In my opinion the term “Credit Repair” is really a misnomer. All of the information in this article is provided to help clear up those “questionable” items on your credit reports. I do not suggest that you challenge correct and accurate entries on your credit report, even if they are derogatory. That would be unethical.
Cleaning up problems on a credit report is more tedious than it is difficult. Follow these steps:
- Get your credit report – We show you how here on this site.
- Analyze your report – Again, we show you how here on this site.
- Itemize – Make a list of all items that you consider to be questionable (as in not your account), outdated or negative. Write down an explanation of why you are disputing the information.
- Write a dispute letter to the credit bureaus.
- Send the letter to the credit bureaus. Make sure you send it registered or certified mail, always fax a copy of your letter as well and keep copies of all of it.
- Keep records of when you sent your letters, and the results. Keep receipts from mailing.
- Wait for the bureaus to investigate your claims.
- Analyze the results.
- If the item that you are disputing was not removed or changed to your satisfaction repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 above until the dispute has settled satisfactorily.
There is no charge for a reinvestigation. If you don’t get the results you want, dispute the listing again and again and again. This is what I mean about tedious. This will work. There is no need for you to employ a outside company to help you do this. To be honest with you I would never do that. Credit Repair can be very expensive, the repair companies usually charge very high start up fees and monthly fees on top of that. Doing it yourself is free–just keep at it!
The key to doing this is to be organized and record every move that you make. If you send a correspondence to a company keep the certified mail receipt and mark in a notebook what you did, who you sent it to and what date that you sent it. You need to keep in mind that credit bureaus make their money by providing credit reports to lenders not by fixing inaccurate information in their database.
Sample Dispute Letter: