If you haven’t taken the time lately to check your credit report for errors, you may be missing out on a lot of negligent information that can hold you back financially. Take the time to get a copy of your report and be sure to use this article to show you how to clean it up.
Do not fall prey to the seven or ten year bad credit “monster” so many creditors put forth. You can positively impact your history through diligence and effort. These time frames are by no means a set standard on how long negative reports affect your standing. Many times these are used as a scare tactic to keep you from being proactive in your efforts.
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.
To build up a good credit score, keep your oldest credit card active. Having a payment history that goes back a few years will definitely improve your score. Work with this institution to establish a good interest rate. Apply for new cards if you need to, but make sure you keep using your oldest card.
Pay down credit card debt. Most people carry a debt on their credit cards, usually at an exorbitant interest rate. By paying the minimum amount each month, you will only be making a small dent on the balance. If you have any excess cash, you should start trying to pay off the credit card that has the highest interest rate. Once you have paid off that debt, focus on your other cards in the same manner. Always pay down the debt of the card with the highest interest rate, first.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to be sure that you only buy items that you NEED. This is extremely important because it is very easy to buy items that either make us feel comfortable or better about ourselves. Re-evaluate your situation and ask yourself before every purchase if it will help you reach your goal.
When working to repair your credit, it’s important to consider the different ranges that different reporting agencies use. This is important to know, so that you know the meaning of your own score. The main scores used are FICO: 300 – 850, Experian: 330 – 830, Equifax: 300 – 850, and TransUnion: 300 – 850.
Having a clean credit report will help you in so many ways. Your credit can help you get a better job, better house, and obtain loans for things you want and need, like a car to drive and even a cell phone contract. Get started on cleaning up your credit, by following the ideas suggested here.