Living with bad credit is stressful, but if you want to fix your credit report, there are several steps you can take. First, think positively about the solutions to your money problems do not dwell on past failures and current debt. Then take the necessary actions to achieve a healthy credit report.
Here are some tips on how to fix your credit report. First, request a copy of your report from a credit bureau (it’s free) and promptly correct any errors you find in it. You wouldn’t want to be denied that job promotion or that loan application because of a simple inaccuracy in your report! When you discover a mistake, write to the bureau and ask them to fix it. You should examine your report at least once a year.
If there are bad marks on your credit report, due to outstanding debts, then repay those debts immediately. The debts with the highest interest should be your first concern. If you find your money troubles to be too great, then turn to a non-profit credit-counseling organization. A counselor can help you develop a debt-consolidation plan and even be a liaison between you and your creditors, negotiating debt reduction. You may be able to reduce monthly payments by as much as 40%.
Also, limit the number of credit card accounts you have. Only maintain the absolutely necessary ones. If you eventually develop a healthy credit history, you can take on more accounts if you wish, but even those with a high income will find that multiple accounts are a financial burden and end up trapping them in a nightmare of debt. It’s also important to preserve your total accessible credit on these accounts and to be aware of how much credit you have used so far.
On that same note, do not open multiple accounts at the same time that will just set you up for an irresistible cycle of debt. The rule of thumb is: dont open up unnecessary credit accounts. Usually, they will end up costing more than you wouldve originally spent if youd never requested the credit in the first place. Furthermore, dont think that closing an account will fix your problems. This will not fix your credit report. Taking the above steps to repair your credit score is the best course of action, and you can do it.