Alternatives to Financing Your New York City Renovation or Construction Plan

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March 29, 2018
Financing Your New York City Construction or Renovation Project
March 29, 2018

Alternatives to Financing Your New York City Renovation or Construction Plan

Getting financed for your New York City home or business renovation or construction plan can be a very daunting and tedious process, but once you have the approved financing terms sorted, all that’s left to do is see out the process of commissioning your renovations or construction processes.

In terms of actually getting financed for your planned construction or remodeling (renovation) project, it is never as easy as walking into your banking institution and walking away with a finance deal that incorporates all your initial wishes. In fact, the New York lending sector is only in it for the profit and will essentially only lend you the money you need if you have shown that you can pay it back on their terms and subsequently add to their incremental profits.

So, if you are indeed seeking to get your property renovations or construction jobs financed, think very carefully about the cost implications that could affect your re-payment conditions and the subsequent consequences thereof. The banks particularly have a strict lending policy, especially in the wake of the recent financial breakdown which was as a result of a chain reaction set into motion by the fall-out of high-risk lending in the domestic property sector.

If your bank decides that you do indeed qualify for financing, whether you seek to build a new home, business, etc., or if you seek to get some contracting work done, like expansions, exterior work, renovations, remodeling, etc., you should still carry out your own internal viability assessment and make provision for any potential fall-outs that may ensue. Ask yourself if you really need a loan or any other form of financing to rope in a general contractor that will complete your project.

There are other alternatives to pursue in your quest to renovate your home or business and the same applies to ground-up constructions. One of these alternatives is that of putting some money away, bit-by-bit, until you can afford to have those portions of the renovation or construction job completed, one at a time. Obviously this applies to those renovation and construction jobs that can be completed in this manner, such as apartment renovation, custom woodwork, custom millwork, stone stoops & stuccos, some plumbing, windows, roofs and even services such as brownstone renovation. The important factor to keep in mind, when pursuing this bit-by-bit approach, is that of maintaining consistency in your choice of a contractor. Good New York City contractors are totally aware of the need for some clients to have their projects completed one piece at a time and so make the necessary provisions, but it is important to use the same contractor to complete the job they started.

In some cases however, there are some New York City general contractors who are adept at building-out projects already under way, but these types of general contractors will explicitly state that this is indeed one of their specialist service offerings.

While domestic construction or renovation projects will naturally require out-of-pocket contributions, for those who are active in the commercial New York property space, be it for a small business but particularly in the case of a landlord, you can get your clients to finance your renovations or ground-up construction. Naturally, this will have to be a very calculated avenue to pursue, but a great example of this option in action is that of taking deposits for a planned apartment block construction project, for instance, where prospective tenants are required to solidify their apartments by putting down a deposit, which would then be used to complete the required construction or renovation work.