In this credit repair article, I am going to give you a step by step method of repairing your credit. You can of course, hire someone to do this sort of thing for you, but you can also accomplish this yourself just as easily.
Order your credit reports: You need to order credit reports from all three locations: TRW, Trans Union, and Equifax. Your credit should get reported to each, but not always. This ensures you can review each item on each report for discrepancies.
Organize yourself: This will be set up to track your correspondence with the credit agencies. You should have a file cabinet, folders, and a copy of the credit reports (try not to write on the originals). Make a copy of everything before you mail it out and place it in a folder.
Analyze your credit report: Each report will have codes associated with the items. These codes stand for something against your credit. If you have one or more of these codes, this will have a negative impact on the credit rating. Highlight these in a highlighter for reference later.
Write your disputes: Do not use a form letter, or any type of generic letter you find in the latest books out. These are spotted right away, and will draw undo attention to your requests. Do not lie in your dispute, and always state you are challenging the item as “not mine” or “not late”. You would also like to tell the agency your required outcome of this dispute. Do not sound like an expert, or repeat something you read in a credit repair article. This may get your information rejected by the checker before it even has a chance.
Send in your dispute: Once you have a decent typed letter about your dispute, send it in. By law, the credit agency must investigate all disputes, which are deemed irrelevant or frivolous. This is why you need to get past the checker person.
Get a response: You will get some sort of response. It can be anything from your dispute is now being investigated, to a letter asking for more information, to a rejection letter based on timing, or even a rejection letter based upon the fact the credit bureau believes you are trying to manipulate the system. Depending on this letter, will determine what is done next. If you do not get a response at all after 60 days, write another dispute.
See results: Get another copy of your credit reports and compare this against your original reports. You should see a difference. There will be updates to the items you disputed, or the items may be gone completely. Ensure you agree with the comments of the credit bureau.
Settle any unpaid debts: If you still have any unpaid debts, you should really try to settle these. This is a good indication to the credit bureaus you are making a substantial effort to clean up your credit.
The above list is a good legal way of helping to repair your credit. I put together this credit article to show you there are some free methods of returning your credit rating back to normal. If you need to refer back to this credit repair article for the steps, feel free. It will definitely guide you in the path to getting your credit repaired.