10 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

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Written By Kevin MacDonald

A good credit score is crucial for securing loans, mortgages, and even favorable terms on credit cards. If you need to improve your credit score quickly, here are ten effective strategies to help you get there.

Understand Your Credit Report

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The first step to improving your credit score is understanding what’s on your credit report. Obtain a free copy from each of the three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Review these reports for any inaccuracies or errors, as these can drag down your score.

Pay Down Credit Card Balances

One of the most significant factors in your credit score is your credit utilization ratio, which is the amount of credit you’re using relative to your credit limit. Aim to keep your credit utilization below 30%. If possible, pay down high balances on your credit cards to improve this ratio and boost your score.

Make Payments Twice a Month

Instead of making a single monthly payment, consider paying your credit card bill twice a month. This approach can help reduce your average daily balance, which may improve your credit utilization ratio and, consequently, your credit score.

Increase Your Credit Limit

Requesting a higher credit limit from your card issuer can help improve your credit utilization ratio. However, it’s essential to avoid the temptation to spend more once your limit increases. The goal is to have a higher limit with the same or lower balance, which can positively impact your score.

Become an Authorized User

If you have a family member or close friend with a good credit history, ask if you can be added as an authorized user on their credit card. Their positive payment history will reflect on your credit report, potentially boosting your score.

Diversify Your Credit Mix

Having a variety of credit types—such as credit cards, installment loans, and mortgages—can positively impact your credit score. If you only have one type of credit, consider diversifying your credit mix by taking out a small personal loan or a secured credit card.

Keep Old Accounts Open

The length of your credit history accounts for a portion of your credit score. Even if you’re not using them, keep your old credit accounts open. Closing these accounts can shorten your credit history and potentially lower your score.

Pay Bills on Time

Consistently paying your bills on time is crucial for maintaining a good credit score. Set up automatic payments or reminders to ensure you never miss a due date. Even one late payment can negatively impact your score, so it’s vital to stay on top of your payment schedule.

Address Past-Due Accounts

If you have any accounts that are past due, make it a priority to bring them current. Contact your creditors to negotiate a payment plan if necessary. Resolving past-due accounts can stop further negative marks on your credit report and help improve your score over time.

Utilize Credit-Boosting Tools

Several credit-boosting tools and services can help improve your credit score. For example, Experian Boost allows you to include utility and phone payments in your credit report, which can enhance your payment history and potentially increase your score. Similarly, rent-reporting services can add your on-time rent payments to your credit history.

Take Action Today

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Improving your credit score quickly requires diligence and strategic planning. By following these tips, you can enhance your credit profile and open the door to better financial opportunities.


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