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When should I start rebuilding credit after bankruptcy?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2020 | Bankruptcy | 0 comments

Filing bankruptcy may leave you feeling a little weary when it comes to credit. You may not wish to get back into debt anytime soon. However, you should start to think about rebuilding your credit soon after your bankruptcy discharge. You will need to strengthen your credit for the future if you wish to buy a home, a car or anything else that requires a good credit score. 

You can start building credit right away after your bankruptcy discharge, but you need to be cautious. Remember that your bankruptcy will stay on your credit report and result in creditors charging you more for credit. In some cases, they may try to take advantage of you since you cannot file bankruptcy again for many years. It is essential as you rebuild your credit, to do so cautiously. 

Avoid issues 

Your main goal should be rebuilding your credit without going into debt. To do this, you need to borrow under favorable terms and repay fast. One good option is a secured credit card. You can pay off the balance every month to help rebuild your credit while avoiding debt. 

You also want to have a savings account in place before you start borrowing again. This will give you something to fall back on if you end up seeing problems start again with your debts. 

Watch out for scams 

Lenders will know that you are not in a place to negotiate when it comes to credit. Some lenders will take advantage of this and try to charge you extensive fees and other amounts to obtain credit. There are many scams out there that will do nothing to help your credit but make it seem like they will. Always do your research and only borrow from trusted lenders to avoid scammers. Even then, make sure you understand all the terms, including any extra charges the lender may assess.