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Where do you get the money for things like extensions/new kitchens?

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Banania Wed 15-Mar-17 12:05:10

Sorry this is really nosy & a bit clueless. Just wondering how people generally fund big jobs on their house like extensions, kitchen overhauls etc. We bought a house a couple of years ago, it's totally fine for now, but long term will need some (a lot) of work done. But it seems like costs will run so high - so it will take us years and years to save for. Is that pretty normal, or do you look into other financing options?

Imaginingdragonsagain Wed 15-Mar-17 12:06:52

I imagine most extensions are funded through remortgage? For our new kitchen we paid through savings

drspouse Wed 15-Mar-17 12:07:59

Savings or remortgage. We have a current account mortgage at the moment so paid for our very expensive double glazing (wood frames) by upping the amount we borrowed temporarily.

Banania Wed 15-Mar-17 12:09:14

Thanks for the reply imaginingdragonsagain. I was wondering about remortgaging alright, whether most people do it this way.

PonderLand Wed 15-Mar-17 12:09:31

I always wonder this too.
We bought our house after a surprise pregnancy so we didn't have time to save, we'll be getting a 5 year loan to do the kitchen and garden once our credit ratings are a bit better. Then selling and hopefully we'll find a house that house a nice kitchen and garden! I couldn't face getting another loan for another kitchen.

JoJoSM2 Wed 15-Mar-17 12:17:19

We earn quite a lot and save up. Our mortgages have always been relatively low (1-2years worth of gross income) so that we can afford work.

southall Wed 15-Mar-17 12:27:27

Most people will use savings or a loan.
Or perhaps inheritance or redundancy money.

Some dodgy people will even resort to Insurance Fraud to get a new kitchen. Dont recommend that for obvious reasons.

EssentialHummus Wed 15-Mar-17 12:34:47

A loan or equity release.

southall Wed 15-Mar-17 12:34:57

I also remember back in the early 2000s.

Mortgage firms would offer 100% mortgage + another 30K personal loan at mortgage rate for a new kitchen and bathroom, carpets and furniture etc. 30K went a bit further back then. Those were crazy times.

Kiroro Wed 15-Mar-17 12:36:25

Bonuses (live of salary, use bonus for one off projects)
Unsecured personal loans
0% credit cards
Mortgage extension

Stokey Wed 15-Mar-17 12:40:16

We were thinking of cashing in ISAs but think we're going to add more to the mortgage for now. Borrowing is very cheap at present and we are lucky in that our house price has gone up a lot since we bought it. We can borrow more & still have the same repayments as our LTV is lower & so are interest rates.

But we won't lock in to a more than two-year mortgage as not sure what is going to happen.

namechangedtoday15 Wed 15-Mar-17 12:40:44

Remortgage - paid down mortgage for 5 years, house value increased by about a third in that time, so we remortgaged to take out some of the equity.

Gamtanner Wed 15-Mar-17 12:43:01

I couldn't get a remortgage (just gone self employed) so I funded my new kitchen (approx £10k) by putting it on an interest free credit card.

That was 14 months ago and it will be paid off before the interest free period ends in 2018.

wowfudge Wed 15-Mar-17 12:46:04

We didn't use all the equity from selling our last house as a deposit on the new one, so the surplus was our new kitchen fund. In practice new kitchen fund has been stretched to cover some other things so I have some savings we're using too. We were thinking of remortgaging once the kitchen was finished, but we have got a really good rate on a bank loan which was easier to get and will be paid off in five years. We need to fund redoing the bathroom too and realised things were getting too tight, but we didn't want to compromise as we plan to be here for a long time.

HeadDreamer Wed 15-Mar-17 12:47:22

I'd assume extensions are via remortgaging as it's a really large amount? We did our kitchens from savings.

warmleatherette Wed 15-Mar-17 12:51:18

I'm so glad other people borrow to fund these things too! I thought everyone was just doing tons better than me financially. blush

wowfudge Wed 15-Mar-17 12:51:27

Our kitchen costs have doubled as we decided to do some other stuff which will make a big difference. Plus I may have underestimated that I have quite expensive tastes in kitchen units and all the other things that bump the cost up, like a huge range cooker!

Banania Wed 15-Mar-17 12:52:28

Remortgage - paid down mortgage for 5 years, house value increased by about a third in that time, so we remortgaged to take out some of the equity.

namechanged - that's interesting, so can I ask (you don't need to go into too much detail!) what has been the overall effect on your monthly repayments? I'm just wondering if we'll end up doing something like this.

Banania Wed 15-Mar-17 12:53:35

Ha yes me too warmleatherette

dilapidated Wed 15-Mar-17 12:56:32

We are in the process of fully renovating our 2 bed Victorian house.

We saved up £10k, were giving an additional £5k as a gift from family, and borrowed £10k home improvement loan through our bank.

In future (next 5 or so years) we want to do a loft extention and that will likley be funded by remortgage as we wont be able to save as severely as we had before as we have a baby on the way.

Kiroro Wed 15-Mar-17 12:59:30

what has been the overall effect on your monthly repayments?

How long is a piece of string. You can't infer what will happen to your own repayments based on someone else!

Depends on LTV, mortgage term, amount released, change in interest rates, any fixing etc

semanwen Wed 15-Mar-17 13:01:43

0% credit card cash advance with 2% cash advance fees over 24 months. Pay it off over the 2 years. Cheaper than any bank loan or mortgage.

Katz Wed 15-Mar-17 13:06:25

We've saved £15k and then bought the kitchen from Ikea and put that on credit over 36months.

themanonthecycle Wed 15-Mar-17 13:09:48

Can anyone tells me how equity release is done? Is the repayment any different to remortgaging? Is there an advantage of one over another?

JumpingJellybeanz Wed 15-Mar-17 13:13:20

We remortgaged once we'd paid off a substantial amount of the original loan. Our repayments stayed the same but we'll be paying it off for 10 years longer.

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