What is a Bad Credit History?
A bad credit history can sometimes seem like a curse... whenever you apply for financing or for a loan, it always seems to pop up and cause you problems.
Having a bad credit history can even cause you problems when applying for some jobs or other opportunities! Before you let it get under your skin, though, you should know that it is possible to live with (and even improve) a bad credit history.
Of course, the first step to getting past your credit and getting on with the rest of your life is understanding exactly what your credit history is and what it means.
Understanding your credit history
Fundamentally, a bad credit history is exactly what it sounds like... a report that states that in the past, you've had problems with your credit.
Perhaps it's a result of several late payments in a short period of time, or a debt that you were unable to repay.
Regardless of the reason, your bad credit history is an indication to any potential lenders that there may be a risk in lending money or extending a credit line to you.
It doesn't in any way indicate that you're a bad person? just that you've had problems with money before. And if financial problems are what caused your bad credit history, then working to correct your financial problems is the first step in repairing your credit.
Repairing your credit history
Since money is at the heart of your bad credit history, then money is also the best way to get rid of it. It will take some time and may require some careful budgeting, but it is possible to turn your bad credit history around on your own.
The first thing that you'll need to do to correct your credit is get a copy of your credit report, which will show you which lenders have made negative reports concerning you.
These reports are what keeps your credit score low, and taking care of them will be a major step toward fixing it.
Contact the lenders and creditors that have made negative reports, offering to arrange some method of repayment. Some creditors will allow you to repay only a portion of what you owe, others require the entire debt plus interest and fees? but all of them will be more than happy to try to work out a plan to get their money back.
While working on clearing old debts, you should also make sure to keep your current accounts up-to-date; the more positive reports you can get in the present the better. As the older debts are repaid, the newer accounts will have more bearing on your credit score.
So long as you keep your current accounts up to date and paid on time, your credit score will slowly but surely start to rise? and your bad credit history will soon become nothing more than an unpleasant memory.
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