If your credit rating is poor, do not panic. There are a lot of things you can do to fix your credit. There are many companies that claim to “fix” your credit, but you can do the same thing for free. If you follow our tips you will be well on your way to repairing your credit.
Resist the grace periods that credit cards may offer you if you’re trying to fix your credit. It may be tempting to be able to skip payments, but it’s not a good idea. A history of regularly paying off your balances is vital to a good credit record. Pay at least the minimum every month, and more if you can afford it.
Ask someone close to you if they can make you an authorized user to one of their accounts. Make sure it’s an account with a low balance compared to its limit, a perfect history of payments and it should have been open for at least a few years. As an authorized user, the history of this card will become part of your credit history.
Talking directly to the credit bureaus can help you determine the source of reports on your history as well as give you a direct link to knowledge about improving your file. The employees at the bureaus have all the details of your history and knowledge of how to impact reports from various creditors.
When you inspect your credit report for errors, you will want to check for accounts that you have closed being listed as open, late payments that were actually on time, or any other myriad of things that can be wrong. If you find an error, write a letter to the credit bureau and include any proof that you have such as receipts or letters from the creditor.
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.
To avoid getting in trouble with your creditors, keep in touch with them. Explain to them your situation and set up a payment plan with them. By contacting them, you show them that you are not a customer that does not intend to pay them back. This also means that they will not send a collection agency after you.
Report good information to credit repot agencies to help increase your score. If you have a job that is not listed, have it added to show job stability and increased income. If you owe taxes and have paid them on time, have that information added as well, to show that you do have the ability to pay debts.
With the new credit card laws in place, banks must now decline your card in the event of a possible overdraft. They will most likely try to get you to opt out of this, claiming that it is a service they provide to approve the purchase anyways, and then charge you a small fee. These fees are high. You will be much better off getting declined and using a different bank account or credit card for your purchase, than paying their fees.
As you can see, by following our helpful tips you will be able to do exactly what credit repair companies do. Your credit rating does not have to stay in the poor range forever; you now have the knowledge to drag yourself out of the poor credit world and into the good credit world.