Roof repairs can be expensive, a new roof especially so. As such, many homeowners will put off repairs or even replacing the roof simply because they think they can’t afford it.
This can be a mistake and often leads to additional problems, driving up the costs and stress for the homeowner.
Fortunately most repair calls to roof contractors do not end up being roof replacements. This is welcome news to many a homeowner who usually are bracing themselves for the worst when they place that call. While a roof repair usually isn’t cheap, it’s better than paying for a whole new roof.
For many, any money that needs to be diverted to roof repairs or a new roof is simply too much. When you have to make the choice between home repairs and food, it’s not much of a choice. Fortunately, there are options for even most financially deficient among us.
From loans to government grants, there are a variety of financial options out there that will help you pay for your new roof or roof repairs in whole or in part.
Applying for a loan
Some may balk at this suggestion, especially if you have questionable credit or have already been rejected by your bank, but there are nonprofits designed to help low-income and middle-class homeowners get the home repairs they need.
These loans mainly cover crucial infrastructure repairs, such as your roof or ventilation but not improvements or new appliances. These loans are for needed repairs and not general loans.
NeighborWorks (www.nw.org) is one such organization that can help you find the loan you need via it’s network of housing organizations around the country including Georgia. If you think you may qualify, check them out or use the internet to find others!
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of obtaining an outside loan yourself, some roof contractors may offer in-house financing or provide additional financing through 3rd parties. Atlanta Roofing Specialists offers a financing option that’s great for qualified homeowners with approved credit.
Refinance Your Home
Specifically with the Federal Housing Administration 203k refinance loan. This program allows homeowners to consolidate their existing mortgage and the costs of a renovation or repair project. As long as you are using it for needed repairs and not a new pool or deck you have a decent shot at qualifying. Your local mortgage lender can help you with more information and to apply.
Grants or Contests
You even have the chance to get the things you need done for free! Entering contests such as our recent No Roof Left Behind program, can get you the roof you need for no cost! Granted these don’t happen often but when they do, sign up!
There are even grants such as the Very Low-Income Housing Repair Program offered by the USDA which provides loans and grants to repair, improve and even modernize homes!
The Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Grant is available to Seniors (62+) and can be used for repairs to make your home safer, healthier or even to make accessible to those with disabilities!
There are more out there, go online and search around! If you don’t think you can afford to fix or replace your roof today, think again, the solution is out there you just need to grab it!
Just be sure to do your homework and don’t rush through anything.
For more information or to schedule your free estimate call Atlanta Roofing Specialists in Metro Atlanta at 770-419-2222.