Financing Home Renovations with a Credit Card

by Renee Marie Jordan 09/08/2019

Home renovations can increase the value of your home and make it better suited to your preferences. In 2018, the survey polled by LightStream Home Improvement showed that 58 percent of homeowners admit that they had the intention of spending money to improve their homes.

The survey also showed that 30 percent of those homeowners planned to pay for those renovation projects with credit cards. 

So, is this a good idea?

The truth is that it is almost a requirement for most home shoppers to take advantage of the convenience credit offers, especially those who cannot pay upfront.

However, even for those home buyers who have the cash at hand, there is a lot of flexibility with credit cards. Credit cards are usually protected against contractor fraud or botched projects, and there are many advantages offered by some credit card companies such as cash back and points. 

So, the increasing number of homeowners using credit cards to pay for the renovation of their property is not a surprise, and this trend will continue to increase in the future. Remember that you should not use a credit card unless you can pay the renovation off when the month comes to an end due to significant interest charges.

Funding your home renovation through credit card, is it wise?

The following three factors are essential when making this kind of decision:

- The amount of credit you have. 

- Your ability to carry a balance on your card.

- How quickly you will pay off the expense

If you already have debt and an issue with the interest rate you are paying, then this might be a responsibility you should not shoulder. If not, using a credit card for such a significant expense is an excellent way to receive credit card benefits.

What are the Advantages of Putting Home Renovations on a Credit Card?

The two most significant advantages of using a credit card are convenience and immediacy. Furthermore, if house values are increasing fast, it would be ideal to move quickly. However, this would rely on real estate market ups and downs as well as how long you plan to live in your home.

The Disadvantages?

One of the drawbacks is that if you don't make your credit card payments, you could be dealing with an interest rate of 21.99-26.99 percent or more, which will eventually negatively impact your credit score. 

Final Thought

Using a credit card can be beneficial if you have the money to quickly take care of the renovation and explore certain advantages such as rewards or doubled warranties.

About the Author
Author

Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold. 

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009. 

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.