Types of loans
Secured loans, sometimes called homeowner or guaranteed loans, secure the amount you want to borrow against an asset, like your home. If you've got a bad credit score, you might want to use this type to borrow a larger sum of money.
Securing the money you're borrowing against your home reduces the risk to the lender, so you're more likely to be accepted. If you're a homeowner, Monevo may show you secured loan options available through a secured loans broker.
But if you fail to keep up with the repayments, the lender could seize your property.
Loans for bad credit are available if you've got a low credit score. A bad credit rating usually means you'll have a limited choice and higher interest rates.
Just know that you may be extending the terms of the debt and increasing the total amount you repay.
Home improvement loans are useful if you want to make changes to your home. You can pay for any work that's done upfront and pay back the money over a set time period.
Wedding loans can be used to pay off the full or remaining balance of your dream wedding if you need some extra help.
A holiday loan is a personal loan you can take out if you can't afford to pay for a holiday upfront.
A guarantor loan is an unsecured loan where a second person, usually a family member, agrees to cover your debts if you can't. They can help if you've struggled to borrow money before. For a full breakdown of how it works, read our guarantor loans explained guide.
Understanding credit reports and credit checks
These reports are produced by credit agencies like Experian and Equifax. They get your credit information from a range of sources, including lenders.
When you apply for credit like a credit card, mortgage, or finance, lenders will check your report. They'll use it to decide whether or not to lend to you.
Different credit agencies use different marking systems, but your score will usually be marked from 0 to 1000. The higher the number, the better the score. Lenders then use your score, along with your report, to work out whether or not you’re a good investment to lend to.
Worried your score isn’t as good as it could be? We’ve got some helpful tips that could improve your credit score.
Hard vs soft credit checks
Soft credit checks are designed so businesses can look at your report to get an idea of what offers you may be eligible for. They don’t mark your credit report and won’t affect your credit score.
Comparing loans with us and our loans partner, Monevo, rather than applying straight to the lender means you can check what offers may be available to you. Monevo will only ever run soft credit checks on your credit report. Once you’ve chosen and applied for an offer, the lender will run a hard credit check.
The lender may check your report from more than one major credit agency. Hard credit checks are tied to your credit application and can affect your credit score.
Failing a credit application after a hard credit check can damage your credit score. Lenders can see this and think you're having financial difficulties, which can lower your chances of being approved. So it's always worth comparing loans before applying.
Need more help?
Different types of loans and lenders will look for different things when they're approving your application, which makes it all the more important to compare.
Get into financial difficulty
Have a change in personal circumstances
Need to update your contact details, address, name, or employment status
Always check what the early repayment fees are before you agree to anything, as you could be better off letting the repayments run their course.
What our expert says:
Getting a loan isn’t a decision you should take lightly. But if you’ve done your research and you’re happy you can make the repayments, it makes sense to compare as many lenders as possible. We’ll show you the best rates we can offer based on your finances so you can pick the one that suits you best.
Personal finance expert