As an adult, it's natural to want to build a life of your own. Unfortunately, a bad credit score can dash your dreams, making it much more difficult to do things that most adults must do. It's harder to buy or rent a place to live; it's hard to buy a car; it's hard to get a loan. Luckily, you can turn it around. Here are some ways to do that.
When trying to repair your credit it is important not to miss any more of your monthly credit card payments. You will never be able to truly repair your credit if you do that because this missed payment will go on your credit report and stay there for at least seven years. To increase your credit score, keep the balance owed on your credit cards at less than 30% of the card's total limit. The way you utilize your credit is something that credit bureaus consider when evaluating your credit, and a little restraint will go a long way to show that you use your credit responsibly. Be extremely cautious when hiring a credit repair organization. Most of these organizations act unethically, and some even illegally. If a company tells you they can repair your credit in an unusually short period of time, it isn't true. Check the company out with the Better Business Bureau before paying any fees to the agency. If you can lower your credit card limit you should. This can help you from overspending on your credit card and it also show the credit card company and credit reporting agencies that you are a responsible customer. This can help you in the future if you want a credit limit increase.
Check your credit report often. Even if you don't have bad credit due to defaults or bankruptcy, there may be errors on it that are not your fault. It can be scary, but knowing what is on your report is essential to maintaining healthy credit. It is recommended to check your credit report, at least twice a year. Don't open up unnecessary credit card accounts. Some people think it's a good idea to do this because it will increase the credit they have available to them, however, it's a bad idea. It won't make your credit score look any better if you do this and may even lower it. To improve your credit rating going forward, pay attention to the quality of your creditors. This doesn't impact your credit as much as other factors, but having credit accounts with banks and auto manufacturers is better for your credit score than having credit accounts with general lenders like finance companies.
You can often identify a general lender by the fact that it has "Finance" or "Banc" in its name. An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is that you should organize yourself. This is important because if you are serious about fixing your credit, it is imperative that you establish goals and lay out how you are going to accomplish those specific goals. Decide who you want to rent from: an individual or a corporation. Both has its advantages and disadvantages. Your credit, employment or residency problems can be explained more easily to a landlord than to a corporate representative. Your maintenance needs can be addressed easier though when you rent from a real estate corporation.
Find the solution for your specific situation. Repair not only your credit, but the root of your problems. Some people have their credit ruined by factors out of their control, like an ex who was spending money during a marriage that the person didn't know about, but if your problem was just reckless spending on YOUR part then I'd recommend joining Shopaholics Anonymous and getting help. 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. When contacting a company to obtain aid in fixing your credit, do not hire one that offers to help you by creating a false credit identity through an Employer Identification Number as a way to sidestep using your Social Security number. Not only is this illegal advice, you will be committing fraud and you might end up in legal hot water. A good tip for those of us who are looking to repair our credit is to seek out free or inexpensive credit-repair help before thinking about paying a credit repair company to help you with your problem. Most of the time, you will receive the same advice no matter what option you choose. Try to negotiate "pay for delete" deals with creditors. Some creditors will delete derogatory marks from your credit report in exchange for payment in full or occasionally even less than the full balance. Many creditors will refuse to do this, however. In that case, the next best outcome is a settlement for significantly less than the balance. Creditors are much more willing to settle for less if they don't have to delete the derogatory mark.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to be careful if you co-sign with another individual who is also responsible for payments on the loan or lease. This is important because they could easily damage your credit and reputation. Be sure you know and trust whoever you co-sign with, and make sure the terms are in writing. Should you find yourself needed to declare bankruptcy, do so sooner rather than later. Anything you do to try to repair your credit before, in this scenario, inevitable bankruptcy will be futile since bankruptcy will cripple your credit score. First, you must declare bankruptcy, then begin to repair your credit. Don't let bad credit prevent you from doing the things you want to do. Commit to improving your credit score as much as you can and start right now. By following these tips, you'll repair your credit enough that you aren't stuck anymore and can move on with your life.