Bad credit can happen to anyone; most people are just a few steps away from having their credit score plummet. The good news is that there are definite steps you can take to repair your credit, and they are steps that you can take on your own. Here are some steps that you will find relatively easy to take.
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.
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.
If you are trying to improve a damaged credit score while under a considerable debt burden, consider contacting your creditors and having them lower your credit limits. There are two effects to lowering your credit limit. First, it prevents you from continuing to run up debt. Second, it improves your image as a responsible and trustworthy user of credit.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to consider paying off the card that carries the lowest balance first. This is important because you will feel a sense of accomplishment by knocking out the easiest accounts first and using the money from that account to pay off the larger ones. This method may not work for everyone.
Ask a family member or a close friend if they will add you to onto their credit card account as an authorized user. This account should be a couple of years old, should have nearly flawless payment history, and should have a balance that is low. You will inherit the history of the account on your credit as if you have always been on that card.
If you are trying to improve your credit score, you have to be more careful when it gets higher, not lower. The impact on your score increases as your score gets higher. This means that a maxed-out credit card can take nearly twice as many points from a 780 credit score as from a 680 score.
Know your rights when dealing with the credit bureaus. When you file a dispute over an error, the credit bureau has 30 to 45 days to investigate the error. If the mistake is confirmed, or if the creditor does not respond to the investigation, then the error must be removed from your report. This is your right, and you need to remember that.
Take this advice on board and get started fixing your credit. It will make you feel great to know that you are handling things and changing them for the better. By working on your credit, you are working to change your entire financial situation, which will improve in the long run.