When you decide too apply a loan, it is always a good idea before you do apply to first check your credit score. By doing this first, it will give you a good idea if your application will be approved or not and just how high the interest will be on your repayments.
Do you know how to check your credit score? Well it is quite easy and free to do, you will need to get it from a should-i-pay-to-check-my-credit-score credit score agency. There are three available to you, these are Experian, Equifax or Transunion. All you need to do is register at one or all of there websites and request a copy of your credit file, this is absolutely free for you to do.
Your credit score will range from 350 to 750 points, the higher it is then lower the interest will be on your repayments. If your score is below 700, then you really need to look at ways to improve on it.
The way to do this is, get a copy of your credit file and review it. Check for any errors in it and if there are any, you should call the credit agency to report the error and then send the supporting documents by mail to them. This is quite an easy process to do.
Never ever send your original documents, this is because if they get lost in transit, you will have nothing left to prove your claims, so always send photocopies.
Once the credit agency receives your documents, they will conduct an investigation into the matter. Once they check and find that it is an error, it is immediately removed from your record and a revised copy will be sent to you free of charge.
But if the report is correct, then you will need to take the appropriate steps to remove it. Your credit score may go low because of your past credit history. You may have unpaid loans or have incurred late payments in your credit card, then if this is so, you have to pay them.
Any adverse credit history will be in your credit report for the next 7 years, while filing for bankruptcy lasts for about ten years, so you can not run away from it.
You may have to find some extra money to do this. This can be done by working some overtime, getting a second job, learning to cut on your expenses or as a last resort selling some of your valuables. If you are unsure what to do, then ask for help as there are financial advisers that are willing to help you go through this difficult time.
If your financial situation is not that bad, then it is best to make a deal with your creditors so nothing adverse will not appear on your record. If you do make a deal with them, stick to it! Because if you do not they will not be so generous the next time this happens.
After a year has past, you should request for a new copy of your credit report, this to see if the steps you have taken have paid off. If you see a some improvement from the year before, you know you are on the right track and will not have a problem anymore applying for a loan.
Checking your credit score is free to do and something you should do on a regular basis, all you need to do is get a copy from a crediting agency. It is advised to always get a copy of your credit score from all three agency’s at the same time and to do this every few months.