Fall is right around the corner and that means winter weather is headed our way. But just on the other side of those cold winter months is spring, which is one of the best times to kick off those big home improvement projects. One way to maximize home renovations is to utilize your home’s equity through a home equity line of credit (HELOC). If you’re not currently considering home improvement, the good news is a HELOC can also be used for a number of other investments. Check out these three options for making the most of a HELOC today:
1. Home Improvement
HELOCs are a popular option to fund your home improvement projects. Whether this renovation is adding a porch, redoing your basement or putting on a new roof, you can increase the value of your home by reinvesting this money into your home.
2. Larger Investments
Your HELOC can also be used for significant purchases such as a car, boat or recreational vehicle. Another common use is investing in higher education. Whatever you decide to use your HELOC for, make sure it is in line with your long-term financial goals.
3. Improve Your Financial Wellness
There are several ways you can strengthen your financial position by making the most of your home equity line of credit:
- A great benefit of a HELOC is it allows you to use the funds on an as-needed basis, just like a credit card. This means you will only be paying back the principal and interest rate on the money you take out, not the full sum. This feature is great for those long-term projects and investments, ensuring you are only responsible for the money you have actually spent.
- The interest rate on your HELOC is commonly lower than the rate on many other loans, meaning your home equity line of credit could make it easier for you to consolidate your debt into one monthly payment, often with a lower interest rate than your existing debt. This will make it easier to reduce your overall debt and not struggle to keep up with multiple payments.
- Depending on your situation, the interest you pay on a HELOC may be eligible for a tax-deduction. Check with your tax advisor today to learn if you qualify.
Using your home equity line of credit can be both a smart financial decision and an opportunity to make the most of your home’s value. Talk with your banker to find out if taking out a home equity line of credit is best for you.