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Bad credit history is a tag that is hard to get rid of. You can only put in efforts to improve it over a period of time. However, negative events stay on your credit history for a long time giving a negative impression about you to credit card companies, banks or even prospective employers. Here are some ways in which you can avoid bad credit history.
Bankruptcies and tax liens, where you haven’t paid the federal taxes can stay on your credit history for a long time. A bankruptcy for example, will continue to be reported by credit bureaus to prospective creditors for the next 10 years which is a long time to carry the taint. Therefore in order to avoid bad credit history, you need to take the right steps to avoid all these negative events. In other words you need to manage your finances properly and carefully at all times.
We all deal with several bills every month. Devise your own way of remembering the due dates or set up automatic monthly payments from your credit card or from your savings account. But make sure you pay your bills on time. It could be card bills, loan interests, mortgage payments, insurance premium, phone bills or anything else. But it is essential to be consistent with your payments. Any missed payment will incur penalties and also taint your credit history.
Penalties like late fees, overdraft fees, etc. should be avoided at all costs. Every such penalty creates a negative impression and reduces your credit rating. If they are repeated often, it will raise question marks on your creditworthiness too. So, be aware of the penalties and avoid them. They all add to your outstanding debt.
If you have a large amount of debt, your creditworthiness is questioned seriously. Make sure your debts stay to a manageable level. Sometimes it is best to completely get rid of credit card debt and only spend when you are sure you can repay it. As for mortgage payments and other personal loans, make sure you are up to date with the monthly payments. Inconsistency in payments and unattended debts are the reasons the credit rating dips alarmingly. Also high outstanding balance on credit cards could bring down your credit rating as you are overusing your credit limit.