How do I fix a bad credit report? Most people have asked themselves this question at one time or another. It is a common question. Most people don’t realize they have any bad marks on their credit report until they are either denied credit or are offered a interest rate higher than expected.
There are a couple of things you can do to fix a bad credit report. First you need to get you a copy of your credit report from all three credit bureaus. It is possible that some items are reported at one bureau and not the others. Verify that all your personal information is correct. Make sure the name, address, social securit number, and all your personal information pertains to you. You also need to makes sure all credit entries belong to you. If you recently divorced make sure your spouses information isn’t showing up on your report. If you find any errors or inaccurate information you need to contact the credit bureau involved to dispute the items in question.
Keep in mind the credit bureaus have 30 days to investigate and report back with their findings. They must remove any items that are incorrect or that they cannot verify.
The key to keeping a good credit report is paying on time. Communicating with lenders when you can’t pay on time. Most lenders are more than happy to work out payment plans if you fall behind. The important thing is to let them know you are trying.
It is a good idea to keep track of what is on your credit report so you know the information is correct. A good payment history will insure that your report stays current. I would suggest checking your report at least every six months.
Beware of companies that say they can fix your report overnight. In most cases credit repair takes anywhere from 1 to several months. In extreme cases it could take longer. There are legitimate companies that can help you remove negative items that adversely affect your credit rating. Make sure you check out any company you plan to use.
Anyone can correct errors found on their credit report. Some find it easier to hire someone to do this because it can be confusing and time consuming. There are many law firms that handle credit repair. Check with the Better Business Bureau and make sure they have a good track record.
Make sure your report is accurate the next time you go to apply for credit. How do I fix a bad credit report? That is one question you don’t want to ask the next time you apply for credit.
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