When it comes to repairing your credit score, what are helpful strategies? Let’s take a look at some basics.
Check Your Credit Report
Your score is a reflection of what is on your credit report. If there are errors, mistakes, inaccuracies, misleading, or unverifiable information on your credit report, you have a right to dispute it and potentially have it removed. As the negative items are removed, your credit score will go up. It also rises as positive items are added to your credit report.
Look online for this credit repair help. Through www.annualcreditreport.com, you can get your credit report from each of the three bureaus once a year for free.
The first thing you need to scrutinize is the personal information at the top of the credit report. If there is anything wrong in this section, it must be corrected. It will help you repair your credit score if this information is correct. Once this part is accurate, it becomes much easier to get rid of other things on your report that aren’t yours.
Check items like your name, nicknames, aliases, maiden name, etc. Verify they have the right zip code, and that your state forms of identification (driver’s license, student IDs) are correct. Also verify your spouse’s information – maiden name, previous spouses, nicknames, etc. Check the information about your employers – names, dates, locations, types of terminations. Be sure the information in the personal info section is all accurate.
The next helpful thing to repairing your credit score is to dispute other questionable items on the report. Focus on the most damaging information first. Bankruptcies and foreclosures top the list, followed closely by loans, defaults, court judgments, and collections. Late payments are lower on the list, as are credit rejections and credit inquiries, but they should also be verified as having accurate dates and such.
Keep track of dates – the information can’t stay on your credit report for ever! Check with your situation – various items remain on the credit report for various amounts of time.
Resolve And Dissolve Debts
If you are starting to drown financially, don’t avoid the situation. It will not help repair your credit score if you ignore the impending doom. You need to face it head on and make some adjustments before things get worse. Contact your creditors and arrange to make payments that are manageable for you. It will be just a short term strategy, but it can help repair your credit score to not have late payments being added to your credit report.
Suggest to your creditor that you could settle for a tenth of the amount owed (if debt is $1,000, offer $100). Many companies will be glad to get the $100 and consider the matter closed when they are not sure they will ever get a payment from you. You can threaten to file bankruptcy (meaning they will get nothing) if that’s a viable alternative for you.
Once the creditor has agreed to work with you, before you pay them, ask that they give you a written agreement that they will write the credit bureaus to let them know you are current, paid off, and never late (shoot for the moon, right?). They might be willing – and it will help repair your credit score substantially.