When you start building credit, not everything may go smoothly. There can be bumps and bruises in the road. This can happen with your credit and things happen sometimes when you are first starting to build credit. You may miss a bill which is supposed to be paid or there may be an eviction because you have partied too much. Any number of events can cause negative consequences to your credit report. This article is going to explain how you can work at rebuilding bad credit and what this will mean to you in the long run.
Bad credit can be cleaned up and it is not an indication of where you need to stay with your credit. To fix your credit, you need to have a clear focus and be willing to take action. Take time to first order a copy of your credit report. If you go to the website annualcreditreport.com, there are instructions on how to order a copy of this. It is important to do this to see where your credit is at and if there is incorrect information. Incorrect information which has a negative impact, when properly removed, will cause your score to go up without you having to do much else other than dispute the charge.
The second step in fixing your student credit and dealing with the bad is to start building new credit. You will want to establish a new and positive payment history so that good information can replace the bad information. When credit scoring is done, more emphasis is placed on the newest information, especially your payment history in the past year. Making on-time payment will have a huge impact on building your credit score back up.
If your credit is really bad, you may have trouble finding ways to rebuild your credit. If you search online for a “bad credit credit card” you will find many different options which are available to you. You can also look at a secured credit card. This card requires a down payment usually of around $250 and whatever you use as a down payment is what the limit of the card will be. If you do not feel comfortable using a credit card because that is what got you in trouble, think about a loan.
There are some secured loans such as a credit helper loan that some banks do offer. The basic gist of this loan is that the bank will loan you a thousand dollars, put the money into a certificate of deposit or a savings account, and not allow you to have access to the money until you pay the loan off. This will allow you to make monthly payments and build your credit history while allowing you to save money since that thousand dollars will be yours at the end of the term of the loan.
Finally, think about what you will do differently this time. Taking these steps will allow you to build new credit but maintaining good credit requires new habits. Taking the time to budget properly and maybe not use credit cards as much could be an answer. Simply breaking away from old habits will be key for you though. Good luck in this endeavor.