Why should I find out my credit score?
Being in the dark about your credit score can feel unsettling. It could be going down without you realising.
Knowing your credit score means you know where you stand when it comes to applying for different credit products, or even getting a mortgage. If your score is good, you can find out what you’re doing right and how to keep it that way. If your score isn’t where you want it to be, you can easily find out how to get it climbing.
Finding out and monitoring your score is a great way to Get Money Calm.
What is Credit Monitor?
Credit Monitor gives you your credit score and report absolutely free, in just 3 minutes. It uses a soft credit check, meaning you can check it as many times as you want without harming your score.
Credit Monitor provides you with personalised tips and hints on how to improve your credit score. It also shows you a range of credit cards that you are likely to get if you apply.
Who can use Credit Monitor?
You must be over 18 and a UK resident to use Credit Monitor - we'll ask you for your most recent address.
What is a credit score?
Your credit score is a rating based on your financial history. Credit referencing agencies give you a score based on how well you have managed your financial accounts in the past. Your score can go up or down, depending on how you manage your accounts.
What is my credit report?
Your credit report is a record of your financial history compiled by a credit reference agency. It contains information such as how much money you have borrowed, if you pay your bills on time as well as public record information such as being on the electoral roll, or any recorded bankruptcies.
Your credit report is updated every month. The information comes from a few different places, including lenders, utility companies and banks.
What does having a good credit score mean?
A good score could give you more options when applying for credit; your credit score is an indication of how responsibly you manage your financial accounts. The better it is, the more confident a lender can be that you will pay back whatever you borrow. Having a good credit score can also give you access to cheaper rates on loans or credit cards.
What does having a poor credit score mean?
Having a poor credit score can be due to mismanaging your finances in the past – perhaps due to a missed credit card payment, an outstanding utility bill or even a bankruptcy. A poor credit score can limit your access to credit products, as a lender may see you as a riskier borrower. There are ways to improve a poor credit score. Credit Monitor may be able to help with that.
5 ways to boost your credit score
- Make sure you’re registered on the Electoral Roll
- Pay your credit commitments and bills on time
- Don’t exceed your agreed overdraft and credit limits
- Close any credit cards or accounts that you don’t use
- Spread your spending evenly across all your credit cards
Is Credit Monitor free?
Credit Monitor is 100% free to use. We won’t charge you for checking your report.
How many times can I look at my report?
Credit Monitor gives you free access to your credit report and credit score, meaning you can look at it as often as you want. Your credit score and the information in your report will be updated monthly, so it’s advisable to check it regularly, in the same way as you would your bank statements or utility bills.
How frequently does my credit report get updated?
Your credit report refreshes on a monthly basis so it’s a good idea to keep checking it regularly so you can ensure that the data in it is accurate.
Why is my credit score different here to elsewhere?
Each credit reference agency has its own way of calculating a credit score based on the information it holds, which means your credit score can’t be compared between different agencies. TransUnion has a maximum score of 710.
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Why choose Credit Monitor?
Credit Monitor lets you see your credit score and report for free, and gives you personalised tips on how to improve it. If you are thinking of applying for a credit card, Credit Monitor will show you credit cards that you are likely to be accepted for. Being able to clearly see and monitor your score will allow you to make an educated decision if and when you want to apply for credit.