If your credit rating is poor, do not panic. There are a lot of things you can do to fix your credit. There are many companies that claim to “fix” your credit, but you can do the same thing for free. If you follow our tips you will be well on your way to repairing your credit.
Order a free credit report and comb it for any errors there may be. Making sure your credit reports are accurate is the easiest way to repair your credit since you put in relatively little time and energy for significant score improvements. You can order your credit report through companies like Equifax for free.
If you have credit cards with balances that are greater than fifty percent of the maximum, you should pay those down as quickly as possible. It’s best to keep all of your credit cards below the fifty percent mark! When balances are over 50%, your credit rating goes down significantly, so try to either spread out your debt or, ideally, pay off your credit cards.
Be immediately proactive if you feel that someone has used your credit illegally. Whether it is through attempted identity theft or fraudulent attempts by non-reputable creditors, these attempts can slip by without vigilance on your part. Take the time to research any report to your file and examine the source.
Pay attention to the dates of last activity on your report. Disreputable collection agencies will try to restart the last activity date from when they purchased your debt. This is not a legal practice, however if you don’t notice it, they can get away with it. Report items like this to the credit reporting agency and have it corrected.
To improve your credit worthiness, pay off your credit cards but DON’T close the accounts. It is an ironic truth that creditors want to lend credit to people who don’t really need it. Two of the major factors going into the computation of your FICO credit score are the amount of credit you have available to you and how much of it you are using. Paying down your credit card balances is the ideal way to improve your FICO score and bring expenses under control. As you accomplish this, there is a tendency to want to close the credit card account altogether to be done with it. Don’t do that! Retaining the account keeps the line of credit open and enhances your overall financial standing with creditors. Just set the credit card aside and don’t use it again except for serious emergencies.
Using a credit card responsibly can help repair your credit. When you use a credit card in a conscientious manner you improve your credit history and pave the way for healthy credit in the future. Always pay your credit card bill on time and do your best to pay off your full balance each month.
As you can see, by following our helpful tips you will be able to do exactly what credit repair companies do. Your credit rating does not have to stay in the poor range forever; you now have the knowledge to drag yourself out of the poor credit world and into the good credit world.