Mon. Nov 22nd, 2021
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Today, now more than ever, it is important to have a good credit score. Bad credit can keep you from having a phone, utilities in your name, getting an apartment and even obtaining insurance. There are easy ways to fix your credit score. This can be done easily and for free in many cases. Poor Credit Loan services are expensive and can be avoided if you take these few steps to fix your low score.

5 Actions That Hurt Your Credit Score

  1. Inquiries;

    When you open a new account or apply for a loan or credit line it puts an inquiry on your credit. Too many of these can reduce your credit score.

  2. Late payments;

    If you send in late payment to your existing lines of credit your credit company can post this on your credit report.

  3. Debit to Income ratio;

    If you carry a high amount of debt in loans and credit lines this will bring down your credit score. Be sure to pay down any loans that you have.

  4. Outstanding bills;

    If you allow any outstanding bills to go to collections it will negatively affect your score.

  5. Judgements or charge offs;

    If you allow a bill to remain unpaid for a long period of time the company may decide to “charge it off” or file court paperwork and get a judgement against you. Once a debt goes this far it can take years to clear it off of your credit report.

Here are 5 steps you ca take to you fix your bad credit score

  1. Obtain a copy of your credit report;

    There are 3 major reporting agencies. Check with each one and look for discrepancies.

  2. Dispute any discrepancies;

    If there are discrepancies contact the reporting agency and ask them to correct the problem. Your can do this online or request that the proper form be sent to you.

  3. Close credit accounts that you no longer use;

    if you have credit accounts that you no longer use close them. It is important to note that if you have an account that has been open for a long time this can effect your score in a positive way. You may want to consider transferring debt from newer cards to the older one and closing the newest card.

  4. Pay off old bills on your reports;

    Once you have verified the accuracy of your credit reports, start paying off the companies that you owe. In some cases you can contact them and negotiate a lower pay off amount. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.

  5. Credit cards;

    pay your credit payments regularly, on time, and keep the amount you owe at least 50% of your limit. Remember if you inquire about a lower interest rate they can raise the rate and also this puts an inquiry on your report.

Remember that almost any action on your credit report can bring your score down. So be aware when applying for new credit and asking for adjustments on your current interest rates. As you do these simple fixes on your credit report you may see a dip in your score, but it will soon come back up as your score is updated. Generally this can take up to 60 days.

By Shelly Evans

Shelly Evans is a freelance writer and loan consultant. She specialize in writing articles about obtaining financing despite having bad credit. She has more than 16 years in consumer credit and collections and 4 years in business financing.

4 thoughts on “5 Ways To Fix Your Credit Score”
  1. I was never taught about credit from my parents and I blame half of my failings to them because I wasn’t ready to live on my own. Up until last week I was trying to get new credit cards and three companies had checked on my credit, so imagine how much dent that must have put on my credit, but I had no idea that could hurt my credit score until I read this article. Time to cancel some credit cards I suppose.

  2. I had no idea that inquiries could actually lower my credit score and for this reason alone I probably lost about 20 points from my credit score last year. Who knows how much cheaper my car insurance and the interest rates would have been on my credit card, had I not wasted those 20 points away. It’s too late to regret now, but at least I won’t make the same mistake again.

  3. So first things first, I need to obtain my credit report. It’s probably going to be a lot of work, but I’ll need to go over every item to see why all three scores are so different than the last time I checked, which was about 3 years ago. I’ll probably end up having to make disputes, but I really should have had a credit monitoring service and I could have nipped this in the butt. Oh well, there’s nothing much I can do until I go over my credit report, so I guess I’ll see if I’m entitled to that free report or not.

  4. Great tips! Once I got my credit score, the rest was easy. It is nice to see all of the credit you have to your name and how it is affecting things. Then you can clean it up one thing at a time, slowly bringing your score up.

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