- Correcting any errors or misinformation that is showing up on your credit report.
- Paying all your bills on time.
- Cutting up or putting away your credit cards so you can focus on repaying debt rather than incurring it.
- Consolidating your loans and credit card debt into one larger loan.
- Avoiding going over the limit on your credit card. A high balance will have a greater impact on your credit score.
- Restricting the number of applications for credit that you make. Too many inquiries into your credit with a short time may have a negative impact on your credit score.
- Contacting your lenders and make inquiring about alternate repayment solutions if you need to do so.
- Developing a plan to reduce your debit that includes evaluating your lifestyle and the money you are spending and puts any “found” money toward debt reduction.
- Consulting a credit counselor. Canada has many not-for-profit agencies that can help you assess your options.
Improving Your Credit Score
Some people may find that their credit rating needs improvement if they are going to lock in a loan at an affordable interest rate. In this instance, you can help improve your credit score by: