Your credit history is very significant. It is something that you should never take sitting down. It matters a lot when you are applying for a job or a loan or insurance or even a cell phone plan.
There are two reasons you can have a bad credit. First, someone might have stolen your identity to create a bogus account or some people’s information have been mixed up with yours. In this case, it is not at all your fault that your credit score hits low. But you will be affected nevertheless. Second, you are not being financially responsible. That’s entirely your fault but the good news is, you have all the power to turn the situation around. In both cases, that is.
Fixing your Credit Score
If there is a bogus account that has been created under your name or if someone else’s identity has been mixed up with yours, the first thing that you need to do is to check to find out.
Check your credit score and see what the lenders are saying about you. Check what is written in your credit report to ensure that it is factual. If it misleading or is not as accurate, you must take steps to correct it. Get in touch with the Federal Trade Commission and see what you can do to correct the problem and clean up your credit report.
If your credit history is in bad state because you are living with debt, here are quick notes on how you can recover:
* Check your credit report. See what makes it bad. Report any error that you may find.
* After cleaning up, it is time to pay your obligations, your outstanding debts to boost your credit score. In paying debts, you must start off with those that have charge very high interest rates.
* Cut up your credit cards and accounts. If you need to, sell some of your assets in order to pay your debts. Never make the mistake of coming to an office that offers credit repairs or fast loans. That might only bury you deeper into a quicksand of debt.
* After repaying your current debts, open a new bank account. A checking or savings account will boost your credit score amazingly. But you may also open a new credit account to help. Just make sure that you will no longer live beyond your credit limit.
* Start paying your bills, your financial obligations promptly. That is the best way to manage and maintain a good credit report.