Recent inquiries into steps that consumers can take to bring about a more positive credit rating have also led to the need for consumers to understand what not to do, as well as, what constitutes a step in a positive direction for their credit. Most consumers realize that paying bills on time, and charging and promptly paying off credit cards, as an example, all reflect positively on an individual’s credit history and score, but there are some actions that consumers often overlook which can actually be a step in the wrong direction when it comes to dealing with their poor credit score or simply improving on an already decent credit rating.
Here in June, many consumers are finding more information available regarding their credit card debt and overall debt situation thanks to certain changes like the CARD Act which has given more information to consumers and allows them to better see where they stand in terms of their debt. However, consumers who may have stopped spending beyond what they can repay may still find themselves in a position where damage is done to their credit score due to missed payments or if a consumer is simply looking at how they can avoid further drops in their credit score, there are steps that can be taken along with rebuilding a credit score that will help consumers avoid the likelihood that they could either delay or see setbacks in the process of improving their financial health.
Paying down debt is usually one of the primary goals consumers should set as having various lines of credit open can be beneficial, but if the overall debt a consumer has is quite high in comparison to the overall credit they have available, this can reflect negatively on an individual’s credit score. Ideally, men and women who have a great deal of credit available in their life will want to make sure that they avoid excessive amounts of debt and keep their credit utilization ratio low so that missed payments or other problems which could arise are more easily able to be avoided.
Also, some consumers may have paid off various credit cards but have either closed their accounts or do not use their credit card, and this can be a hindrance to the bad credit repair process as well. Currently, consumers who are facing multiple credit card debts and attempting to erase what they owe often make the mistake of closing out a credit card after they have paid it off, but this may be a wrong decision as it will lower the overall amount of credit they have and thus lead to a situation where a consumer’s debt is much higher in relation to their available credit, or when a consumer does not use a credit card for long stretches of time this too can be a step in the wrong direction.
Consumers can pay off multiple credit cards and keep these lines of credit open, but make small and affordable payments every so often on these cards, particularly those which have a long credit history. While opening numerous credit card accounts will be problematic since multiple inquiries into a consumer’s credit history can do some damage to their score as well, cardholders must understand that while bad credit repair is not impossible there are intricacies which must be understood so that those who are in a position to repair their credit will continually move forward and not hurt themselves by making mistakes such as keeping high levels of debt, closing out credit cards, or opening multiple lines of credit simply for the sake of having a higher credit utilization ratio.