It is a reality that many people face the difficult task of credit repair. They may have found themselves overextended on their credit cards and have to repair some late payments and some bad decisions when it comes to credit history. Credit repair isn’t as difficult as many people might think. It takes time, but it can be done.
First, you need to obtain a copy of your credit report from either one or all three of the major credit reporting agencies. The “big three” are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. They can be found quite easily on the Internet and will provide you with a copy of your credit report.
The FACT Act that was passed by Congress back in 2001 allows all consumers one free copy of their credit report per year. For this, you will need to go to either www.annualcreditreport.com or www.freecreditreport.com. Sometimes one of the agencies will provide you with the one report for free, but you are best off to go to one of these websites.
However, if you are serious about credit repair, you will really need to obtain copies of all three credit reports. Creditors are not required to report to any of the agencies, and often they will just report to one. Having all three credit reports on hand will help you repair your credit more effectively and thoroughly.
Once you have these reports in hand, go over them “with a fine tooth comb”. Check for any errors such as accounts that have been paid off but are still appearing as delinquent or accounts that you never opened or used in the first place. If you do find errors on your report, it is essential that you contact the credit bureau to make the correction if you want your credit repair efforts to be thorough.
After checking your credit report, the essential part of making repairs to your credit is to change the way you are using credit. That includes making all payments on time and not using credit the way you used to. While it’s true that it’s virtually impossible to go through life today without using credit, you can use it wisely and not end up in trouble down the line.
Making repair to your credit is not a difficult task, but it does take time and patience. Truly what you need to do is simply take steps to evaluate your use of credit and then see where changes can be made. Then not only will your credit be repaired, your credit score will raise as well.