Can I Improve my Credit Score?

It is worth thinking about whether there are things that you can do to improve your credit score. If you are hoping to borrow, perhaps get a mortgage or to rent a house, then you will need a decent credit score to be able to do this. It is a good idea to make sure that you do everything that you can to make it as good as possible so that you can achieve this. You may also want to improve for other reasons as well. It is worth noting

Make Sure Details are Correct

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that all of the information that is on your credit report is correct. There are sometimes mistakes, perhaps if it says that something has not been fully repaid and it has been or things like that so it is well worth checking. You do not want to be penalised for something that is not true. If there is a mistake then you will need to contact the lender or the company involved and ask them if it can be changed. They should do this for you and then notify the credit report companies so they change it for you.

Make all Payments on Time

It is important to make sure that you pay everything on time. Not just your loan repayments but also your rent and you utility bills, contracts and any other regular commitments that you have. You want to make sure that anyone looking at your score can see that you can be trusted to make regular payments, then this is really important. They will be able to see if you miss one. Make sure that you put processes in place to make it easier to make sure that you find it easier to make those repayments. Setting up direct debits can be a good way to do this and then you know that the money will be paid even if you do not remember it. Also setting them up to be paid just after you are paid will make a big difference too as you are more likely to have the money to be able to afford to pay them.

Pay off Loans

It can look better if you do not have too many outstanding debts. A potential lender or landlord, will want to see that you are likely to be able to make the payments that they require. If you have less commitments, then you are more likely to have the money to be able to do this and so you will be looked upon more favourably. So if you have any smaller loans, perhaps a little overdraft that seem to keep coming back, you have some outstanding credit card debt or something like that, try to commit to repaying it and keeping is paid off.

Get a Permanent Income

Income is very important too and if you are self-employed or in temporary work, then this can mean that you will not be so likely to be trusted. It will be felt that you may not have a constant income and therefore may not be able to pay rent or loan repayments and this could mean that you will not be able to manage other regular payments. Even if you are managing at the moment, it could be something that will put people off.

There are other things that you can try as well, but they are a good place to start. It is worth noting though, that different people will be looking for different things and so it is not easy to know exactly what to do to improve your credit score. It is not something that is standardised but different companies will have different ways to judge you.

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