There are plenty of TV spots and magazine ads that all promise to help you get out of debt, but these services cost a lot of money with no actual guarantee that they even work. So instead of wasting your time and money on a hope and a prayer, use the information in this article when you need to repair your credit score.
Remember that even asking for credit has a negative impact on your FICO score. One or two inquiries are not that big of a deal, but keep in mind that these inquiries stay on your credit for 2 years and they will add up. Don’t apply for cards or loans just to see if you’d get approved.
Try to negotiate “pay for delete” deals with creditors. Some creditors will delete derogatory marks from your credit report in exchange for payment in full or occasionally even less than the full balance. Many creditors will refuse to do this, however. In that case, the next best outcome is a settlement for significantly less than the balance. Creditors are much more willing to settle for less if they don’t have to delete the derogatory mark.
If you are trying to improve your credit history and repair issues, stop using the credit cards that you currently have. By adding monthly payments to credit cards into the mix you increase the amount of maintenance you must do on a monthly basis. Every account you can keep from paying adds to the amount of capital that may be applied to repair efforts.
Non can promise to clean your credit report. Anyone who says this is scamming you and should not be trusted. If the items listed on your report are true and valid, then no one can take them off or make them disappear faster. They will be there permanently.
Pay your bills on time. It is the cardinal rule of good credit, and credit repair. The majority of your score and your credit is based off of how you pay your obligations. If they are paid on time, every time, then you will have no where to go but up.
Nothing will repair your credit other than time. If you have late payments, defaults or even bankruptcy, your score will go down. There is no way to remove these once they have been reported. Only time and good behavior will eventually make them less and less of a determining factor in your score and the credit that you receive.
Make sure you receive a physical contract from all credit collection agencies. The agreement should spell out exactly how much you owe, the payment arrangements, and if they are charging any additional fees. Be very wary if the company is hesitant to provide you a contract. There are unscrupulous firms out there who will take your money without actually closing your account.
Repairing your credit is like learning to walk; you need to take things one step at a time. The most important step, of course, is that first step. So now that you’ve been armed with the information, you need to put one foot in front of the other and work toward lowering your credit score.