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5 top tips to improve your Experian Credit Score

Everyone has an Experian Credit Score. Looking after it, nurturing, growing and improving it can help you get a better rate on loans, credit card or mortgages.

The Experian Credit Score is a guide to help you understand your credit report, and how the way you’ve managed the credit you’ve had in the past might affect applications you’re making now. 



It can also help you keep an eye on your progress while you maintain or improve your credit score before you apply – and here are our
five top tips to help you do that.

Tip 1 – Stay within credit limits and keep balances low – The lower your overall balances (not including mortgage), the better. If you can afford to pay off a bit more debt and you want to improve your Experian Credit Score, reducing the balance on your credit cards and overdraft can be useful. Close unused credit accounts if you don’t use them anymore, as lenders can take into account the credit limits available to you, not just what you owe at the moment.

Tip 2 – Try not to make too many applications in a short space of time – A scattergun approach to making credit applications, even if you see it as just shopping around, can have a negative impact on your Experian Credit Score.  Each application is recorded on your credit report and if lenders see lots in a short period, they could think that you’re desperate for credit or suspect fraud. 

Tip 3 – Set up direct debit payments to make sure credit bills are paid on time – Missed or late payments stay on your credit report for at least six years, and this can have a big impact on your score.  Regular payments on time can help build up a good credit account payment history. 

Helpful guides from Experian about credit scoring

Tip 4 – Register to vote at your current address – Lenders use the electoral register to help confirm who you are and where you live. 

Tip 5 – Review your credit report regularly – Make sure it’s up to date, and that the information on it is accurate. If you do find anything that needs correcting, contact the relevant lender and ask for an amendment – Experian can also raise a query on your behalf. Even small details like the way your name and address is recorded could have a significant impact. Also check your financial associations with other people.

Is your credit report missing information?

By Neil Stone, Experian UK social support team

credit-score-report-history-300x200I’ve been looking to get some improvements done around my home lately. The kitchen has been looking a bit tired so I was thinking about getting a loan to cover the cost.

Before I even contacted my bank, I checked my credit report to make sure that all of my accounts that I expected to be showing were on the report. The more information a lender can see the better picture they will have of my credit history. If you have well run accounts then you want to be sure the lender can see them!

There are times though, when information that you might be expecting to show on your report doesn’t appear. Continue reading

Why your credit score matters – and 5 tips to improve it

Your credit score is often seen as the key that could unlock access to better credit deals, mortgage approvals & more. But who decides your credit score? And what are the factors that most affect it?

When you make an application for a loan, credit card, mortgage or other type of credit (such as a new utility contract or mobile-phone account), lenders look at your credit report to work out a credit score for you.  They do this so they can judge for themselves if they think you’ll be a responsible borrower and likely to repay what you owe them.

There is no ‘one’ universal credit score. Different lenders can score differently, using their own formulae based on their own factors – there really is no ‘magic number’.

The Experian Credit Score is a guide to help you understand your credit report, and how the way you’ve managed the credit you’ve had in the past might affect applications you’re making now, and can give you an indication of what kind of loan you might get. Usually, a higher score means you’re seen as lower risk – meaning you’re more likely to get credit, and at better rates.

Your Experian Credit Score is not set in stone – it’s a living, breathing thing and it changes along with your own financial behaviour. Getting your credit score up could open up the potential chance to get better loans – and at better rates.

5 tips for improving your Experian Credit Score

  1. Do try to stay within your credit limits and do try to pay your credit bills on time. Missed or late payments stay on your credit report for at least six years, and this can have a big impact on your score.
  2. Credit scoring can also look at the average age of your accounts, so try not to chop and change all of your accounts on a regular basis.
  3. Review your credit report regularly: make sure it’s up to date, and that the information on it is accurate. If you do find anything that needs correcting, contact the relevant lender and ask for an amendment – Experian can also raise a dispute on your behalf. Even small details like the way your name and address is recorded could have a significant impact.  
  4. Don’t resort to a scattergun approach to credit applications, as each application is recorded on your credit report and if lenders see lots in a short period, they could think that you’re desperate or suspect a fraud.
  5. Make sure you register to vote at your current address, as lenders use the electoral register to help confirm who you are and where you live.

Talk to us
If you have questions you’d like answered about your Experian Credit Report and Score, our Twitter and Facebook customer service teams are online Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

You can also send in general credit or ID Fraud questions to James Jones, our Head of Consumer Affairs, who regularly answers queries on his popular Ask James column – a selection of which we regularly feature in this blog.

5 tips for improving your credit score

Last night (16 March), Experian’s James Jones and Jill O’Connor appeared on LBC’s Money Hour show answering listeners’ queries about credit scores and credit ratings.

It’s a living thing
Your credit score is not set in stone – it’s a living, breathing thing. Your own credit rating changes along with your own financial behaviour.

james-lbc-mar15When you make an application for a loan, credit card, mortgage or other type of credit (such as a new utility contract or mobile-phone account), lenders look at your credit report to work out your credit score.  Why do they do this? So they can judge for themselves if they think you’ll be a responsible borrower and likely to repay what you owe them. Continue reading

Why it’s good to understand your credit history

Getting a good understanding of the factors that do and don’t affect credit ratings can help you both now, and in the future.

Experian research found that seven out of 10 of Britons (71%) believe they have a good or excellent history of managing credit*.

But two thirds of these (66%), equivalent to almost half the UK population** have never actually checked their credit report or score – and should their credit rating be damaged, it could get in the way of their chances of getting the most suitable deals, and at the best rates.

So that’s why we’ve now launched a series of online guides to help take some of the mystery out of the credit referencing process, and help people take control of their finances.

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First-time buyers: check your credit history

Could your credit history prevent you from getting a mortgage?

Experian research suggests that more than a quarter of people in the UK looking to buy their first home before 2016 –  around 1.81 million people  – have missed credit repayments, defaulted accounts and CCJs currently listed on their credit report. And all of these could prevent them from securing a mortgage.

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How is a credit score calculated? Watch our new video

In the second of our series of Credit Café videos, our Experian Experts James Jones and Joanne Leahy explain how a credit score is calculated.

This video is part of the ‘Demystifying Credit’ series that we’re posting on YouTube every Friday for the rest of January. Look out for the next one coming soon on our YouTube channel. You can watch the first Credit Café video about who decides if you get approved for credit here.