How can a bad Credit Rating affect my life?
By AdFeatures | Tuesday, August 07, 2012, 14:03
If you have bad credit, credit card applications as well as numerous other applications can be complex. From mobile phone contracts to applying for the mortgage on any home, to combining finances with a partner, your credit rating will have some effect on the way in which you approach various situations. This article will deal with some of the ways in which a bad credit rating affects your life and some of the ways to mitigate unnecessary problems that may arise.
Ensuring the Safety Of Your Accounts
Making sure that your accounts are secure against fraud and criminal manipulation is of vital importance to protecting your credit rating. Though many banks provide inbuilt security mechanisms to care for your finances, it is also of the utmost importance that you remain vigilant over your accounts.
Keeping records, bank statements and invoices in a safe, well-organised space while also taking precautions, such as never faxing or transferring account details over the phone, will ensure that your credit rating is not damaged by those with criminal intent.
Keep Personal Details Clear Of Errors
Having debts registered to an incorrect name or address may damage your credit rating and also prevents you from gaining a clear picture of where you stand in relation to your finances. Many of the causes of poor credit ratings can be attributed to simple inconsistencies or mistakes in personal information that can mean the difference between a good and a poor rating.
Similarly, if you had previously been in the situation whereby you shared finances with someone with a poor credit rating, this may also have affected your rating. If you are no longer involved in any joint finance arrangements, make sure that you notify the debt agencies of the termination of the agreements in writing.
Look To Alternative Credit Cards
Reducing the amount of necessary credit available to you will look much more attractive to potential lenders when they assess your credit card application. Even though you may not be using the entire amount of credit that you are entitled to, lenders may be worried by your ability to borrow large amounts.
This may mean cutting back on the amount of credit cards you use or closing dormant bank accounts.
Though bankruptcy may look like an attractive prospect in incredibly dire financial situations, it does leave a record on your credit report for seven or more years. However appealing it may seem, those that have been declared bankrupt find it incredibly difficult to borrow in the future.
Make Timely Payments
Making sure that you pay off account balances, utility bills and credit card bills on time and without warning from your creditor will ensure that your credit rating does not take any unnecessary damage. Any suggestion that you may have a history of non-payment or an inability to make payments on time will severely hamper attempts to improve your credit rating in the future.