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.
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.
As hard as it may be, use manners with debt collectors because having them on your side as you rebuild your credit will make a world of difference. We all know that catching flies works better with honey than vinegar and being polite or even friendly with creditors will pave the way to working with them later. Unless you are filing for bankruptcy and absolving these bills, you will need to have a good relationship with everyone involved in your finances.
When working to repair your credit it is important to make sure everything is reported accurately. Remember that you are entitled to one free credit report per year from all three reporting agencies or for a small fee have it provided more than once a year.
No matter where it comes from, you must research any and all credit repair advice before putting it into practice. Between the misinformation available and the outright con-men preying on people with troubled credit, many suggestions you get may be impractical or flat-out illegal. Starting a new credit history, for example, is against the law.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to consult with friends and family who have gone through the same thing. Different people learn in different ways, but normally if you get advice from somebody you can trust and relate to, it will be fruitful.
If you are transferring large balances from one card to another – to avoid hurting your credit score and avoid interest charges – be sure to close each previous card as you pay it off. Having numerous open lines of credit will hurt your score and negate any benefit you might receive from transferring the balances.
If you are trying to repair your credit, and work out a payment plan with a creditor for lowered payments, be sure to get that payment arrangement in writing. If you are promised one thing by a specific collections agent, there is no guarantee the company will honor that arrangement without a written notice.
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.