Everyone at some point in their lives has to get credit. Credit is needed to make high level purchases for expensive consumer goods. Purchases affect a persons credit score. When people make purchases but are not able to pay them, their credit score lowers. If you want to repair your credit, then follow these tips.
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.
The minimum credit card payment is not all you can pay, try to pay over that amount. Paying higher than the minimum payments looks excellent on a credit report and will contribute to a higher FICO score. It also helps your finances by lowering the amount of interest you are paying which will save you money.
The key to successful repair of your credit is to know your rights about how your accounts are reported. If you feel that errors have been made in the way an agency has reported to your credit history then it is in your best interest to know your rights and contact these creditors with that information in your toolbox.
If you have challenged or denied negative items on your credit report and some still remain, you may be able to reduce that number even further by contacting the collection agency or creditor. By law, these companies need to provide written proof that the account is yours. This means a hard copy of a signed contract or other legally binding document, not just a printout of the information they have in their computer system. Many of these companies do not hold onto these documents. If they can’t come up with acceptable proof, they are required to remove the account from your credit report and stop all collection attempts.
When trying to repair your credit, do not fall for the scams that tell you they will help you to create a new credit file. Creating a new credit file is actually fraud if you decide to follow through. Since it is fraud, you can face legal repercussions if you create a new credit file.
Contact the creditors of small recent debts on your account. See if you can negotiate having them report your debt as paid as agreed if you can pay the balance in full. Make sure that if they agree to the arrangement that you get it in writing from them for backup purposes.
As stated before, everyone gets credit at some point. People need credit to make purchases for expensive consumer goods such as homes and cars. With each purchase, the credit score is affected, and a lack of ability to pay for a purchase lowers a credit score. If you remember the tips from this article, you can repair your own credit score.