Somehow over the course of time you discover that you have a poor credit score. Maybe you got busy with your job, maybe there were some major family emergencies, maybe you got caught up with being out of town, the reasons this can happen are numerous. But a bad credit score does not happen overnight, and it will not get resolved overnight either. The key point to note is that you need to start NOW, because every day that you delay taking positive action towards getting your credit score delayed is yet another day that these negative reflections of you appear on the records of the credit bureaus.
What if you don’t do anything about managing your credit score? Is it really going to hurt you? The very honest answer is a resounding YES. If you change jobs or go to interview for a new job, many employers are now running a credit check on potential new employees before extending a job offer to them, and if your credit report is poor, there is a great chance that that job offer will not be offered to you. What about that car loan for your next new car, or even a used car? With a poor credit score, your interest rate will be much higher than it needs to be. As for a mortgage, if you have a poor credit score, you might want to stake out land under the park bench, because you will have an extremely hard time getting approved for a mortgage.
In other words, having a bad credit score and not doing anything about it is going to cost you money in the long run. And that is money that you don’t need to pay, if you take steps today to improve your credit score.
The first thing you need to do is get a copy of your credit report and start going over it thoroughly and in detail. If there is something on there that you don’t understand, it is your right to call the credit bureau and ask for clarification. The reason this is the first place to start is because it is a known fact that the MAJORITY of credit reports on consumers have errors. Those errors do not get fixed automatically, but ONLY if you dispute the information and it cannot be proven.
Another thing you need to do is make sure, absolutely sure that you pay your existing bills on time. Some studies show that you get additional credit if you pay more than just the minimum amount due, but in any event, make sure you pay it on time. If you are mailing a payment, mail it at least a week before the due date to ensure that it gets posted to your account on or before the actual due date.
This is a starting point but there are many other things you can do to improve a bad credit score. It is clearly in your best interests to take the necessary steps to improve your credit score as quickly as possible. It does not happen fast but you need to start taking the actions that will eventually get your credit score raised. Jon is a computer engineer who maintains web sites on a variety of topics based on his knowledge and experience. You can read more about Improving Your Credit Score at his web site at Improving Your Credit Score.