How to find the right personal loan for your big furniture purchases?

Last updated on November 25th, 2021
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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Furniture can be the central focus of any home. Whether you are moving into a new house or need to update your furniture to something that is more modern and comfortable. You can use a personal loan to make this important purchase without having to break the bank. These are a few handy tips to keep in mind when taking out a loan to furnish your home.

Finding a personal loan that suits you

Taking out a personal loan can be a convenient and affordable way for people who want to purchase furniture, but do not have the finances to do so. Not only does it come with flexible repayment plans, but with the various options available to you, it will be possible to find a loan that comes with an affordable interest rate. But not all loans are created equal and some could end up costing you more if you are not careful.

How much can you borrow?

Lenders vary in terms of the minimum and maximum amount that you can borrow with some personal loans having a minimum amount of $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000. Your credit score can affect the amount that you can borrow. However, before you take out a personal loan to cover your furniture expenses it is advisable that you apply for something that is within your financial reach. This means choosing a loan that will be affordable when it comes to repayments. Speaking to a financial advisor can also help you avoid biting off more than you can chew.

Fees and charges

When it comes to knowing the affordability of a loan, checking its fees and charges can be the answer. It might not be the glamorous part of getting your furniture, but it could be your saving grace. Comparing the various loans that are offered by lenders along with the fees and charges can help you know whether a loan will be affordable or not. Always keep in mind to read the fine print before agreeing to a loan.

Interest free periods and promotional deals

Finding a loan that comes with a 0% interest rate can sound like a good deal, especially when it comes to purchasing all the furniture you have in mind. However, you need to be careful when it comes to interest free loans and promotional deals as these tend to end up costing you more when the promotional period ends. If you know that you will be able to meet more than the minimum repayments on time, then you could use such deals to your advantage.

You could save in the process

Comparing your loan options can help you save hundreds of dollars in return, but also maximising deals and sales can help too. Some handy ways in which you can save are:

  • Shop for used furniture
  • Sign up for sale alerts to get in on the best deals when they come around
  • Wait for end of month sales
  • Purchase furniture at wholesale prices from the manufacturer

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Approval for personal loans is always subject to our lender’s terms, conditions and qualification criteria. Lenders will undertake a credit check in line with responsible lending obligations to help determine whether you’re in a position to take on the loan you’re applying for.

The interest rate, comparison rate, fees and monthly repayments will depend on factors specific to your profile, such as your financial situation, as well as others, such as the loan’s size and your chosen repayment term. Costs such as broker fees, redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, aren’t included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts may result in a different comparison rate.

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