As most people in the United States, you may have some debt, but do you have bad debt? This type of debt is debt that is not being paid on as it should be. For example, if you have a credit card, a home loan, a car loan or a personal loan and you are behind on it, you have created bad debt. Since most lenders will not provide you with a loan if you have a poor credit score, your debt could be hurting your future opportunities to secure financing for everything from a car, to a credit card or even a home.
For this reason, you should take care of your debts as soon as possible.
One of the key elements of debt is making payments on time and staying below your credit limit. This may seem difficult if you have mounted a large amount of debt, but it does not have to be impossible. The problem here is that it takes time to build back up a credit score that has fallen. It is often a one-step at a time type of event.
Here are some tips to improving your bad debt so that you can start rebuilding your credit for your future.
- Stop using credit until you can safely get all of your credit usages below the credit limit. You need to live on a cash only basis as much as possible for some time. This will help you pay down those debts significantly and therefore boost your credit score over time.
- Make your payments on time. This is one of the largest and most important aspects of credit card repair. For bad credit, working to make on time payments will start the process to boosting your credit score.
- Do not apply for new credit until you can improve your credit score by at least ten percent or more if it is very low. This will keep your inquiries (the list of those who are requesting credit from you) low which in turn boosts your credit.
Once you get your bad debt under control, do not stop using credit. You will need to continue to use credit to build credit. The only way to build a positive credit situation is to use credit wisely. You will need to keep your credit card balances low. Avoid bad debt by making payments on time.
Most importantly, one-step at a time, work to use credit without racking up a large amount of debt. This will help improve your score and get you out of the bad credit hole.