At some time or another we find ourselves with the inability to pay our bills. If one thing in life is certain it is that the bill man, and the debt collector have no mercy. The unfortunate result is bad credit. However, bad credit can be repaired if you are willing to work at it. Read more for valuable tips to repair your credit.
Examine your credit report and make sure it is correct. Credit reporting agencies are notorious for their inaccurate data collection. There may be errors if there are a lot of legitimate derogatory marks on your credit. If you find errors, use the FCRA challenge process to get them removed from your report.
Do not be taken in by for-profit companies that guarantee to repair your credit for you for a fee. These businesses have no more ability to repair your credit score than you do on your own; the solution usually ends up being that you need to responsibly pay off your debts and let your credit rating rise slowly over time.
Keep your credit card balances low. having a high credit limit on your card can seem like you’ve won the lottery, but using that entire limit will lower your score. Try to keep balances at a 50% maximum. 30% is more of a prime target. By doing this you are showing that you can handle your credit well, and that you don’t need every dollar that has been extended to you.
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.
If you file bankruptcy, ignore the calls you receive afterwards from credit repair firms. A bankruptcy is a public record and many scams are run by companies preying on your weakness after having to file a bankruptcy. Avoid this issue by only working with companies that you make the initial contact with.
Paying your monthly bills in a timely fashion is a basic step towards fixing your credit problems. Letting bills go unpaid exposes you to late fees, penalties and can hurt your credit. If you lack the funds to pay all your monthly bills, contact the companies you owe and explain the situation. Offer to pay what you can. Paying some is much better than not paying at all.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is the fact that any credit repair agency contract can be voided within three days of signing. This is important to know in case it is found out that the company is not legit or if you find other means of paying off your debt.
The best way to get back at the debt collectors who were so adamant about going after you is to show them you can and will pay your bills. Not only can you stick it to them, but you will feel proud and happy for yourself when you get your credit straight. This article hopefully provided the tools to do as such.