A bad credit rating can affect everything from your ability to get a car loan to your ability to get a job. There are many factors other than defaulting on loan payments that can negatively affect your credit score. The following tips can help you learn what actions to take and what actions to avoid, in order to repair your credit rating.
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.
Incorporate a set amount of money from your monthly budget that will go directly to repair of your credit file. Setting aside savings from your monthly income is important, however, designating some of that extra income to the repair of your credit is equally as important. Find a balance of savings and repair that makes you comfortable and allows for saving as well.
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.
If you have negative items on your credit report, you have the right to challenge them at any time. Even if you don’t think an item is disputable, there is a chance you can have it removed if the credit bureau doesn’t investigate your challenge in a timely manner. For items that are two years old or more, the credit bureau may have trouble finding information to verify its accuracy, in which case they will have to delete it from your report.
When you find errors on your credit report, dispute them to the reporting agency. About 75% of all credit reports contain some sort of error. It may be an item that should have dropped off your report. It may have been an account that was paid in full but is still showing as outstanding. Clear these items off to give your score a boost.
Keep using cards that you’ve had for a while for small amounts here and there to keep it active and on your credit report. The longer that you have had a card the better the effect it has on your FICO score. If you have cards with better rates or limits, keep the older ones open by using them for small incidental purchases.
While repairing your credit rating does take some time and effort, there are many steps you can take to prevent your score from dropping further and to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Your credit score is a direct reflection of your credibility as a consumer, and the above tips can help you make sure that your reflection is a positive one.…