Owning a house is something most of us dream of. And why wouldn't we? Having a place that only YOU can call home – your personal sanctuary – is just about the best thing that you can ever buy for yourself. But this incredibly valuable asset comes with certain responsibilities and risks. Everything in your home will eventually break down. That's just a fact. Now, when it breaks down is a question for the ages. Of course, most of the products inside your home have an expected lifespan. But still, you can't really rely on those time frames because stuff happens, right? A storm can wreck your roof. A faulty sewage line can flood your home. Or, you may suddenly find out that your furnace has reached the end of its life, far earlier than expected. According to a survey, almost half of the homeowners have had an emergency home repair within the span of a year. So, there's always going to be something that will break which means emergency home repair is an issue of when, not an if. The smart thing to do then is to get yourself an emergency home repair fund. Unfortunately, some of us are already facing said emergency, so there’s no time to create that fund. So, what do you do when you don’t have savings to help you dig yourself out of this hole? Below are several options that will help you pay for emergency home improvement.
Personal Bad Credit Loan
This type of loan is another good option when it comes to getting access to much-needed cash at lower, fixed interest rates. You can easily add the loan's payment into your monthly budget since the interest rate likely won’t change throughout the life of the loan. Another advantage of bad credit loans is that they are unsecured loans, so you don't have to put up any collateral. And you don't have to stick with just banks because there are other alternative sources such as peer-to-peer lending platforms. While some lenders will require you to have good credit, there are a few that will offer bad credit loans. Make sure to shop around so you can get the best rate that you can afford.
Your credit card is not an ideal choice for financing home repair or improvement. Your available credit may not be enough to cover the cost of the repair. Even if you did, the interest rate might be too high, causing you to pay off more than half of the repair cost in interest alone. But as a last resort, it may allow you to get the work started on your home started sooner rather than later. Just think twice before you swipe that plastic. If you do end up going this route, try to get enrolled in a credit hardship program. This is a program that creditors sometimes offer consumers who are struggling with paying off their debt. If you are enrolled, you will be provided with a lower interest rate as well as some concessions such as waived fees for a short period of time (six months to a year). This provides you with a much more realistic pay schedule which can help you keep your financial commitments. For the creditor, it ensures that the payments will keep on coming in.