Tips for First Time Bank Loan Applicants

Are you mulling over applying for a bank loan for the first time? Getting approved is not certain especially if you are not prepared. Apart from ensuring you get the approval, finding the right financial institution is equally important. But what are the essential aspects to a seamless loan application process?

Know the type of loan you are looking for. 

Your first order of business is to determine what you will need the loan for. Are you planning to upgrade your car, renovate your home or use it for personal needs? Next, look for a bank that can give you the best deal in terms of interests and length of loan. Lastly, before signing, see to it that you understand the terms and read the fine print.


Check your credit history. 

It is also important for you to know your credit score since this is one of the criteria creditors look for in a loan applicant. You can request for a credit history report from any of the three credit reference agencies. Consequently, you get to check it for accuracy and discrepancies to make the necessary corrections. You might also want to make an enquiry to your prospective bank about the range of credit score you need.

Secure the documents. 

All banks have their own set of requirements for loan approval and a list is what you need. Set an appointment with the bank to discuss the loan and the necessary documents you have to submit. This might take some time so it is best to ask about it in advance.

Have a contingency plan.


Although you increase your chances of getting your loan approved if you prepare for it, this is not an assurance that you can secure an approval. What you can do is ask the bank officer about the time table of the process and when to follow up. It will also help to have another potential bank in mind but do not apply for a second loan yet since this will affect your credit history.