Tips to Improve your Credit Before Buying a Home

Shelley Wenger
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If you are interested in buying a home soon (or even in the future), it is important to make sure that you have good credit. In fact, the better that your credit score is, the more affordable your home will be. It is amazing how even one or two points can really make a difference. It might even mean buying a home that is just big enough or one that your family can grow into.

So, how can you improve your credit? Here are some tips to help.

Don’t wait. No matter how long that you think it will be before you decide to buy a home, you should start thinking about your credit right now. It is important to know that some issues with your credit can take several months to resolve so you shouldn’t wait.

Even if you think that you want to wait a year or more, fixing your credit can help you in other aspects of your life. If you need a loan for a new car or anything else, the better your credit score is, the better that loan will be too. Good credit also makes it easier to rent a home, among other things.

Make a plan to pay off your debts. Whether you need to cut back expenses or increase your income, you need to find a way to cut back on your debt. 

Many people try to cut back on things that are not necessary. You may not need to go out to eat every week. Maybe you can cut your phone or cable bill back every month and use that money toward your debt. It might also help to get a second job for a short time to help get your debt under control. Even a few extra hundred dollars a month can really help to decrease your debt!

Even as you try to pay off your debts, it is equally important that you stay on top of the bills. If you pay your bills late, not only will you have late fees (which can really add up), it will affect your credit score. Because of this, you need to keep up with your regular bills. Your credit score can’t afford for you to fall behind on your regular bills.

While you are trying to work on your credit, you need to refrain from making any big purchases. This includes anything that you may need to take out a loan for, including a car, vacation, or even electronics. Besides costing money that you don’t have (and putting yourself more in debt), your mortgage lender may question the big purchase (and possible change to your credit score).

By improving your credit, you might be able to buy the home of your dreams. If you don’t do anything, you might struggle to get a mortgage. Because of this, you need to start now (before you want to buy your home). The more time that you have to improve it, the better off you will be! It can take several months to change your credit score so that you can buy the house of your dreams!

You should start by making a plan to pay off your debts. Even if you have to cut back on some of your expenses, it will be worth it. Besides, do you really need to have the big cable package when the basic one will do? Maybe cutting back on meals out and shopping trips could be enough to help get you out of debt. If not, you may want to consider a second job. Not only will it give you extra money to put toward your debt, once that is caught up, you can start saving for your dream home.


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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