Tips for repairing your credit
Your credit and credit score are an important part of being able to borrow money, whether that money is for a car, a home, or starting a business, you want to ensure you have good credit. It is hard these days to rent an apartment, get a cell phone, or in some cases even a job if you do not have good credit. The following are some tips for how to repair your credit if you have already gotten in over your head:
Tip one: Talk to your creditors. You will want to talk to the people you owe money to that have the potential of damaging your credit further by reporting late payments etc. Most creditors would rather work with you and get their money then report your bad credit, so if you call them and tell them you are having difficulty paying, and if you do your best to work out a smaller payment, they will generally be more than willing. They are not going to want you to have bad credit any more than you do. You not paying hurts them too. So, stop making your credit worse and talk to creditors to work out better payment plans.
Tip two: Contact the credit reporting agencies right away if there is anything incorrect on your credit. It takes a few months to get incorrect information off your credit report, however, they can place a notice on it so that if anything suspect goes on your credit you will be contacted right away. It is important to do this in case your identity gets stolen, etc.
Tip three: Start paying everything on time. To improve your credit you have to show consistency with payments, so keep your payments, but make sure you pay them on time. You have to make payments on time for a year for your credit to improve, so start now working on no late payments, and making full payments.
Tip four: If you want to improve your credit you have to be sure to not get in over your head. So, do not buy things until you have saved up enough for at least one third of the item (unless it is a house). This will help you. Even if you pay all of it on payments, at least you won't be buying something you should not. You have to be able to afford all of your payments in order to improve your credit.
Tip five: Get professional help. Sometimes it can take years (like seven to be exact) to get the kind of credit changes you want to see. So, to speed things up a bit, it would be wise to hire a professional credit improvement company. They can help work things out with your creditors, lower your payments, get incorrect information off the reports, etc., and all in a fraction of the time. So, it will be money worth spending if it saves you thousands in interest by getting you a better interest rate.
You are going to need to know where you are at now as far as your credit goes, and make sure anything that is reporting badly on your credit currently gets cleaned up, and that things reporting well stay that way. If you can do that, you will be able to repair and improve your credit. It takes baby steps, and it can be a long process, but you have to start somewhere. So, get a credit card with a super low balance, and pay it off each month, work on existing debts, and pay on time!