title:Determining How Much Money You Need to Borrow author:John Mussi source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/business_and_finance/article_4110.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:07 category:business_and_finance article:

Sometimes it can be hard to tell exactly how much you need to borrow when you’re getting ready to apply for a loan? after all, you want to make sure that you get enough to cover your needs but you don’t want to borrow so much that you might not be able to make all of your monthly payments.
To assist you in determining exactly how much you need to borrow for your loan, this article provides information on evaluating how much you can afford without the loan, how much you absolutely have to have, and how much of what you want you can really do without.
There is also information on what to do if you find that you’ve borrowed more than you actually need, or if you haven’t borrowed enough.
Determining How Much You Have Before the Loan
One of the first things that you need to do when considering applying for a loan is deciding exactly how much you can afford to spend on whatever the subject of the loan is without the loan.
Take the time to examine your current financial state, considering both savings and chequeing balances as well as any investments that are close to coming to term.
As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to cash in long-term investments simply to be able to lower the amount that you need to borrow unless you’re absolutely sure that you need to? after all, there’s no reason to cash in the money that you’re saving for retirement just to save a little bit on a loan.
Determining the Bare Minimum Loan Amount
Once you’ve decided exactly how much you can afford to spend as a down payment on the loan, you need to try to decide exactly how much is the minimum that you can get by with borrowing and still complete everything that you want to do.
This is the time to get estimates, compare prices between different vendors, or compare similar products to see if you can get something of equal or better quality for a better price somewhere else.
Use this information to determine as close as you can to exactly how much you’re going to need, and then subtract the amount of your down payment from the total amount.
This is the amount that you need to borrow? but before you apply for a loan, you should look at what you’re wanting again to make sure that you can’t lower the cost in other ways.
Cutting Loan Costs
Before applying for your loan, take a look at what the loan is going to be used for and determine whether or not there are any additional expenses that you can cut out or put off until later.
In many cases you’ll have already reduced it as much as possible, but there will occasionally be times when you realize that you can wait a little while to do a part of a construction project until this one is completed, or that some of the expenses aren’t really needed just yet.
What to Do with Too Much, or Too Little
Should you overestimate and receive too much money, don’t worry about it? after all, that’s a jump start that you’ve got on repaying the loan and can guarantee that you get your first payment off on the right foot.
If you accidentally borrow too little, then do what you can with what you have? you can always take out another small loan to cover the rest later, or you might find a new way to cut cost that you didn’t realize before.

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