How to Fix Bad Credit When You Don’t Know What the Bad Credit Is
When was the last time you looked, and I mean really looked, at your credit report? Do you even know what it says, or how to accurately read and decipher it? Far too often people end up with bad credit over mistakes and silly things – things that should be easy to fix. Not knowing what your report says won’t help you fix bad credit – you have to start at the source.
The issue with credit and knowing how to fix bad credit is that most people don’t realize the variety of items which are reported, and that items are based on actions as well as amounts. Having a lot of debt is not the only thing that will lead to bad credit.
For example, if a bad debt, no matter how small, has gone to collections, this will be reported to your report. A collection item for $200 will have the same impact to credit as a collection item for $2000. In the end, it is the action that is negative, not necessarily the amount.
Balances are also a trigger for bad credit. Even if you pay on time, every month, having a card close to its limit can lead to a drop in your score. And again, the amount doesn’t matter. A credit card with a balance too close to the credit limit is the same whether it has a $200 limit or a $2000 limit, and a credit card with a late payment is a late payment whether $10 or $1000.
When you go to the bank for credit and they say no, but can’t tell you why, they’ll likely tell you to contact Equifax or TransUnion – some banks use both, while some only use one or the other, so make sure you get your full Canadian credit report. Once you receive it, work through it, line by line, to determine how you got to where you are credit wise.
What if you receive that credit report and see that mistakes are what caused your negative standing? You need a plan to address any issues. These will not fix themselves – you will need to do something if you want them removed. Any issues addressed should be documented and any payments or letters sent should be sent by registered mail or courier.
Once issues are addressed, a resolution has to be initiated with the credit reporting agency – this process too is official and should include corresponding with the agency by registered mail or courier. Don’t leave anything to chance.
Mistakes on a credit report are one of the most frustrating problems because these large companies have huge bureaucratic processes that can be hard for the average person to navigate.
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