If you’re getting ready to do some home improvement projects, running your expenses through a credit card can make sense. As long as you pay off the card right away, you can earn rewards for your spending, which can be icing on the cake.

And if you have a last-minute, necessary home improvement project you don’t have cash on hand to cover? In this case, a 0% APR introductory offer can be a lifeline. You can finance the project while giving yourself time to pay it off–without accruing interest charges.

The key here is to figure out which cards offer the best rewards or introductory APR offers so that you get the most bang for your buck when it comes time to pull out the old tool belt. Here are a few cards in each category you might check out for your DIY adventures.

Home Improvement Cards with Rewards

We’ve focused specifically on cash-back and flexible reward types here. The thinking is that you can leverage some of your rewards to lower the costs of your home improvement project or even upgrade parts of your project. But keep in mind that you could also use a credit card to earn travel rewards from your home improvement expenditures, which is a great way to take a well-deserved vacation after the construction dust clears.

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

This is a great card for home improvement projects because the cash-back structure is simple. And it has a $0 annual fee.

Unlimited 1.5% cash back is just the beginning. Enjoy 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more; and 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.

Plus the card_name has a great introductory APR offer. So you could finance your project for free and get great rewards.

Alliant Credit Union Visa® Signature Card

If you’re a big credit card spender, this credit card might be the one for you. It’s designed for those who spend $50,000 or more per year on their card. But it offers 3% cash back the first year on all purchases, and 2.5% cash back per year after that.

The card has a $99 annual fee, but that’s waived the first year. In short, you won’t find better cash back than this card.

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa® Card

The Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Card is another great unlimited cash back rewards card. It offers 1.5% cash back on all rewards and no annual fee.

Plus, if you spend $500 in the first three months of purchase, you’ll get a $150 cash back bonus.

Citi Double Cash® Card

Citi Double Cash® Card

If you need some incentive to pay back those home improvement purchases in a timely fashion, check out the Citi Double Cash® Card.

Earn 2% on every purchase with unlimited 1% cash back when you buy, plus an additional 1% as you pay for those purchases. To earn cash back, pay at least the minimum due on time. Plus, for a limited time, earn 5% total cash back on hotel, car rentals and attractions booked on the Citi Travel℠ portal through 12/31/24.

If you plan to pay off your purchases right away, this $0 annual fee card is a great option.

Best Store-Based Credit Cards for Home Improvement

If you have a particular hardware store you prefer for your purchases, you might consider getting a store card from that particular store. We don’t typically recommend a lot of store cards. But for big ticket purchases like home improvement projects, they can make sense. That said, having just one store card means you won’t be able to shop around for the best prices on your materials, so keep this in mind.

Lowes Advantage Card

Instead of cashback, the Lowes Advantage Card gives you 5% off of your Lowes purchases every day. It also offers special financing for six months on purchases of $299 or more and reduced APR project financing. The 5% off offer cannot be combined with coupons or other discounts and does exclude certain products and services. Still, that’s a better deal than most of the cashback credit cards on our list, and it’s certainly worth considering.

Home Depot Consumer Card

This card mainly offers special financing on purchases of $299 or more, and sometimes that financing deal can last up to 24 months during promotional periods. At times it also offers a cash-back bonus, again during certain promotional periods. It doesn’t offer additional discounts or cash back, though, so only go with this card if your goal is special long-term financing and you qualify for such an offer.

Best 0% Introductory Offers

Some of the great cashback cards above also come with good introductory APR offers, so they’re worth checking out. But here are a few more cards to consider for your home improvement project if you’re specifically looking for an introductory APR.

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

One of the best all-around credit cards happens to be the card_name. It has a nice intro APR offer along with a good up-front bonus and solid rewards program.

New cardholders will receive an intro APR of 0% on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months. After that, the ongoing APR becomes 19.24% - 29.99%.

Earn a $250 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 6 months.

6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%). 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions. 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations. 3% Cash Back on transit (including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more). 1% Cash Back on other purchases.

Unfortunately, most of your purchases for home improvement would likely fall into the other purchases category for this card, which only earns 1% cash back.

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Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card

Last but not least, the card_name does just about everything well, which includes a long intro APR opportunity.

New cardholders will be given an APR of 0% intro on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. The everyday rate after the intro rate expires is 19.99% - 29.99%.

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One-time $200 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening


Any of these cards could be a good option to help you finance your home improvement project and earn some valuable rewards while doing so. Be sure to choose a card you’re likely to qualify for that will give you the most bang for your buck, then use it for your project and rack up some rewards.


  • Abby Hayes

    Abby is a freelance journalist who writes on everything from personal finance to health and wellness. She spends her spare time bargain hunting and meal planning for her family of three. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and lives with her husband and children in Indianapolis.