If you are one of the many people who struggle with poor credit, you should know that your situation isn’t hopeless. There are ways to repair your credit and turn your financial situation around. In this article, you will find out a few simple steps that you can follow to get back on the right track.
Limit applications for new credit. Every new application you submit will generate a “hard” inquiry on your credit report. These not only slightly lower your credit score, but also cause lenders to perceive you as a credit risk because you might be trying to open multiple accounts at once. Instead, make informal inquiries about rates and only submit formal applications once you have a short list.
If you have negative items on your credit report, you have the right to challenge them at any time. Even if you don’t think an item is disputable, there is a chance you can have it removed if the credit bureau doesn’t investigate your challenge in a timely manner. For items that are two years old or more, the credit bureau may have trouble finding information to verify its accuracy, in which case they will have to delete it from your report.
Many people don’t realize that moving around a lot can also lower your credit score. Creditors will see you as unreliable and un-rooted if you change your address more than once every couple of years. If you are the type who can’t help but move often, consider getting a P.O. Box or other steady mail location where you can have all your bills and credit cards sent. This will reduce the risk that these companies realize you have moved.
Research all the collection agencies that contact you. Search them online and make sure that they have a physical address and phone number for you to call. Legitimate firms will have contact information readily available. A company that does not have a physical presence is a company to worry about.
Before choosing a credit repair company, research them thoroughly. Credit repair is a business model that is rife with possibilities for fraud. You are usually in an emotional place when you’ve reached the point of having to use a credit repair agency, and unscrupulous agencies prey on this. Research companies online, with references and through the Better Business Bureau before signing anything.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit, is to be sure that you hang onto all of the good standing status for any accounts that you can. This is important, because if it comes down to it, going further in debt on one account is much better than ruining the record of two accounts.
By now you should realize that poor credit doesn’t doom you to a lifetime of financial despair. Many people with bad credit histories have followed the steps listed in this article and repaired their credit. You too can follow their example by taking this advice to heart. Before you know it, you too will be on the road to good credit.
Kent Wells Executive officer experienced with a demonstrated story of more than a decade that works in the industry of Fine Arts developing more than a hundred collections of private and corporate art. Author of two books, contemporary art curator shows nationally and internationally. Creative designer and curator of art-centered experiences.