Tips on How to Improve Your Credit Score

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Before issuing out any loans, most financial institutions would check to determine the credit score of the applicants. This score indicates the applicant’s performance on previous loans and credit situations and financial institutions use it to gauge the applicant’s ability to repay loans. A good score increases your likelihood of securing a loan and this makes keeping your credit score as high as possible very important. A good credit score makes you less risky as an applicant and this makes you attractive to lenders. You can, therefore, access more credit at very good rates. Those with poor credit scores are not able to enjoy all these opportunities and here are a few tips on how to improve your credit score.

  1. Routinely review your credit report.

Checking your credit report regularly is very important in your quest to improve your credit score. Your credit report carries all the information that is used to calculate and determine your credit score and sometimes the information contained in the credit report are not correct. False information on your report will negatively affect your credit score and this makes regular review very important so as find these irregularities and get them removed from your record. Check your report carefully to ensure that you don’t have any late payments or delays incorrectly listed on any of your accounts. You should also check to ensure that the loan amounts listed against your loan accounts are correct and up to date. If you find any errors on your report, get them resolved by the relevant authorities without delay.

  1. Pay your debt on time.

Proper and timely payment of credit is one of the major determinants of your credit score. If you have any short-term business loans, you should strive to pay the monthly payments on time so as to avoid ruining your credit score. To avoid running late on your payments, you should set up payment reminders that will prompt when your payment is due. You can also organize with your lender to have them send you payment reminders either through text or email. If for any reason you feel that you will not be able to make payments as per the repayment plan, talk to your lender and ask for more time. Most lenders will accept such a request as long as you clear your balance within the time allocated.

  1. Reduce your debts.

You are at risk of defaulting on your loans if you take a lot of credit and this could give you a poor credit score. The first step in repairing your credit rating should, therefore, be to reduce the loan amounts you owe. Develop a list of all your loan accounts and come up with a plan of how you will pay them. Stay away from credit card at this time so as to avoid getting into further debt.

Conclusion.

A good credit rating opens up a lot of financial opportunities to individuals and businesses entities. People and businesses should, therefore, strive to maintain a good credit rating and the above-mentioned tips are helpful in this regard.

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.