Boost your Credit Rating

June 30, 2016 by Edge Financial Planning
Credit rating

As the banks tighten the reigns on how much they are lending, now is a great time to work on boosting your credit rating!


Boost your credit rating by following our tips below!

 

Pay your bills on time

When you pay an overdue debt, the negative listing doesn’t disappear until after seven years have elapsed. Paying your bills on time and meeting your loan repayments is the simplest and most effective way to improve your rating.

 

Don’t be debtless!

In order to establish a history, you need to have a form of credit. Credit cards are easier to apply for than loans. Sign up for one with a small limit (to make small purchases and re-payments on time).

 

Moving House?

Get in touch with all your service providers (banks, utilities, internet service providers) to make sure your bills are redirected to your new address. If you don’t it can be seen as a ‘clear out’ and possible deliberate debt evasion.

 

Dispute Errors

According to the office of the Australian Information Commissioner (2013), 30% of Australian’s have errors on their file. Jump onto veda.com.au and check your score. If any information listed there is incorrect, contact the relevant provider and seek an amendment.

 

Consolidate

Improve your score by eliminating small balances on existing cards. These balances although they are small, can be polluting your credit report.

 

Keep your Oldest Account

The longer your lines of credit are open, the better the rating.

 

Know what you’re in for

If your card issuer forgot to mention that they increased your limit, request that this be removed to avoid any unmanageable debt.

 

Don’t be a credit junkie!

Too many credit applications can damage your rating. Do your research ahead of time and minimise the amount of applications you’re making.

 

Reduce your utilization rate

Aim to keep your credit used below 30% of your available credit. In doing so, you’re effectively boosting your credit history.

 

The advice in this article is of general nature. To solve specific issues or to put a personalised plan in motion, speak to us today!


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