Mortgage options to fund your renovation

List of materialsPlanning a home reno? There are several mortgage types you can use to fund the costs.

Renovations can make a good home great and add serious value to your property. If you're planning to renovate your home there are several mortgage products you can use to cover the costs. You can take out a separate mortgage, unlock equity from your home or top up your home loan.

It's worth comparing these options and finding the one that works best for you.

Line of credit loan

A line of credit loan uses the equity in your home to extend you a credit limit that can be used for any purpose. Equity is the difference between what you owe on your home and its current value. For instance, if you owe $500,000 on your home loan and your home is valued at $750,000, you've built up $250,000 in equity.

A line of credit loan allows you to tap into this equity. Your lender will offer you a credit limit based on your equity, and you can use as much or as little as you like.

  • Benefits

A line of credit loan can be great to use for renovations because it offers you flexibility. You can use as much or as little of your credit limit as you need. You'll only be charged interest on the amount you've actually used for your renovation project.

  • Drawbacks

One of the main drawbacks of a line of credit loan is that these products usually come with a higher interest rate than standard home loans. It can also be difficult to manage a line of credit home loan. You'll have to budget well to make sure you keep your project within your credit limit, and to only use the amount of credit you intend.

Rates last updated May 20th, 2019
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Loan purpose
Offset account
Loan type
Repayment type
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
4.39%
$0
$349 p.a.
80%
Low fee line of credit loan with package benefits.
4.54%
$0
$15 monthly ($180 p.a.)
90%
A low rate line of credit with low ongoing fee.
4.74%
$0
$349 p.a.
80%
5.78%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Low rate equity home loan with no application fee.
5.64%
$395
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
A home loan which gives flexible access to your equity.

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Construction loan

A construction loan is a specialty mortgage that pays a builder throughout the construction process. These loans are structured differently than traditional mortgages. Rather than paying out a sum of money all at once, these loans pay in instalments known as progress draws.

  • Benefits

Construction loans can be a good option if you're undertaking substantial renovations that require a significant amount of structural work. You can borrow for a construction loan based upon the final post-renovation value of your home.

Construction loans also give you the option to pay only the interest portion of your loan until after construction is complete.

  • Drawbacks

Getting approved for a construction loan can be a bit more complicated than a traditional home loan. You'll need a builder to draw up plans to provide to your lender. If your renovation project is smaller, a construction loan probably isn't the right choice.

Rates last updated May 20th, 2019
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Loan purpose
Offset account
Loan type
Repayment type
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
3.74%
4.22%
$375
$15 monthly ($180 p.a.)
95%
A three year fixed rate loan with 100% offset account.
3.74%
5.07%
$600
$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)
95%
Get a partial offset account and the option to make interest-only repayments.
3.74%
4.25%
$375
$15 monthly ($180 p.a.)
95%
Take advantage of a locked rate for two years and a full offset account.
Pepper Money Essential Construction Full Doc Home Loan - LVR >75% up to 80%
4.39%
4.61%
$0 p.a.
3.79%
4.96%
$600
$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)
95%
Fix your rate and enjoy a partial offset account along with flexible repayments.

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Home loan top-up

A home loan top-up is another way to tap into the equity in your home. When you refinance your home loan you can draw out cash from the equity you've built up. Your lender will re-value your home as part of the refinancing process, and may offer you a larger home loan amount based on the new value.

You can draw out cash from your loan. The maximum amount you can withdraw is the difference between the new home loan amount and the amount you owe.

  • Benefits

A home loan top-up is a fairly simple process, and could be an easy way to finance your renovation. You won't have to apply for an entirely new loan, and will only have a single home loan and repayment to worry about. If you've built up a lot of equity, you could be able to draw out a significant cash amount.

  • Drawbacks

If you top up your home loan, you'll be adding to your original debt. This means it could take you longer to pay off your home loan and that you'll pay more interest in the long run. Also, your repayments will rise. You'll need to budget to make sure you can afford your new repayment amount.

Rates last updated May 20th, 2019
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% p.a.
Offset account
Split account
Loan type
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Maximum Insured LVR Amount Saved Short Description
3.59%
3.55%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Low variable rate mortgage for owner occupiers looking to switch. Refinancers only.
3.59%
3.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy flexible repayments, a redraw facility and the ability to split your loan. Plus, pay no application or ongoing fees.
3.69%
3.72%
$445
$0 p.a.
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. Get a special discount for a limited time when you open an IMB Transaction Account.
3.64%
4.63%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Low fixed rate loan for home buyers. Available with a 10% deposit. 100% offset account attached.
3.73%
4.76%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no application fees and access a fee-free redraw facility with this fixed rate loan.

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Use a personal loan

If none of the above options work for you then maybe a personal loan is the way to go. A personal loan can be either secured or unsecured. This means it can either be secured by an asset, such as a vehicle, which the lender can take possession of in the event of default, or it can be tied to no assets at all.

Personal loans can be a good option if your renovation is small and won't require a significant expenditure.

  • Benefits

Personal loans are often processed quickly, so you could have the funds in your account shortly after applying. If you're borrowing a small amount, they can be a fast, convenient way to fund your renovation.

  • Drawbacks

Personal loans often carry very high interest rates. While secured loans have much lower rates than unsecured loans, they typically have higher rates than mortgage products. Rates can vary significantly from one lender to the next, so it's crucial to compare your options.

Learn more about personal loans for home renovations

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