Tips to improve your credit rating

Financial difficulty or mismanagement in the past may have damaged your credit rating, but this can be improved. This guide provides you with all the tips you will need to improve your credit rating for the future.

Avoid a payment break

Taking a payment holiday or any other pre-arranged payment break might affect your credit score, although it is advisable to talk to your creditor as soon as you begin to struggle making the repayments.

Register on the electoral roll

Registering will establish your identity to lenders as well as demonstrating your stability, 3 years of voting history is a great way to boost your credit score.

Take out a credit card

Spend a little on the card every month making sure that it is repaid in FULL the next month. It is better for you to take out a few cards and keep the spending to significantly below the credit limit than maximising the amount on one single card. Potential lenders do not like to see current credit at the maximum limit.

Show your stability

Staying at the same job or address for a long period of time shows the lender that you are stable. Loyalty to one bank is also considered to be beneficial for your credit score for the same reason.

Keep applications to a minimum

If you have been declined for credit, do not reapply straight away. Instead, check your credit reference file to see if something is on there that shouldn’t be. Next, use a soft search tool such as Freedom Finance.

If your partner has a poor credit history, this may be linked to you through utility bills, bank accounts or your mortgage. To avoid this, try to separate your credit accounts and bills.

Stay up to date

Ensure that your credit reference file is up to date. This can be checked through credit reference agencies such as Equifax, Experian or Callcredit.

Take out a phone contract

Whether it is a landline or mobile phone, a telephone contract will help to boost your credit score so swap that pay as you go!