How to Fix Your Credit Score and Repair Damage
You may be bombarded with adds for businesses telling you they can help fix your credit. Many companies say they have some kind of proven method for improving your credit score. However, you should first follow this advice and see what you can do yourself before paying anyone else.
To repair bad credit, make sure you pay at least the minimum balance on your credit cards each month. It is always best to pay your balance in full, but sometimes this is not possible. Paying the minimum balance shows companies that you are at least trying to repay what was loaned to you.
Perhaps the most important tip you need to understand when repairing your credit is to understand where your credit score comes from and how it is calculated. This way, you will realize what areas are affecting your credit score the most and which areas you can improve in to help raise your score.
If you need to dispute a claim with your credit bureau, send them a letter. You can find sample letters online, look for the one that best suits you. Remember the option to file a dispute may be online, but it may not be user friendly, so sending a letter might be your best option.
If you’ve examined your credit report and can clearly see errors, contact the reporting bureau immediately. Although each report may contain different information, the reporting agencies will contact each other with any updates to information that may be incorrect. The reporting agency should also notify you if they’ve fixed the error, and send you an updated copy of your credit report without charge.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit, is to only apply for a loan when you are almost certain that you will be approved. This is important because you may lessen the chances of getting approved in the future if you are rejected.
One of the best things that can do around your house, which takes very little effort, is to shut off all of the lights when you go to bed. This will help to save a lot of money on your energy bill during the year, putting more money in your pocket for other expenses.
Credit repair scams are a dime a dozen, so understanding what is legit and what isn’t is key in finding someone to help you with your problems. For example, if a company contacts you but doesn’t tell you about your Fair Credit Reporting Act rights, then they aren’t a trustworthy business.
There usually isn’t a way to get around negative items on your credit report unless you contact the creditor directly. There are many companies that claim they have the ability to do this but really they just contact the creditor and if they don’t hear back from them the debt is removed. Once the creditor reports to the credit agency, the negative item will show on your report again.
Your credit may need to be repaired, but you are the best person to fix it. After all, you’re the one who created the situation to begin with. Give yourself power again by setting your credit right. More importantly, make sure you learn enough, so that you do not ever have bad credit again.