Home improvement loans are usually taken out for making a home larger or adding value to it. This may be done by adding rooms or bathrooms, building a swimming pool, enclosing a porch or patio, updating the plumbing and repainting the home’s exterior and/or interior. Generally, it is cheaper to extend or repair a home than to buy or build a new house.Before going ahead and getting a home improvement loan, it is advisable to contact your local builder and get a quote and any other information about the associated costs involved in improving your home. Don’t be afraid to get as many quotes on building costs and home improvement loans as possible.Make sure that when you speak to the lending institutions, ask if you can borrow money above the quoted price for the home improvement. Often, when building, extra costs seem to come out of the woodwork unexpectedly. It is better to borrow a few dollars extra and not need it, than have to contact the bank for an extension on your credit in the middle of a project.The ideal home improvement loan to look for is one that has a low interest rate. Visit many different lending institutions and see what they are offering. Don’t just commit yourself to the first home improvement loan that comes along. Home improvement loans are usually short- term loans.A home improvement loan’s rate of interest is determined by the amount of collateral that the borrower has. This is most often the equity in your home. If the borrower has a bad credit rating, the home improvement loan will probably be calculated at a higher rate.The rate of interest, loan amount offered to you by the bank and the term of the loan will often have a lot to do with the market value of the home or the value of the collateral. The lending institution will often ask what type of home improvement you are planning. A market appraisal may be needed before the loan is passed. This is often to ensure that the improvements will add value to the home. They may also ask you to provide quotes from builders or contractors that you may be using for the home improvements.Home improvement loans usually require the borrower to only pay the interest while the home is being improved. Once the home improvements have been completed, the borrower will be required to make full monthly payments on the principle and interest. The monthly payments will be calculated on the amount of money used for the home improvements, the interest rates and the term or number of years you have to pay off the loan.If you are unsure of any of the details and/or term of the home improvement loan, make sure that you discuss your concerns with the institution’s lending consultant. A good lending institution will be very happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have. Make a list of anything you can think of to ask the loan officer you speak with.