How to improve your credit rating
If you have adverse or bad credit, it can be a very worrying time. Especially if you want to take out a new mortgage or renew your existing one.
In this guide, we hope to help show you how to improve your credit rating. If we can help with your journey to getting a mortgage, please get in touch.
Why is a credit rating important?
All lenders want to see that you have a good credit score to help decide whether to:
- Lend you money
- How much to lend you and sometimes,
- How much interest to charge
If you have a good credit score, then you’ll stand a better chance of getting the mortgage deal you want. Ultimately you will be able to borrow the maximum amount to help you buy the house that you want.
Step 1 Check your credit score
Your first step to improving your credit rating us understanding the current situation. Knowledge is key!
So start by checking your credit score. There are various companies who can give you your credit score. They will provide a thorough report of all your credit accounts. It will include outstanding loans and any missed or late payments over the last six years. As well as any other people who are financially linked to you. Sometimes the reports do contain inaccurate information, if this is the case, you can get this put right before applying for a mortgage.
If you want any help of guidance on how to check your credit score, feel free to get in touch.
Step 2 Show an account history
Start by proving you have a good history when it comes to managing your finances. Having a history of bank accounts will give your mortgage adviser a decent history of your credit to look back through.
Step 3 Declare your address
Lenders will need to see proof of your name and address in order to trust you are who you say you are. Register on the electoral roll and make sure all of your bills and credit commitments are registered to your current address. This way, everything is easy to trace back to you and confirms your identity.
Step 4 Use a credit card responsibly
Always try to retain a good amount of available credit. Available credit is the difference between what your outstanding balance is and your total credit limit. If your available credit is low, this would indicate that you’re struggling to keep tabs on your finances. Also, never withdraw cash from your credit card. This will go against your credit score as it looks like you’re having to make the withdrawal because you have no money left in your own bank account, even if this isn’t the case.
Step 5 Don’t miss repayments
This may sound like an obvious one but missing payments will have am detrimental affect on your credit score. Despite your hard efforts to do everything else, missing repayments shows that you are incapable of managing your finances and paying your bills on time – which isn’t great if you’re trying to get a mortgage.
Step 6 If you have bad credit, stop applying for more credit
If you know for a fact that you have bad credit – having multiple credit searches carried out in a short space of time can go against you. It’s advisable that in the meantime, you don’t apply for anymore credit and concentrate in clearing your existing debt instead.
Step 7 Don’t keep unused cards
Holding on to credit cards you no longer can be misleading as to how much available credit you have. So make sure you cancel any accounts you don’t use and cut up the card before throwing it away.
If there’s anything you’ve read in this Guide to how can I improve my credit rating that you’d like explaining in a little more detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
A MORTGAGE IS A LOAN SECURED AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.
YOU MAY NEED TO PAY AN EARLY REPAYMENT CHARGE TO YOUR EXISTING LENDER IF YOU REMORTGAGE.
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