How long does it take to improve your credit score?
Consumers should beware that the higher your credit score, the greater possibility you'll be approved for high-risk loans, for which you should make sure you can pay back in full.
The higher your credit score, the better off you are when looking to take out a loan. But whether this means you'll be approved at first doesn’t depend on just your credit rating alone. There are other factors financial lenders consider when it comes to making these decisions, especially since there is no set time frame for how long your recovery will take if you’ve fallen into hard times, and experienced financial distress like bankruptcy or delinquency.
Improving your credit score.
You can improve your credit score in the following ways:
- Pay off revolving loans whenever possible. Credit cards and personal loans are prime examples of revolving loans that can affect your credit score negatively.
- Do not fall behind on account payments and, if you did, try to catch up as quickly as possible.
- Do not open new accounts too often. Opening a new credit card or obtaining a new personal loan multiple times per year could indicate that you are under financial distress and it can affect your ability to get new loans and better interest rates.
How long does it take?
Recovering your credit score depends on the situation. For example, if you are late on a single payment your credit score can rebound within one or two months. Sometimes it can take up to 6 months for your credit score to be improved or for newly opened or paid off accounts to have an affect on your credit score.Credit Bureaus do this to ensure you don't pay off one account and then immediately open up a new account.
If an individual has entered into the filing of bankruptcy their credit score might take 5 years to 10 years to rebound back to where they were.
- Bankruptcy: 6+ years.
- Missed/Default payment: 18 months
- Maxed out credit card: 3 months
- Closing an account: 3 to 6 months
- Applying for credit: 3 to 6 months
Your focus should not lie just with short term credit score improvement but with obtaining and maintaining a high credit score and paying your accounts on time over the long term.
No matter where your score starts, if it’s below optimal, there are simple things you can do that will have an immediate effect on your credit health.