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 repair 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 repair and avoid wasting time on those that are not applicable to a particular situation.
If you repair your credit score, you will end up paying less in security deposits. Landlords and utility companies alike charge more in security deposits for customers with a lower credit score, since those customers are considered to be a higher risk for default. Of course you get it back later, but there’s no reason to force yourself to pay it out at all.
Ask a someone close to you if they can make you an authorized user to one of their accounts. Make sure it’s an account with a low balance compared to its limit, a perfect history of payments and it should have been open for at least a few years. As an authorized user, the history of this card will become part of your credit history.
When you inspect your credit report for errors, you will want to check for accounts that you have closed being listed as open, late payments that were actually on time, or any other myriad of things that can be wrong. If you find an error, write a letter to the credit bureau and include any proof that you have such as receipts or letters from the creditor.
Pay attention to the dates of last activity on your report. Disreputable collection agencies will try to restart the last activity date from when they purchased your debt. This is not a legal practice, however if you don’t notice it, they can get away with it. Report items like this to the credit reporting agency and have it corrected.
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.
In order to best manage your finances and your credit score, you should never max out a credit card. The best thing to do is to never charge more than thirty percent of your credit limit. Having a high percentage of your available revolving credit being used will reduce your credit score. Also, high balances take longer to pay off and accumulate more interest.
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 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.