5 things NOT to do when trying to improve your credit
  • Alan Hayon

5 things NOT to do when trying to improve your credit

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

Inaccurate credit tips have been perpetuated for years. Leading consumers to attempt improving their credit to no avail.

So we put together a list of five common things NOT to do when trying to improve your credit.

Don’t do these things:

1. Don’t Pay Off Collections or “Charge Offs”. If you want to pay off old accounts, do it through escrow, making sure that the debt is yours. Request a “letter of deletion” from the creditor.

2. Don’t Close Credit Card Accounts or it may appear that your debt ratio has gone up. It also affects other factors in the score, including credit history.

3. Don’t Max Out or Over Charge Credit Card Accounts. Keep your balances below 40% of their limit during the process. Pay down balances if possible.

4. Don’t Consolidate Your Debt. When you consolidate all of your debt onto one or two credit cards, it will appear that you are “maxed out” on that card and you will be penalized.

5. Don’t Do Anything That Will Cause A Red Flag To Be Raised By The Scoring System. This includes adding new accounts, co-signing on a loan or changing your name or address with the bureaus.