Many people who are eligible for a VA -guaranteed loan do not realize the full potential of the loan. Eligible veterans and their surviving spouses who have not remarried may obtain a VA loan not only to buy a home, but also to improve an existing home. VA loans can help homeowners to make energy-efficient home improvements, which will reduce the cost of energy bills over time.
Veterans are permitted to borrow up to $6,000 without an assessment of the home's worth. Veterans who borrow $3,000 or less need only provide the mortgage lender with receipts for the renovation costs. However, veterans who borrow $3,000 or more are required to prove that the renovation costs will significantly reduce their monthly utility bills. The theory behind an energy-efficient home improvement loan is that the money the homeowner will save on utility bills will be applied to their additional monthly loan payment. In other words, the financial burden of the loan will be offset by lower energy bills. Eligible candidates should decide which energy-efficient improvements they would like to make to their home, and contact their local utility company to see which renovations would benefit their home the most. The borrower should then provide this information to their lender.