If you haven’t begun establishing credit through credit cards, student loans, or other bills, you’ll want to start right away. Most lenders? need to see that you can make payments on time and responsibly manage credit. Here are a few ways to start building up your credit.
Open checking & savings accounts
The first thing you can do before starting to build up your credit is to open a checking account or savings account, if you have not already done so. Mortgage? lenders will most likely require this information on applications as it helps document your source of funds for a down payment?. Also, if you open a credit card or other credit-establishing account, it’s usually easier to pay bills and make other financial transactions through your checking account.
Use credit cards
When used responsibly, credit cards are a great way to build up a favorable credit report?. If you don’t have a credit card yet, you could try applying for one from a department store or applying for a secured card? from a bank. Both of these options usually have lower balance limits and higher interest rates?. Then, after a year of establishing some credit, you could try to apply for an unsecured card? from a major financial institution to replace a store card or secured card.
The thing with credit cards, though, is that it’s important to avoid maxing them out or carrying a balance from month to month. Make sure to charge only what you can afford to pay in full, on time.
The thing with credit cards, though, is that it’s important to avoid maxing them out or carrying a balance from month to month. Make sure to charge only what you can afford to pay in full, on time. If you carry a balance, you’ll end up paying interest on that purchase, which could cost you way more than what you originally owed, and it will affect your credit score?. As credit card debt builds up, it becomes harder and harder to pay off.
Pay bills on time
This could be one of the most important factors in building credit: paying your rent, loan payments, and other bills on time. For a revolving charge account? , it’s important to pay at least the minimum payments, but preferably full balance amounts. Generally, using 30% or less of available credit is favorable and will be an important factor when lenders determine if they’re willing to lend you money. If you’re paying off student loans, it’s extremely important to avoid defaulting, as it can take years to recover your credit score from this.