If you have less than perfect credit, do not fret; you are not alone. Millions suffer from bad credit because of a variety of reasons. To impove your credit, start by getting reports from all three reporting agencies. This will shed light on what is impairing your credit. Credit reports may contain inaccuracies you can correct to help get your credit back on track. Paying down high balances and paying on time will go a long way to improving your credit.
A credit score represents your creditworthiness, and it is used by lenders to gauge whether a person will make payments on time. Scores are largely based on your borrowing history. The most common type of credit score available to consumers is the FICO score, which ranges from 300 to 850. The higher the credit score, the more likely you will be able obtain credit and/or secure a lower interest rate.
Credit scores range between 300 and 850. Typically, a good credit score is above 700.
The average credit score is 680. Anything below 620 is considered a poor score, or "sub-prime."
For those who already have a good credit score, rest assured that it is much easier to maintain a good score than to improve a poor one. Good credit can be maintained by adhering to healthy financial habits, such as making payments on time and shopping on credit only when it is absolutely necessary. Avoid making dramatic credit changes and do not close old accounts.