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    Home Improvement Loan (Home Renovation Loan)

    Home Improvement Loan

    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.

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    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.

    Home Improvement Loan Eligibility Criteria

    Each bank will have its own eligibility criteria for the loans they offer but the gist of these are:

    • You can apply for a home renovation loan as an individual or jointly with the other owners of the house being the co-applicants.
    • Salaried and self-employed individuals can also apply for these loans
    • The minimum age requirement for this loan is that you should be at least 21 years of age. The maximum age is limited to your retirement age. This means that the loan tenure cannot exceed your retirement age. For salaried individuals the age limit is 65 years for most banks.
    • Even companies can apply for this loan provided they have been in operation for a predefined minimum period.
    • Companies applying for this loan may also be required to be in a position where they have been making profits in the last few years.
    • All the owners of the property will have to be co-applicants for the loan.
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    Documentation Required for Home Renovation Loan

    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:

    • The first document will be the application form for the loan with photographs.
    • Both salaried and self-employed people may be required to submit salary statements.
    • You may also need to provide bank statements covering the last 6 months.
    • You may be asked to provide Form 16s and IT returns or ITAO documents.
    • All the original deeds of the property will also be required by some banks. You may be required to submit just the copies but originals might be required for the purpose of verification.
    • You must also submit a quotation from your architect on the estimate on how much the renovation is going to cost.
    • An address proof will also be required. This can be a drivers license, passports, ration cards, etc.
    • In some cases an identity proof may also be asked for which can be drivers licenses, Aadhar cards, passports, phone bills etc.
    • Pan cards, drivers licenses, Aadhar cards and passports can also be submitted as proof of age, if required.
    • Some banks may require that you take out an insurance policy on the house to cover the loan amount and name them the sole beneficiaries for it. In such cases you will have to provide the policy documents too.

    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.

    Home Improvement Loan Interest Rates

    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.

    • Fixed 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.

    • Floating interest rates

      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.

    Features and Benefits of Home Renovation Loans

    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:

    • Many banks offer choices between fixed and floating interest rates that are meant to give you the choice of an interest rate that suits you. This does not mean that you get to choose the amount of interest. It means that you have a choice in the way the interest is calculated.
    • In some cases banks may offer a combination of the two interest rates where in the first few years will be a fixed interest rate and the remaining tenure will have a floating interest rate.
    • For most of the banks, you can apply for the home renovation loan online thus negating the need for you to journey to the bank itself.
    • As far as the loan amounts are concerned, some banks will cover the entire cost of the renovations. There are some banks that wont cover the entire cost but even then they may cover up to 90% of the cost.
    • In certain cases the bank may issue the entire loan amount in one lump sum or in instalments as and when it is needed.
    • Some banks also offer free credit cards with these loans to sweeten the deal.
    • Many of the banks ask for minimum documentation which means less paper work for you.
    • There is no need for you to have a prior relationship with the bank in order to avail this loan however, being an existing customer can have advantages. Some banks offer up to 80% of the required amount to new customers but 100% of the required amount to existing customers.

    Home Renovation Loan FAQs

    Q. What is the loan amount that I can take?

    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.

