Personal Loan for home renovations
Why use a Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan for home renovations?
- Locking-in your rate means you’ll know what your repayments and loan end date will be.
- Borrow $4,000 to $50,000 (conditions apply) over 1-7 years.
- Choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments to suit you.
- Set up a direct debit so you never miss a repayment.
Common questions about home renovation finance
What type of loan is best for home renovations?
To an extent this will depend on the type of home renovations or improvements you’re planning (and how much you expect to spend).
If you’re asking ‘should I get a personal loan for home improvements?’, and by home improvements you mean upgrading furniture or appliances, repainting, working on the garden or even a new kitchen renovation or DIY project – and your borrowing costs are expected to come in between $4k and $50k, a personal loan such as our Unsecured Personal Loan could be an option.
However, for larger upgrades like adding rooms or an entire floor, where the costs will be much higher than $50k, you might also want to consider increasing your home loan amount, a construction loan or a home equity loan.
How does a home renovation loan work?
With a Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan for your renovation project or improvements, you need to apply, and once you’ve accepted the loan contract, the entire amount is sent to your bank account (within 60 minutes if you have a Westpac account*) for you to use as you need.
Once you’ve been sent the money, your repayment term commences, based on whether you chose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. Note that with our Unsecured Personal Loan you can set your repayment frequency to suit you.
What are the requirements for a renovation loan?
To get our Unsecured Personal Loan as your renovation loan, you’ll need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, have a regular before-tax income of at least $35,000/p.a., an address in Australia and a good history of managing other loans or credit cards. It also helps if you’re already a Westpac customer. You’ll find full rundown of requirements and expectations in the ‘Before you apply’ section.
What is the difference between a home renovation loan and a home equity loan?
Many banks offer home improvement loans, or renovation loans, as personal loans. With Westpac, it’s the Unsecured Personal Loan – with ‘unsecured’ meaning you don’t have to offer an asset – such as your car – as security. Also, as a personal loan you’ll receive your money all at once, and your repayment term starts from then.
A home equity loan (e.g. a Westpac Access Loan) is a secured loan that allows you to draw funds, and uses your property as security on the amount borrowed.
With a secured loan, you offer an asset (in this case, your home) as security for the amount borrowed.
This calculator helps you estimate how much your personal loan repayments could be.**
Fees that may apply
|Prepayment fee (applies if you choose a term greater than 2 years and pay it out in less than 2 years. This fee is waived if you pay out your personal loan by re-financing to another Westpac personal loan).||$175|
|Missed payment fee||$15|
|Bank cheque fee||$10|
Other fees and charges may be payable. Find out how you can minimise fees and charges on your loan.
How do I know if I'm eligible?
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- Be aged 18 years or over
- Have regular permanent income
- Be a permanent resident of Australia or,
- Hold an and have confirmed employment in Australia, if you're a non-resident.
If you’re ready to apply or want to find out whether you hold , call our Personal Lending Centre on 1300 720 697.
What information do I need to provide?
You will need to provide details of your current financial situation, including your:
- Current employer’s name, address and phone number
- Recent tax information, if you're self-employed
- Weekly after-tax income for each person applying for the loan
- Asset, savings and investment details
- Other debts, such as credit cards, store accounts, etc.
- Everyday expense details.
We may contact you using the details you provide to help you complete your application. If you’re already a Westpac customer, check that the details we have on record are up to date before proceeding. You can confirm these details in Westpac Online Banking or by calling 132 032. Allow 24 hours for records to update.
How can I apply?
Over the phone
Apply over the phone by calling 132 651 (8am - 8pm, 7 days a week).
Apply at your nearest branch.
What happens after I apply?
- You can track the status of your loan application with our Online Status Tracker.
- If we require further information to progress your application, we will contact you via phone or email.
- If conditionally approved you may need to email documents to us for verification.
- Once documentation is received and verified, you will be sent an email within 2 business days to view your contract and accept online. Note: Non-Westpac customers will be required to come into a branch to be identified after accepting their contract.
- Tell us which account you would like the funds to be sent to. Allow 1 business day for the funds to be transferred to a Westpac account and up to 3 business days for a non-Westpac account.
Before you apply
COVID-19 has impacted the time it takes to process and follow up on incomplete applications. To ensure we assess your application in a timely manner, please read the following sections carefully before applying.
- You are regularly meeting your repayment obligations for your mortgage, other loan or credit card accounts.
- You have considered whether you need to keep any credit accounts you may no longer use – e.g. store cards.
As part of reviewing your application we look at the information on your credit report, which is produced by an independent credit bureau. This report shows a snapshot of your liabilities, available credit, and your repayment behaviour for these accounts. To learn more about credit reporting in Australia visit www.westpac.com.au/ccr.
It’s a good idea to view your own credit report and check your details are correct before starting your application. You can do this for free by visiting the credit bureau website directly, or via CreditSmart.org.au. We work with three bureaus: Equifax, illion and Experian, so you might like to check the report produced by each of them.
Before starting your application, make sure you have everything in the list below:
- Current employer’s name, address and phone number
- Your income information from the last 3 months, such as payslips, bank statements and rental income (you won’t need this if your pay already goes into a Westpac bank account)
- Recent tax information if you're self-employed
- Asset, savings and investment details
- All existing liabilities that are in your name (e.g. personal loans, other credit or store cards, ‘interest-free’ instalment purchases, home loan)
- All your regular monthly expenses (including school fees, insurance, utilities etc.)
If you are an existing Westpac customer, you will also need to:
- Apply as an Existing Customer in the application form and log in to your account
- Once logged in, double-check that your personal details (name, address etc) are up-to-date. If not, log in to internet banking to update them. Allow 24 hours for records to update.
Any errors in the details you provide could delay processing, or even mean you are declined. Again, checking against your credit report can help here.
Every time you apply for any form of credit, your credit history is checked by the credit provider. This is listed as an enquiry on your report. Multiple applications can be seen as a red flag and reduce your chances of approval.
Things you should know
Any advice on this website is general in nature and has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Please consider your individual circumstances before applying for a Westpac Personal Loan. Credit criteria, fees, charges, terms and conditions apply. Information correct as of 16 July 2020.
^Comparison rates: Comparison rates help you understand the true cost of a loan. All comparison rate examples shown are for a personal loan amount of $30,000 and a term of 5 years. WARNING: Comparison rates apply only to the example or examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.
- Unsecured Personal Loan repayment terms range from 1 to 7 years. Interest rate ranges and representative examples are based on an unsecured loan of $30,000 borrowed for 5 years with the interest rate of 11.99% p.a. (comparison rate 13.15% p.a.), the estimated total amount payable including fees is $41,085.
#Prepayment fee: If you choose a term greater than 2 years for a Westpac Personal Loan, and pay it out in less than 2 years, there is a prepayment fee of $175. This fee is waived if you pay out your personal loan by re-financing to another Westpac personal loan.
*Access to funds within 60 minutes: Available for existing customers who apply for an Unsecured Personal Loan, as a single applicant online. Loan funds will be disbursed into an existing Westpac account 60 minutes from final approval.
**Repayment calculator: Any calculations made by you using this calculator is intended as a guide only. It is for illustrative purposes only and is based on the accuracy of the information provided. The calculator does not take into account an establishment fee that maybe charged for a personal loan application. The calculation is not an offer of credit. The amount you can borrow may vary once you complete a loan application and all the details relevant to our lending criteria are captured and verified. The calculations should not be relied on for the purpose of making a decision whether to apply for a personal loan.
##The establishment fee will be added to your loan amount. Other fees and charges may be payable. Please read full terms and conditions before making a decision to apply for a Westpac Personal Loan.