We all go through periods of time when we struggle with money. To buy the items we need, we often over finance with credit cards. If you have ever reached your credit limits without being able to pay off your cards each month, your credit score has probably suffered. There are many ways to repair your credit, from paying off all of your balances to establishing a long credit history.
If you have to improve your credit, make a solid plan and follow it. You need to change your past habits and build new, better approaches to credit. Limit your purchases only to things that are absolutely necessary. Ask yourself how necessary each purchase is, and how affordable it is too. If you can’t answer “yes” to each of the questions above, you need to reconsider the purchase.
If you can get authorized user status on a credit card account with a good payment history, don’t hesitate to do so. If you pay the bill on time, the account holder’s history becomes yours. Be aware, however, that it also works in reverse; if the account holder defaults, your credit will suffer as well.
Your household bills are just as important to pay on time as any other credit source. When repairing your credit history be sure to maintain on time payments to utilities, mortgages or rent. If these are reported as late, it can have as much negative impact on your history as the positive things you are doing in your repairs.
You can review your credit report for free annually from the three credit bureaus. Use these reports to make sure that all information on them is correct. Errors are not uncommon and no one will notice it or fix it other than you. Having the wrong information on your credit can damage your score, or cause you to be denied for a loan.
When you inspect your credit report for errors, you will want to check for accounts that you have closed being listed as open, late payments that were actually on time, or any other myriad of things that can be wrong. If you find an error, write a letter to the credit bureau and include any proof that you have such as receipts or letters from the creditor.
Once you have your credit score higher, you will be able to finance a house. Making regular mortgage payments will also help your credit score. Owning a home shows financial stability, which is great for your credit. This will be beneficial when you apply for loans.
When in the process of repairing your credit, you will have to speak with creditors or collection agencies. Make sure that you speak to them in a courteous and polite tone. Avoid aggression or it could backfire for you. Threats can also lead to legal action on their part, so just be polite.
No matter the reasons for your credit score being lower than you would like, you have many options for improving your score. Most important is to stick with your plans. Pay down your debts and keep your credit accounts open to establish a lengthy credit history and you will be on your way to a better score in no time.