    Home Improvement Loan Reviews

    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I took a personal loan from the HDFC bank for 3 lac, I applied for the loan via Internet banking. I got the loan instantly credited to the account. The interest rate is high 14.5%. Overall it has been a good experience with the personal loan application.
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      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I took a personal for 5 Lacs from the HDFC bank, I got the loan amount with in 12 days.I applied for the loan Online and it was disbursed to my account. I pay Monthly 11000. The interest rate is comparatively low. Overall it has been a smooth loan experience with the HDFC bank.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • Citibank Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      It has been a very good loan experience and the whole process has taken just two days in getting the loan. The loan amount has been satisfactory and it was fine with the rate of interest. There has been no issues with them during the whole process.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • review Personal Loan
      "Very good service"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      It has been a good experience with this loan experience from them. The whole process in getting the loan has been smooth and easy and even the interest rate has been very good with them as well. The loan amount which they had provided has not been satisfactory.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • SBI Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      The process in getting the loan amount has been a hassle where it has taken almost two months in getting the loan. Even the loan amount has not been satisfactory and the interest rate with them has been high compared with the market rate. It would have been good if they had made the process more easy and smooth.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • HDB Financial Services Personal Loan
      "Best Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken a personal loan with HDB and my loan experience was good, the loan amount was for Rs 2 lakhs with high interest rate when compared to all other sources. Customer service was good and they collected documents on time. The tenure period for this loan is 3 years.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan
      "Average"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      My personal loan was taken with BAJAJ 2.5 years back. The loan amount was1 lakh and the tnrue period was 3 years . The customer service and responses was not up to mark.The process got delayed but the documentation was very easy . The processing fee was nominal.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • HSBC Bank Personal Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have got the personal loan with the the HSBC bank and the interest rate is around 11.25%. I would like to say that the customer service is good one for me with them and the processing charges were nominal one with them as such.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using Bankbazaar.com from the last three to four years of time. I would like to say that the customer service is an excellent one. I have felt that the online portal is quite easy one for me with the Bankbazaar.com.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • Tata capital Personal Loan
      "Good "
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      Response is an average one with the Tata capital limited for the personal loan. I would like to say that the rate of interest is around 12.15% for my personal loan. Processing time as per their commitment, which was not up to the mark.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Good "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using Bankbazaar.com from the last six months of time. I would like to say that the customer service is good one and the response is quick too. Everything is better one with the Bankbazaar.com and I have not faced any issues with them as such.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • Citibank Personal Loan
      "Good "
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Customer service with the CITI bank personal loan was good one. I would like to say that the response is also good one too. I would like to say that the rate of interest is around 12.45%. I am happy with them till now.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Customer service is great one for the personal loan with the HDFC bank. I would like to say that the response is also good one with the HDFC bank and the rate of interest is not aware from my end from them. Everything is good one with the HDFC bank.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Easy to Get loan"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      It is easy to get a loan. I got the loan within 5 minutes. I have got a call from HDFC people to give a loan and i accepted the same. They have offered me interest rate of 11%. I'm not aware of the processing fee. They given maximum loan limit of 3 lakhs but i avail a loan of 1.5 lakhs. I have to pay this loan for 30 months and the amount of Rs. 5000.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Best Service"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I have taken a personal loan with HDFC bank and my experience was good, the loan amount was for Rs 3.5 lakhs with nominal interest rate. There are no charges on preclosure of loan. I received my loan amount on time and the customer service was good. The tenure period for this loan is 3 years.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
    • Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The personal loan service is good with the bajaj finserv, but their interest rates and the charges are bit high when compared with others, but their service really worth it. The customer support service and the response is good with the bajaj and i am satisfied with their service.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
    • ICICI Bank Personal Loan
      "Best Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My personal loan experience with ICICI bank was good, the loan amount was for Rs 1 lakh with nominal interest rate when compared to other banks. The process was quick and i received my loan amount on time. Customer service was good and the tenure for this loan is 5 years.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
    • Bank Bazaar Personal Loan
      "Excellent"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am using Bankbazaar.com for quite long time. Response is good one with the Bankbazaar.com , also I came to know about it though the online sources. Everything is perfect one with the Bankbazaar.com. Mobile application is good one with the Bankbazaar.com.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "Best"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I got the personal loan with the HDFC bank for the rate of interest as 12.5%, also the customer service is good too. Everything is very helpful with the bankers. Processing charges are around 2.5% and the total capital is around 5.5 lakh Rupees.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Personal Loan
      "They should decrease the Interest rates"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      As of now they are charging 13.99 as interest rates. Compared to other banks the processing fee is same. It is easy to get the personal loan in HDFC. Documentation process is very easy. I got the personal loan within 10 days. They treat the people very nicely in their banks.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018
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