualities.Q. How can I ensure that the loan is repaid even if something were to happen to me?
A. There are many insurance products that will help you cover the outstanding loan amounts so that your loans dont become a financial burden on your family. It would be best to take one of these insurance policies to cover the loan.Q. Is prepayment allowed for home renovation loans?
A. Yes. However the terms and conditions governing prepayments will differ from one bank to the next so it would be best to consult your bank before deciding on prepayments.Q. I dont own the house but want to be a co-applicant for the loan. Is that possible?
A. Yes. Co-applicants for a loan need not be own the house for these loans however, all co-owners need to be co-applicants for this loan.
In view of the dire situation in Chennai, Housing Finance Development Corporation (HDFC) has decided to offer its bit in making the lives of people easier by making a segment of its personal loans more approachable. As a move supporting the same, the largest mortgage lender in India has announced that it would be waiving off the loan processing fees on its home improvement loans for its customers who have been affected by the floods in Chennai.
As of now, processing fees for home improvement loans are 0.5% of the loan amount or INR 10000. With this offer from HDFC, such loans will not be attracting any processing fees, if the loan applications are submitted on or before December 31, 2015. In addition to that, HDFC has also decided not to charge any penalties from home loan customers who were unable to pay the EMI for November 2015 owing the flood situation in Chennai.