The following article will provide some tips for individuals looking to repair their credit by providing individuals with a way to assess what their current options are based on their own situations. Credit improvement is not an instantaneous process regardless of what approach is taken and therefore, a realistic assessment of where an individual currently is financially can provide a great way to sift through possible approaches to credit improvement and avoid wasting time on those that are not applicable to a particular situation.
Research the fine points of disputing items on your credit report. It can be done, but the process is not easy. Make sure to track and follow up regularly with all reported disputes. If you stop checking on them, they will stop working on them as well. It’s your credit, so make sure it’s correct!
Keep your first account open. Whatever credit account you have had open the longest, is the best one to keep on your report. Don’t close this account because the limit is too low or the rate is too high. Try to get a higher credit limit, or ask for a lower interest rate, but even if they won’t give that to you, keep the card and keep using it. The longer track record you have with an account, the more it will affect your score in a positive way.
If you have several credit cards to pay off, start by paying off the one with the lowest amount. This means you can get it paid off quicker before the interest rate goes up. You also have to stop charging all your credit cards so that you can pay off the next smallest credit card, once you are done with the first one.
Make sure to borrow no more than 30% of the credit available to you. Your credit score will start to suffer if you have any higher credit utilization than that. Make sure to use your cards, though, because using none of your available credit hurts your score as well.
If you must use a credit card, protect your credit and manage your finances better by paying it off in full each month. If you pay it off each month, you will generally not earn interest on your purchases, so you pay only what the item actually cost at the store. Also, carrying over balances may raise your APR, meaning you pay even more in interest over time.
If you have credit cards, make sure you’re paying off the entire balance at the end of the month. This will help keep you from getting into a spiral of debt. If you let your credit card bills start piling up, it becomes nearly impossible to pay them all off.
The above article illustrated the importance of knowing where an individual is now in terms of financial health in order to determine the best options for credit score repair available to an individual at a given point in time. By using the above tips to assess an individual’s current financial situation, individuals can save themselves time and often money by avoiding options that would not work for them at a particular point in time.