Credit Score

Tips for Improving & Maintaining a Healthy Credit Score

May 9, 2024
by Team SESLOC

Your credit score is a three digit number that can impact your financial life in significant ways. From getting approved for loans to determining the interest rates you’ll pay, understanding your credit score is essential. The good news is, if you follow a few simple practices, you can rebuild your credit, even if you have had bad credit in the past. Here are some steps you can to take to help you improve and maintain a healthy credit score:

Check Your Credit Score

Regularly check your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. You’re entitled to one free report from each bureau each week, which you can obtain at AnnualCreditReport.com. Reviewing your report can help you spot errors or inaccuracies that could be dragging down your score.

Pay Your Bills On Time, Every Time

Payment history is one of the most significant factors influencing your credit score. Set up reminders or automatic payments to ensure you never miss a due date.

Watch Your Credit Usage

Keep your credit card balances low relative to your credit limit, ideally using less than 30% of your available credit. High credit utilization can signal financial strain to lenders, potentially lowering your score.

Be Strategic With New Accounts

Avoid opening too many new accounts within a short period.  Each time you apply for credit, it triggers a hard inquiry, which can temporarily ding your score. Be selective about the accounts you open and space out your applications.

Remember, building and maintaining a healthy credit score takes time, and it requires you to be patient and consistent. By prioritizing responsible financial habits and keeping a close eye on your credit file, you can gradually improve your score and strengthen your financial standing.

Remember, if you see something out of place or suspicious on your credit report, or find or suspect identity theft for any reason, contact us. We are here for you! With your HomeFREE Checking™ account you have access to a professional Identity Theft Recovery Advocate, who can help you dispute fraudulent credit activity to keep your credit and your identity YOURS!

 


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