Fixing Your Credit ScoreBy MGB • Mar 28th, 2012 • Category: Credit
It used to be the case that most people had never heard of their credit score, much less knowing precisely what it was and keeping an eye on it every month. Nowadays however, that credit scoring system has become ever more important in the way people’s finances are judged and evaluated and millions of people have found out how difficult life can get, financially speaking, when they get bad credit. Consequently, most people now realise that in order to improve their financial situation it is massively important to improve their credit score and to fix their credit rating once and for all. Once they have done this and their credit is improved they will then be taken much more seriously when it comes to dealing with the bank and other financial institutions involved in the credit and loans industry.
The first thing to note is that it is not necessary to go to any of the companies out there offering quick credit repair. The best way to fix this problem is to do it yourself and the only way to do it is by careful and restrained financial management. This careful managing of finances will come about through the steady reduction of debts, the constant checking of your credit file and other details, as well as a sustained effort to reduce and negate any factors that might have added to that negative rating. This can be achieved through following these simple steps:
Pay Those Bills on Time: In the past you might have been financially disorganized or you might have just been disorganized when it came to getting payments in on time. It doesn’t matter. From this point onwards there will be no financial disorganization as that just leads to a trail of irresponsible finances, which wont help your file. Instead, the bare minimum you can achieve is to make sure payments are on time. Late payments have a genuine effect on your score and a number of them will give your score a significant kicking. From this point on they will be on time and will never be less than the bare minimum required. If you know you are disorganized then simply set up a standing order to make the payment for you.
No More Applying for Credit: A lot of people will try and apply for more and more loans to get themselves out of debt and will keep applying even when they have been turned down. This is a mistake. If you get turned down then do not apply again until your score has been repaired. That’s because each application and rejection will leave a big red mark on your file and a number of rejections both reduces your score and gives your file that desperate feel. Wait at least 3 months between any credit application.
Clear Cards Not Accounts: Whilst it is the aim of this process to get out of debt and clear your debts on credit cards, it is to your advantage to leave those card accounts open even once they are clear (though this takes some restraint on your part not to spend again!) If you have a lot of unused credit available to you this is a positive on your credit score.
Check Those Details: Finally, ensure that you keep an eye on your credit file and that all the information contained in it is correct. Any discrepancies or irregularities can affect your score.
Finally, keep in mind that the credit agencies are looking for responsibility and stability. Ensure you are registered for voting, that you keep any long term bank accounts and try not to move home too often. That way you will look like a reliable and decent candidate for credit.
Esther is a financial journalist and writer. She enjoys covering everything from personal finance to small business tax advice and from mortgages to investments. She also writes a blog for a payday loans UK site.