If you've had credit problems in the past and are trying to repair it, there are some items you should or should not do. The following are the main ten credit repair dos and don'ts:
- Don’t Expect Instant Results.
The credit mistakes you've decided to make up to this point did not occur over night. As a result, it's important to realise that repairing your credit will take time.
- Don’t Be Careless About Paying Your Bills.
It is time to be extremely cautious and fully accountable with your credit. The first step would be to pay bills on time.
- Don’t Assume Others Will Do What They Say.
If you have a joint bank account with someone and they say they'll take care of the payment, don't assume they will. This can occur with any joint account, but it is especially likely if you get divorced and decide who pays what. Keep an eye on your accessible accounts to ensure that payments are now being made.
- Don’t Apply for New Credit
Concentrate on repaying your existing debts.
- Don’t Cosign Loans for Others.
If someone approaches you and asks you to cosign a line of credit for them, now is not the time. A loan for which you cosigned remains on your credit report as a portion of your outstanding debt.
- Do You Know How Much You Owe?
Keep track of how much you owe and also how you intend to repay it.
- Borrow with Caution
Borrow only what you need and understand that you can repay it.
- Maintain a credit utilisation rate of less than 30%.
Keep your credit usage as low as possible in order to repair your credit. In most cases, this implies using less than 30% of the available resources.
- Keep an eye on your credit report.
Keep a close eye on one credit report to ensure that it doesn't contain anything that doesn't relate to you or that is trying to report incorrectly.
- Do you pay your bills on time?
Understand your bill due dates and reimburse them before or on those dates.