5 Ways To Improve And Build A Good Credit Score
- Check your credit score report regularly to ensure there are no erroneous entries
- Always make payments on time, whether it’s your loan EMIs or credit card bills
- Don’t make too many credit enquiries from different banks
One of the key things that can help you get a loan or credit easily is a good credit score. This score shows your financial health in terms of indebtedness and how efficiently and responsibly you are able to tackle it. A good credit score can help you negotiate with the lender for lower rates.
On the other hand, a bad credit score can affect your loan-taking capability in the future as lenders will consider you a high-risk borrower. Missed payments, active loan accounts that may have been paid off in the past or having no borrowing history at all are some of the factors that can lead to a bad credit score. Even too many enquiries about credit can affect your credit score.
The good news is that there are ways to improve your credit score to make the road ahead smoother for you.
Here are five things that can help you improve your credit score if you follow a disciplined approach.
Check Your Credit Score
It is important to check your credit score and look into the reasons why it’s low. Sometimes credit information companies make a mistake in recording your repayment behaviour. This could be because of misreporting by the lender or bank with which you are associated due to a technical or other glitch. Contact the credit information company and rectify any errors that you may notice.
If you notice other reasons for a bad credit score such as untimely repayment or making too many credit enquiries, rectify your behaviour and follow a disciplined approach.
Make Your Payments on Time
Making timely payments, whether it’s your equated monthly instalment (EMI) or credit card bill is crucial. Missed payments is one of the primary reasons that affects the credit score. So, the next time your credit card bill comes in, don’t just pay the minimum amount due but try and settle the full amount or at least as much as you can afford. Credit card dues can quickly spiral into huge debt traps if you are not careful.
Maintain Low Debt Utilization Rate
If you use credit cards, ensure you don’t exhaust the credit limit month after month. High utilization of credit is seen as risky behaviour. It goes without saying that you must spend what you can afford, to start with.
Often, one of the reasons for high utilization of the debt limit is revolving credit. Check each of your loan and credit card accounts and pay off as much as possible.
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Be Careful About Loan Enquiries
Sometimes when you are looking for a loan, you end up sending enquiries to multiple lenders. You may be doing so to be able to compare the interest rates and other terms and conditions, but this may not be taken too well by credit information companies who will see you as hungry for credit. If comparison is what you are looking for, you could visit aggregator websites that can show you deals and offers from multiple lenders at one place.
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Build A Credit History
Credit information companies also look at past credit history or repayment and borrowing behaviour in the past to assign a credit score. Often, first-time borrowers face a challenging situation as they may not have taken any loans in the past. One of the ways to build your credit history is to take an asset-backed credit card (for instance, one that is backed by a fixed deposit) and make regular payments for a specific period of time. Once you are able to build an immaculate credit history, it will become easier to borrow the bigger loans.
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