Credit Check

Written by Jessica Duquette
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A credit check, on occasion, can help you keep on top of your existing consumer credit standing. If you have had financial difficulty in the past, monitoring your improvement can help motivate you back to good credit standing. Without running occasional credit reports, you're likely to be unaware of any existing problems on your report.

While I encourage you to run a credit check every once in a while, over doing it can hurt your standing. Financial institutions assume you are running reports on your credit in the hopes of qualifying for loans. The more submissions you make for your credit report, the more credit bureaus assume you are looking to take out additional loans.

Annual Credit Check

If you have had problems with your credit, running a report once a year should keep you abreast of your improvements. Whether you've gotten yourself into financial hardship due to overdue bills, significant credit card debt or unpaid balances, there are some basic steps you can take to get you on your way to good credit. While these steps will eventually improve your credit, this process does not happen overnight.

The first step to improving your credit rating is to pay your bills on time. Secondly, paying off credit cards and closing accounts can help you minimize your possible debt. This puts you at lower risk to financial institutions. Refrain from opening any new accounts, as that just adds additional debt you are likely to incur.

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