In this economy, you’re not the only person who has had a difficult time keeping your credit score high. That can be little consolation when you find it harder to get financing for life’s necessities. The good news is that you can repair your credit; here are a few tips to get you started.
Resist the temptation to cut up and throw away all of your credit cards when you are trying to repair bad credit. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s very important to begin maintaining a history of responsible credit card use. Establishing that you can pay off your balance on time each month, will help you improve your credit score.
Pay every bill and pay it on time. If you don’t have the money, lean on friends and family to help if you can. It takes a long time to recover from even one late or missed payment. Above all of your bills, keep your credit cards and loans paid and on time.
Give your cards a bit of diversity. Have a credit account from three different umbrella companies. For example, having a Visa, MasterCard and Discover, is great. Having three different MasterCard’s is not as good. These companies all report to credit bureaus differently and have different lending practices, so lenders want to see a variety when looking at your report.
Do not fall prey to the seven or ten year bad credit “monster” so many creditors put forth. You can positively impact your history through diligence and effort. These time frames are by no means a set standard on how long negative reports affect your standing. Many times these are used as a scare tactic to keep you from being proactive in your efforts.
When trying to repair your credit, do not fall for the scams that tell you they will help you to create a new credit file. Creating a new credit file is actually fraud if you decide to follow through. Since it is fraud, you can face legal repercussions if you create a new credit file.
If a company tells you they can create a new credit file for you, run the other way. Creating a second credit file is illegal because it involves creating a new identity for you. If any company offers you this, you should, stop doing business with them even if they just offer it as an option. Otherwise, you would be working with a company that engages in illegal practices.
If you are trying to repair your credit score, it is important that you obtain a copy of your credit report regularly. Having a copy of your credit report will show you what progress you have made in repairing your credit and what areas need further work. In addition, having a copy of your credit report will allow you to spot and report any suspicious activity.
A low credit score can run your life in a number of ways, so having a bad credit score can make you feel the squeeze of a bad economy even more than other people. Following these tips will help you to breathe easier, as you find your score starts to improve over time.