For a brighter credit future, you need to understand where you are right now. If you’ve recently been refused credit, you may be wondering why that has happened. We can help you figure it out. And we have this simple trick to get you started, from the experts at Loqbox.
It’s a simple question with, believe it or not, some simple answers. With a little time and the right advice, anyone can build their credit history. So let’s crack on.
Start by imagining you were thinking of lending £100 to a complete stranger. What information about that person would help you know you could trust them?
Living at the same address for a while would show stability.
Are they linked to people who are good or bad with money? It would be useful to know either way.
Whether they always pay on time, have a habit of missing payments, or have no history of repayments at all, it’s going to influence your decision.
Do they have a job? Do they own their home? Are they new to the country? Have they made fraudulent applications or even been convicted of fraud? You can probably think of plenty of other questions you’d want to ask.
By thinking about all these questions, you’ve essentially created your own lender’s scorecard – the criteria lenders use to decide whether they can trust you.
To build this trust, and improve your creditworthiness in the eyes of lenders, you just need to demonstrate more of the positives and fewer of the negatives. Simple.
Checking your credit reports
When it comes to your financial health, your credit score is really important. So checking your credit reports is a good place to start when seeking to improve your financial health.
Making yourself visible to the system
If you haven't managed to find your credit report, you might be 'invisible' to the system for some reason, meaning one or more CRA can't find you.