It is entirely possible to fix your credit problems. It might not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, but we’ve compiled some tips to help the process go smoothly and to offer some peace of mind. Even if your current situation seems overwhelming, there are helpful options that you may not have explored. Take a look below for some new ideas and plans of action.
Open and maintain around 2 to 4 different credit cards. It’s tempting to use less, but it will take a lot longer to rebuild your credit with only one account. Using more than 4 cards makes the impression that you aren’t managing your debt well. Keep your balances low on all of the accounts and keep them paid on time.
Stop avoiding the phone calls and talk to your creditors. They aren’t going to just go away, they’ll just switch to a different company. Many collections agents are willing to work with you on payment arrangements if you’ll just take the time to talk to you. The majority would rather be guaranteed of a small payment each month than never receiving anything at all.
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.
To keep your credit record acceptable, do not borrow from different institutions. You might be tempted to take a loan from an institution to pay off another one. Everything will be reflected on your credit report and work against you. You should pay off a debt before borrowing money again.
Only take a do-it-yourself approach to your credit repair if you’re willing to do all of the work and handle talking to different creditors and collection agencies. If you don’t feel like you’re brave enough or able to handle the pressure, hire an attorney instead who is well versed on the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
An important tip to consider, when working to repair your credit, is how applying for a loan will affect you. This is known as a “hard” inquiry on your credit report. However, you will take “less of a hit” if you group these inquiries into a short amount of time, as opposed to, spread out over a couple of months.
Payment history contributes 35 percent of your credit score calculations, so a history of sporadic payments can cause your credit to need repair. When you make a decision to start repairing your credit, it is important to pay each bill every month. If you have missed payments in the past, you will need to get current in payments and stay current.
We hope that you’ve found these tips helpful and motivating. Credit problems can take quite a toll on your peace of mind, but developing a plan will help get you back on track. Now you can take a deep breath and begin taking the first steps. Take heart because you are now on your way to lightening your credit burden.