If you had a dollar for every time you told yourself you’d make that credit payment, you would have the money to pay off your bills. Alas, that’s not how life works and now you’re stuck with a bad credit score and you may see no end in sight. Well, there is an end to it all. If you can follow this practical and helpful advice, you can free yourself of the bad credit burden.
Examine your credit report and make sure it is correct. Credit reporting agencies are notorious for their inaccurate data collection. There may be errors if there are a lot of legitimate derogatory marks on your credit. If you find errors, use the FCRA challenge process to get them removed from your report.
Many people don’t realize that moving around a lot can also lower your credit score. Creditors will see you as unreliable and un-rooted if you change your address more than once every couple of years. If you are the type who can’t help but move often, consider getting a P.O. Box or other steady mail location where you can have all your bills and credit cards sent. This will reduce the risk that these companies realize you have moved.
You should remain patient, when building up a good credit score. Make plans for the long term and pay off your debt regularly. When you need to borrow money, you should be able to get it very easily. Adopt good credit habits as early as possible and then keep these good habits, throughout your life.
When trying to repair your credit, you should avoid using store credit cards. These cards do not improve your credit score, even if you pay them off on time. But you are taking the risk of ruining your credit further, if you cannot afford to pay the bills you accumulate. Besides, most store cards do not offer good interest rates. Pay off your store cards and cancel them.
When working to repair your credit it is important to make sure everything is reported accurately. Remember that you are entitled to one free credit report per year from all three reporting agencies or for a small fee have it provided more than once a year.
If you want to repair your credit score, avoid actions that send up red flags with the credit agencies. These flags include using advances from one card to pay off another, making large numbers of requests for new credit, or opening too many accounts at the same time. Such suspicious activity will hurt your score.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is the fact that you can and should report any illegal credit repair related activity to the National Fraud Information Center at 1-800-876-7060. This is important for your safety and the safety of others. You may also contact them for advice.
Congratulations! You have just taken your first step toward repairing your credit just by reading this article. Now the onus is on you to put this advice into live action and work to change your credit score. It’s not going to happen right away, but it will happen, if you’re willing to stick with the plan and work your way out of debt.