According to the latest on Credit.com, while the average US credit score is a healthy 693, over 61 million Americans struggle with subprime credit scores, also known as bad credit.
Are you one of them? Chances are very good that either you or someone you know is in the subprime credit abyss. Climbing out is not an easy task, but it isn’t impossible.
Here’s a few tips below that can make the long slog back to the land of good credit a little easier to endure. Not sure it’s worth the trouble? According to Bankrate.com, the average lender may offer better rates to customers who have a credit score of over 700.
If your credit score falls short of that number by even a few points, that could cost you thousands of extra dollars in interest on a big-ticket purchase.
Start With Your Score
For starters, get an idea of where you are on the spectrum by checking your credit score; if it’s above 760, you don’t need to worry about improving it, you are already where most people want to be! However, a credit score lower than 700 is undoubtedly worth the effort you might have to spend improving it.
Thanks to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, the big three credit bureaus are required by law to give you one free annual credit report with your score, no strings attached! Don’t believe it? Check it out here for yourself: http://www.equifax.com/CreditReportAssistance/
Try Something New
Once you have your score in hand, you can start to experiment with various credit building strategies (e.g. paying down account balances) using a credit score simulator on the internet. Another thing you can start out with is to identify potential errors on your credit report, such as “late” payments that were not actually paid late, but were paid when due. This happens more often than you might think.
Often you can call the lender and get it cleared from your report. Going forward, it’s also important to pay down balances on your credit cards, because paying debts early and keeping balances low can improve your credit score quite a bit in just a month or two. You can help keep your balances low by spreading out your charges between credit cards, especially if one of them is getting close to being maxed out.
You might also want to set up payment reminders to keep you aware of when payments are due, or even automatic payments. Of course, an even better (ideal) plan is to just pay most (or all) of your charges ahead of time, if you can afford to do that (Bankrate, myFICO).
However, one thing that is not advisable is to close an unused account just to try to improve your credit score; you will have less total available credit if you do so, and that could make it appear as if you are closer to having your accounts maxed out, which could actually hurt your score instead of helping it (Bankrate).
A Last Resort – Credit Re-Scoring
There is a final, last resort method to consider if you’re in need of a very quick credit score boost, and that is rapid re-scoring. The score boosting strategies we’ve covered so far are relatively quick, taking only a month or so to give positive results, but rapid re-scoring is much quicker; in fact, rapid re-scoring can lead to positive results within 72 hours (Bankrate).
This makes it a good option if you’re needing a mortgage and you have a lender that is a customer of a rapid re-scoring service; the process will typically cost you $50 and involves rectifying any unpaid balances or outstanding errors on a given account (other negative data that may be on your report, such as late payments, is unaffected by rapid re-scoring).
Get Back On Track
There are numerous roads to take to get your credit score out of the gutter and back in the 700s. However, there is no magic bullet that will fix it all. The important thing is to be consistent, pay off your bills on time, and be patient; you should gradually see improvements in your credit score within a few months, and be back on the road to low rates and no debt in no time at all!
- Curry, Pat. “Tips for boosting your credit score.” Bankrate. Web. 13 August 2013.
License: Image author owned
Written by David Leiter (with article contributions by Dan Sem) works on a marketing team as a freelance writer for Billy Bob’s Repair and other oil field and housing-related companies.
Why Is Quantity Surveying Essential in Construction Industry
Quantity surveying is an essential part of the Australian construction industry. It is the process of calculating and estimating the...
How to Maintain Upholstered Furniture
No matter if you have pets or kids, maintaining your upholstered furniture is quite a challenge. Even though vacuuming it...
How Do I Find a Good Bubble.io Developer?
Finding a good bubble developer to help build your app or digital product can seem challenging. How can you choose...
When is a right time for home repairs?
Summer is a popular time for a renovation around the globe. While it is true that bright days and warm...
Top 15 Alteryx Competitors
The world has seen a tremendous rise in startups and new incorporations in the business world. Companies have great potential...
Latest Wedding Trends for 2023
If you’re planning on getting married this year, chances are you’re probably overwhelmed and confused when it comes to wedding...
Tips To Make The Most Of Your City Break In London!
London is one of the best cities in the world, known for its quintessentially British culture, great nightlife, fantastic museums...
The Ultimate Guide To Packing For A Trip To London
London is one of the best cities in the world, known for it’s rich history, quintessentially British culture, the best...
Top 15 Web Development IDEs
The web development field has seen sustainable growth throughout the years. As technology is advancing, so is the web development...
12 Key DevOps Programming Languages to Still Popular in 2022
“DevOps is not a goal, but a never-ending process of continual improvement.” – Jez Humble Delivering the finest of services...
Festival Fashion Style Tips For 2022
Summer is well and truly here and with that comes the festival season! From the biggest stars performing on stage...
4 Tips For Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable
Everyone is trying to make more of an effort to make their wardrobe more sustainable, but often are unsure where...
7 tips on how to organize a budget-friendly move
If you are planning a move any time soon, you might be worried about all the expenses that wait for...
Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Roof
Choosing the right type of material for your roof is enough of a hassle already that the question of choosing...
Simple Ways To Feel More Confident At The Gym
If you are new to the gym, or you haven’t been in a while, sometimes you might not feel completely...
Tech7 years ago
Creating An e-Commerce Website
Tech7 years ago
Design Template Guidelines For Mobile Apps
Business7 years ago
The Key Types Of Brochure Printing Services
Business3 years ago
What Is AdsSupply? A Comprehensive Review
Travel10 years ago
Who Else Wants Also Nfl Hat
General7 years ago
Kobe Bryant With His Unique Nba Jerseys
Tech8 years ago
Why Small Businesses Can't Ignore Mobile Technology
Tech7 years ago
Climb Google Using These Checklists