Good credit is a necessity today. Credit is essential if you want to own a car, home or to shop on the internet. Miss some minimum payments on your credit card or let your loan go into default — and you’ll find yourself in trouble. Creditors will report missed payments to credit reporting agencies and this will blemish your credit history which can be difficult to repair. In most cases it will take seven years for negative credit reports to be removed.
If you have fallen behind in payments be proactive. One of the best things to do is to contact your creditor. Most people do the exact opposite. Because of feelings of embarrassment, they avoid contacting their creditor. This behavior will result in long-term credit problems. As soon as you run into difficulty with debt make it a point to contact your creditor immediately.
The key to credit repair lies with your credit history report which depends on whether or not your creditor reports your nonpayment to credit reporting agencies. In most cases, creditors are open to discussing some alternate payment plan. The creditor wants to work with you, because to push you away means they will not receive a payment at all.
After contacting the creditor, suggest a realistic payment plan for both you and your creditor. It is very important that you propose a plan you can stick to. The worst thing you can do is default on these new payment arrangements. It might appear to your creditor that you were simply stalling for time to avoid making the payment.
Basically, when you contact your creditor, remember that their decision to report your nonpayment to credit agencies will affect you immensely. It is definitely in your best interest to do everything you can to convince them not to do this. When you contact your creditors early and propose a realistic payment plan, you have taken an important step towards credit repair.