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Home improvement loans provide an upfront lump sum of money, to help you renovate your home.

A home improvement loan can provide you with the funds you need to improve your house, you then pay it back over a set loan term. You can choose between a secured home improvement loan, which involves securing the money you borrow against your home or assets, or an unsecured loan, which doesn’t require any collateral. Unsecured loans often come with higher repayments and interest rates over a shorter term. Discover more about how home renovation loans work here:
  • Loan is paid upfront to you once your application has been accepted

  • A set loan term will be agreed, with details on how much you repay every month over that period

  • There is a choice available, between secured and unsecured renovation loans

  • Secured loans provide lower repayment rates and are more flexible than unsecured loans, which may mean higher monthly payments

  • Secured loans require an asset to be secured against the amount borrowed - falling behind on repayments could put your home at risk

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What is a home improvement loan?

A home improvement loan is a personal loan that’s used to update, improve and renovate your property. Repayments can be spread over a period of time that works for you. Many people find this type of loan can help cover the cost of larger refurbishment jobs.

Possible lenders offer a choice of secured or unsecured renovation loans, providing a choice for your personal situation. However, it’s important to remember that there are risks associated with both. Secured loans will offer lower interest rates, but your home will be at risk if you fail to meet repayments. And while unsecured loans are not secured against your assets, lenders can start collection or court action if you fail to pay.

Benefits of choosing a home improvement loan

Loans for home improvement can ensure you have the funds to renovate your home upfront. This could help cover the initial outlay you need in order to cover the expenses of renovation and any building work.

You’ll get a fixed rate on repayments, which means you’ll have a clear idea of how much you can expect to pay back over time and per month.

Risks of choosing a home improvement loan

If you take out a secured loan, you must ensure you can keep up with the repayment schedule. Consistently missing payments could put your home or other assets at risk and lead to court action and county court judgements (CCJs), as well as impacting your credit score.

If you apply for an unsecured home improvement loan, your payments could end up being higher. This may mean you have cashflow problems if renovations end up becoming more costly than you anticipated - for example, if building work runs on longer than planned.

Difference between secured and unsecured home improvement loan

Secured and unsecured loans for home improvement provide borrowers with a choice of how they want to obtain funds upfront.

If you own your home, or have assets you could use as collateral, a secured loan can work out cheaper in the long term than unsecured loans. This is down to typically better interest rates and larger amounts available.

However, an unsecured loan doesn’t require any assets as collateral. If you have a strong credit rating, you may be considered a lower risk by lenders. This means that you don’t need the security of an asset to support your loan application.

Can I get a home improvement loan?

At Norton Finance, we’ll work with you to find a lender that offers the loan you need at an affordable rate.

Discover more about our loan eligibility criteria in our guide.

When you start your online application, we’ll contact you to get a few simple details from you. We’ll ask for your:

We’ll also discuss what specific home improvements you’re looking to make to your property. Plus, we need to gather a little information about your house itself – as this will help us find the best option for you.

We try to make the contact process as smooth as possible. However, if you have a few details about your current financial situation with you, you can make it even easier. Any recent bank or mortgage statements and payslips can help you answer our queries quicker.

Loans for home improvement from Norton Finance

At Norton Finance, we can help you find a home improvement loan to suit your personal financial status and renovation needs. As Norton is a broker, not a bank, we can search the full market to get you the right deal.

We have access to over 600 plans, which can let you borrow between £3,000 and £500,000. Loan periods range from between one to 30 years, adding some flexibility to your plans.

Use our loan calculator to get an idea of the monthly repayments by choosing your preferred loan amount and term.

You’ll receive an instant decision on your loan in principle. However, you should allow between seven to 14 days for your application to be processed and the money to be transferred to your bank account.

Home improvement loan details

During your application, we’ll carefully consider your personal circumstances and guide you through the maximum loan amounts and repayment terms on offer.

What can I use a home renovation loan for?

Your home improvement loan can be used for several different renovations or refurbishment works in your household – however large or small.


New garage

You could borrow to pay for building works associated with adding a new garage.

Urgent repairs

A home repair loan could help pay for unexpected repairs to fix damage to your home.

Rewiring / plumbing

Finance any electrical and plumbing work and help cover the material and labour costs.

Loft conversion

Create a whole new space for you and your family to enjoy with a loft conversion.

Building an extension

Pay for building materials and any labour expenses associated with adding an extension to your home.

Frequently asked questions about home improvement loans

Is a home improvement loan a good idea? 

Like any big financial decision, you should carefully consider and research home improvement loans before you apply.

Work out what you can realistically afford to repay each month and see if there’s a loan that matches your repayment budget. Some lenders let you spread the repayments over as much as 30 years, but remember, this will mean you end up paying back more in the long run. Whatever the timeframe, it’s very important that you’re in a financial position to comfortably meet the repayments set out by the lender.

What’s the difference between a renovation and a refurb?

The main difference between a renovation and a refurb is that renovation usually refers to restoring something to good condition. Refurbishment normally implies improving something by decorating or cleaning.

What is a refurbishment bridging loan?

A refurbishment bridging loan is a loan designed for short-term usage by developers. These loans offer a substantial amount of finance in a short space of time and can help to bridge any gap caused by a funding shortfall.

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