Are you considering buying a home and trying to get your ducks in a row? As part of the mortgage process, you will need to get pre-approved and a requirement is a positive credit standing. Your credit score is a pretty big deal when you’re looking to buy a home.

The major mistake many future homeowners make is not taking the totality of their credit score into consideration far before they are ready to buy. Repairing credit takes a while, so you want to make sure you’re ahead of the curve and know what your score is.

Here are 3 helpful tips to alleviate credit stress before applying for a mortgage:

Know where your credit stands

Before you consider making any major purchases, like a house, a car, etc., you need to educate yourself on your credit standing. There are so many factors that make up a credit score, so ordering a credit report and taking a deep dive with a credit professional is a good idea. There are many websites like Quizzle, Credit Karma and Experian that will allow you to run your credit report for free! Many of these sites often offer great insights about your credit score and helpful tips on repairing it

Pay off your debts and keep paying your bills on time

If there is something on your credit report that is affecting your score negatively, you need to do your research on how to fix it. Most likely you missed a bill, or a credit card fell delinquent, in any case contacting the debt collection agency is always a smart move. In many instances, collection agencies will be lenient with you and allow you to enroll in a payment plan that’ll help you start minimizing your debt. Decrease as much of your outstanding debt as you can!

Don’t open unnecessary lines of credit or jump the gun on buying a house

A new credit card may sound like a good idea but if you’re prepping for a future, major purchase, stay clear. Consider your budget for monthly spending and bills. Ask yourself if you can afford to tack on another bill.

Buying a home is a big deal and a big financial investment. Spend time making sure your credit is up to par and start saving extra cash, so you can afford to give a bigger down-payment.

For more information on credit, pre-approvals and mortgage applications, contact an expert at Hall Financial.