What is your credit score?
If you’d like to give your credit score a healthy boost, understanding your rating is a good place to start.
You can request a copy of your credit report to any (or all) of the three credit reporting agencies in New Zealand:
Keep in mind that, depending on the agencies you choose, your credit score will be a number between 0 and 1,000 (illion and Equifax) or 0 and 1,500 (Centrix).
How to improve your credit score
One of the key things to know about credit scores is this: they go up and down based on many factors, including your payment history. Just to give you a couple of examples, paying your bills on time can help your credit score stay higher, while applying too often for finance can have a negative impact.
So what’s affecting your credit score? Your Credit Report has the answer. It includes details of your debts, defaults and balances, and can give you a better understanding of what’s happening to your score and why. Then, you can create your ‘action plan.’
Do you have any unpaid defaults, for example? It’s a common issue, and being proactive about it can really help. Make sure you contact your provider to make them aware of the situation: they will be happy to work with you on a possible strategy.
Being proactive is important for late payments, too. If you often feel that you are playing catch-up and missing out due dates, it’s a good idea to give your payment behaviour some thought. For example, setting up automatic payments is one of the easiest ways to stay on track, but take the time to understand what works best for you.
With a bit of focus and planning, you can make your credit score work for you. And remember, your credit score is not a still snapshot; it changes as your circumstances change. By following its fluctuations over time, you can take action more quickly, and make sure that your rating is ready for your short and long-term goals.
Like to know more? Click the links below for additional information on credit scores: