Finance for Refurbishment/Renovation

Bringing property back to life can be rewarding - if you can call on the right kind of finance

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Current Terms Available

  • 1 to 36 months
  • £25,000 – No Maximum
  • Monthly rates starting from 0.35%
  • Non-status and full status
  • Interest roll-up schemes
  • Adverse Credit – no problem
  • No Income Proof Required
  • Funding can be available in 5 – 7 business days
  • Funds for any legal purpose
  • Up to 100% Loan to Value available
  • Land purchase or refinance up to 70% of value
  • Commercial, Residential and Land

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Property refurbishment can be lucrative, but buying a property and funding work needs special financial arrangements. We know the lenders who can provide them, and use our contacts to help you secure the deal that's right for you.

Bringing a property back to life can be a very rewarding business, and profitable.

Of course, there are some hurdles, with planning rules and building regulations to consider. Careful budgeting is important, too - you need to cover architects and planning fees, specialist contractors, materials and contingencies. 

You have enough to do without searching through all the lenders and products available to ensure you get the right financing. At Rangewell, we believe that a specialist Refurbishment Finance arrangement could provide the solution you need.

Refurbishment Finance is designed specifically for property professionals looking to refurbish or improve existing properties. It differs from Development Finance, which is generally intended for major ground-up construction. Instead, Refurbishment Finance is used for projects that may retain original structures and use, but which will update them to meet modern standards. It could provide the answer when you want to you buy and refurbish both residential property and commercial property 

Light or heavy refurbishment?

Refurbishment Loans are available for both light and heavy refurbishment.

Light refurbishment

If a property simply needs redecorating, rewiring or relatively minor changes, such as newly fitted kitchen or bathroom, this can be arranged through a Light Refurbishment Mortgage, which may cover both purchase or the works alone. Light Refurbishment Mortgages are ideal for developers looking to refurbish a property as an investment, especially those properties where a conventional mortgage might not be available because of the condition.

A light refurbishment property should be currently habitable with working utilities.

The work required should not require any planning permission approvals or structural work that requires building regulations approval. There should not be any change to the use of the property. 

Heavy refurbishment

If the works require a change of use, for example, converting offices into flats, or any structural works requiring consent from the local authorities, this would be considered a heavy refurbishment project and would require a heavy refurbishment mortgage. Heavy Refurbishment Mortgages allow experienced property developers and investors to fund both the purchase of a property needing work and the funds to carry out the refurbishment required. 

The refurb may include conversion of a single building into multiple letting units, such as self-contained flats or a multi-tenancy home of multiple occupation (HMO), where reconfiguration may be necessary.

With heavy refurbishment, the lender will want to see a schedule of works. This is a detailed breakdown of the work and costs involved in the project, together with projected timings. A valuer will comment on whether the intended budget is realistic and if the time scale is achievable. 

Lenders may also want to see evidence of your past projects, to ensure that you have the skills and vision to complete the work.

How Refurbishment Finance works

Refurbishment Finance is based on the gross development value (GDV), the value of the project once completed. This is also known as the post refurbishment works value.

Loans may available from £100k to £10m. Lenders may consider lending up to 70% of GDV, with funds released in stages. These funds may cover both the property purchase as well as refurbishment works, although funds may also be available for developers who already own a property in need of work.

Terms of up to 18 - 24 months are available, and interest payments may be rolled up in the total loan amount.

As with all property finance, there will also be fees:

Arrangement fees

These are charged by the lender for arranging the loan and are typically 1.5% to 2% of the loan amount.

Exit fees

Not all lenders apply exit fees - those that do may charge a percentage of the loan amount or, sometimes, the gross development value.

Valuation fees

Lenders will instruct a surveyor to value the property both before and post refurbishment works. The scale of these fees will depend on the size of the project.

REAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE CAN DO

  • Help arrange funding for a builder bringing a row of Victorian terraced housing to modern standards

  • Find the most competitive funding arrangement to refurbish a bank at the heart of a historic city centre and convert it into a retail centre

  • Find finance to allow the purchase of a derelict industrial property and its conversion into a business hub

  • Arrange funding to convert a Georgian townhouse into prestige offices

  • Helped set up refurbishment finance for property after damage by tenants had led to a possession order and eviction

How Rangewell can help you set up Refurbishment Finance

All types of property finance demands expertise because of the large sums involved.

At Rangewell, our team of finance advisors includes people with specific expertise across the property sector. They can help you find the right kind of finance arrangement for your refurbishment needs, whether you are an experienced developer with a major project, or a property owner seeking to increase the value of your investment

Our service is personal. We can work with you to understand your project and the potential as well as the costs. When you call us, we can explain the options that may be available, and help you arrange the most competitive finance to meet them.

I bought a property at auction that needed £20,000 of work to be lettable. I had it arranged in a week and could start work immediately.

We were converting a barn, and the work came to more than the purchase price. We set up refurbishment finance which let us take care of the work.

It was a listed building and refurbishment was going to be costly. I was able take care of all the expenses with a refurbishment loan.

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Heavy refurbishment

Heavy refurbishment finance may be suitable for experienced developers working on projects requiring construction or conversion works.

Light refurbishment finance

Habitable property that requires light work to increase its value can be funded with Light refurbishment finance.

Funding all types of property work

By arranging the right kind of refurbishment finance, all kinds of refurbishment work can be funded, from decoration to conversions and change of use.

No monthly costs

Investment charges can be rolled up into the final payment.

Fixed payments

Payments are usually agreed at the outset, letting you budget ahead with confidence.

Staged payments

Staged payments provide funds as they are needed, reducing your interest charges.

Download Rangewell’s free and detailed guide to Property Finance

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Lending secured on your property

Your property may be at risk if you are unable to make the repayments on a refurbishment loan.

Staged payments require verification

Work must be completed to an independent valuers satisfaction before each staged payment can be released.

Short-term commitment

Refurbishment loans are for the short term. If you are unable to repay, by either selling the property or arranging alternative finance, your property may be at risk.

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