If you are experiencing financial hardship at this point in your life, incurring unpaid defaults in the process—you are not alone.

Here are ways to repair your credit rating:

Identify the reasons why you’re in default

Understand that life happens and sometimes, you have to deal with some financial setbacks. Loss of employment, illness and relationship breakdowns may make repayments difficult. On other instances, it could be as simple as poor book keeping practices, not keeping your receipts, moving to another address or data entry issue son the part of your credit provider. But, whatever the reasons are, don’t let it deter you from pushing for a stellar credit rating.

Remember that creditors report that you’re on default when you are 60 days late with your monthly payment. It will serve as a warning to potential creditors that you have defaulted on your obligations and that you could do it all over again with another lender. Understand that paying off the Defaults does not necessarily mean that you can erase those entries form your credit file. They will stay there for years. But, if you don’t pay them off, it could be worst.

Clean up your credit file

The best way to do this is to simply update your payments. If you have multiple credit card debts, and other consumer debts—you may think about debt consolidation. You can get a new loan to pay off all your debts. By doing this, you can reduce your monthly payments, possibly reduce the overall cost of the loan and simplify your payment. It could help you build up your credit again, not only by reducing your debts, but by making it easier for you to pay on time.

By fixing your impaired credit file it would not only become easy to obtain finance, cleaning up your credit file can also give you a wider range of lending options. Remember that lenders approve clients based on their borrowing capacity, which does not only refer to their ability to repay the debts, but on their credit score as well. You may also qualify for low-cost loans which may not be possible if you have a poor credit score, unless you opt for specialized lenders who provide affordable loan products for bad credit borrowers.  Of course, the interest you pay on a loan would dramatically decrease as well.

You can request a free copy of your credit file from the major credit bureaus in the country. Check them for errors, and if you see inconsistencies or inaccuracies—you can file a dispute at the credit agency involved. Or, you may also file a complaint with your credit providers and ask them to update the report.  Sometimes, there are unjust listings or mistakes due to human error. So, make it a habit to ask for a copy of your credit file each year so you can easily contact the creditor concerned and talk over the issues with them. While it is possible to directly file a dispute with the reporting agency, they will not remove the negative entry without the approval of the creditor, or at least a valid proof that the entry is erroneous or inaccurate. There are also credit repair specialists that remove defaults on your credit file.

Consolidate your loans

You can apply for a second mortgage to consolidate all your high interest loans into a single easy-to pay loan. By rolling all your debts into one—you could enjoy the benefit of saving money on unpaid interests and late fees. IT is also a lot easier to remember because you only have one due date to recall each month. If you’re still unsure whether you could make timely payments because of your busy schedule—you can automate payments to ensure that you can pay on time. This will not only clear up your old debts and help you start with a clean slate—but debt consolidation can also help you rebuild your credit score fast your potential lenders would also see the improvement on your borrowing  habits and you are most likely to qualify for low-interest and bigger loans in the near future.

Develop good financial habits

After you understand the importance of paying off your debts, it may be time to look for the best financial product when you need them. Look for specialized lenders that offer accessible and affordable loans when you are finding some difficulty in managing personal finances because of cash flow shortage due to emergency situations. Afterwards, make it a habit to check on your budget and make some adjustments in order to save more and spend less son a day to day basis.

By sticking to your budget, you can stretch out your dollars and avoid debts. Budgeting is important not only for the low income earners but to high income earners as well. It is important to make the most of your incoming savings so you have some money to tap into when emergency situations like car repairs, urgent home renovation hospitalization arise. By doing so, you can avoid being chased down by debt collectors for your unpaid defaults and you don’t have to rely so much on another loan to bail you out.