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HOW TO AVOID CREDIT REPAIR FAILURE


Easily put, credit repair is the process of getting inaccurate information removed or corrected on your credit report. This is important because it provides a fair and complete picture of your finances, taking steps to boost your credit score, and resolving to avoid credit problems in the future.


It's much easier to hire a credit repair company to do it for you or you can do it yourself. If you choose to go the DIY route, be sure you know your rights and avoid the 16 mistakes listed below.


Mistake #1: Failing to Check Credit Reports


Mistake #2: Procrastinating


Mistake #3: Avoiding Credit Education


Mistake #4: Not Keeping Documentation


Mistake #5: Disputing Too Much


Mistake #6: Disputing Online


Mistake #7: Disputing with Boilerplate Language


Mistake #8: Sending Uncertified Mail


Mistake #9: Falsifying Documents


Mistake #10: Transferring Credit Card Balances


Mistake #11: Missing Payments


Mistake #12: Canceling Credit Card Accounts


Mistake #13: Applying for New Credit


Mistake #14: Paying Debt Collectors


Mistake #15: Hiring a Shady Credit Repair Company


Mistake #16: Filing for Bankruptcy


KEY TAKEAWAYS


  • Know your rights under applicable credit laws.

  • Obtain and read your credit reports once a year and look for errors.

  • Only dispute information that you believe is wrong.

  • Keep records of everything and get everything in writing.

  • Avoid disreputable credit repair companies.



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