Home equity loans are secured loans which can be taken by any home owner that qualifies for them. They will be accessing cash from their home loans. This should not be gone into lightly as you will be using the equity of your home and it will take quite a while to repay it.
It is more prudent to save the money for any project. It does take longer to get the project completed but you will be saving your self a lot of money on interest and loan charges. Make sure sure that this is the only way you can finance a project and that it will be worth the expense of the loan.
These loans are not difficult to qualify for as most banks and credit unions and any money lending agencies would be glad to loan you the money. They are keen on these loans because of the profits they make on the interest and also because they are secured and this gives them little or no chance of losing their money if you did not pay off the loan in full.
Lenders will check an applicant's credit record. If this is bad they will not repay the loan but could possibly charge a higher rate of interest to compensate themselves for the risk they would be taking in lending you money. They will also want documented proof of the applicant's monthly income and a statement of the monthly expenses to ensure that they can afford to pay off the loan in full.