We all know the benefits of good money management, but with so much credit available to us these days, it can be easy to get carried away. Before we know it, we could end up with a bad credit report. Is this something we should worry about?
It is unlikely that you will be affected by a bad credit report while you go about your everyday routine. However, it is when you want to make a big investment, such as buying a house and need to apply for a loan or mortgage, that bad credit will catch up with you. The reason is that before a lender approves your loan, they will want to see how well you have handled money in the past. They will likely need to see your bill-paying history as well as any debts you currently have. If you do not have a good record of paying bills on time, etc. it may affect your loan approval.
Can you improve a bad credit report? It is never too late to start improving your credit report. Start by requesting a copy of your credit report. You are entitled to a free copy once a year and it will help you to see the areas you need to work on. Also, make sure you pay all your bills on time as this is another important way to help your credit report, plus it will save you a lot of money on late payment fees.
So, if you are looking to make a big investment in the future, start working on your credit score today and give yourself the best chance of success.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL