If you are thinking about borrowing some money then you might wonder whether it will be a good idea to borrow it from your regular bank. This has advantages and disadvantages and it is a good idea to think about all of them while you are deciding so that you can be sure that you are making the right decision. A few of them are considered below to start you off.
It is always a good idea to make sure that you are aware of the cost of the loan. All loans cost money, of course, but the costs will vary. Often, they will have an interest rate and you can compare that, but there might be other fees as well, so be sure to look into those as well. It can be tempting to then go for the very cheapest loan, but it is worth remembering that value for money is important as well. You want to look at what other features the loans have and how these compare as you may feel that it is worth paying a bit extra if they give a better service.
With a loan it is always really important to make sure that you can repay it. You will need to find out how much you will be expected to pay and when. Then you will be able to look at your finances and work out whether this is something that you will be able to afford. It is wise to check the repayment amount with the lender and they will be able to confirm how much it will be. If you have a variable rate then you will need to also calculate whether you will be able to manage if the rates go up. There is always a chance that this might happen and it can be good to think about whether you will be able to cope with a rate increase and increased payments. If you feel that the repayments will be too expensive, then it can be a good idea to think about whether you will be better off choosing a different lender. You may find that the ones that have smaller repayment amounts might be dearer because you will be making more repayments over a longer time. However, if it means that you will find it easier to make the repayments, that you will manage your money better and will be unlikely to miss a repayment and have to pay extra fees as a result, then it is worth it.
If you already have financial products with a bank, then the application process might be quicker. They will not have to do an ID check so that will speed things up a bit. They might be happier to lend you money as well of they know you as a customer, however, banks have a lot of customers and unless you go into a branch regularly and talk to the same staff members, it may mean that they will have to investigate your application in the same way that they would for a new customer, just without the ID check.
Know What Service You Will Get
If you already use the bank then you will know what to expect from them with regards to the service that they give. This can mean that you will not need to worry about the unknown and you will be able to feel confident about how things will work out with them. However, you will never know whether choosing an alternative bank will actually lead to you getting an even better service than you get form your own bank.