The 6 Best Ways To Rebuild Your Credit File

How to Rebuild Your Credit File

Short-Term Steps to Rebuild Your Credit File in 2023

Rebuilding your credit file may seem like a difficult task, but there are steps you can take to improve your credit profile. You can still turn things around even with a history of poor credit.

To begin with, to rebuild your credit file, you should acquire a copy of your statutory credit report from the three leading credit reference agencies (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax). This will ensure that the credit details on record with each agency are correct.

Remember that lenders and utility companies may not report your credit history to all three agencies so you could have a high credit score with one credit reference agency and a lower score with another. It is essential to check all three credit reference agencies.

Acquire a Copy of Your Statutory Credit Report

Your Credit Report: You can apply to view a list of the creditors and balances shown on your credit file on each of the three main credit reference agencies – Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, or you can apply for one combined, easy-to-read report online by clicking here: CheckMyFile

Add a Short Statement to Your Credit Report

To rebuild your credit file, add a short statement to your report explaining why you got into debt (e.g., illness or redundancy).

Apply for a Copy of Your Credit Report

  • TransUnion:
  • Equifax:
  • Experian:
  • CheckMyFile – combines all three credit reference agencies into one account: Click Here

Notify Credit Reference Agencies of Any Errors

If you notice an error on your credit report, you can either apply to notify each of the three credit reference agencies or Check My File will do this for you.

Register for the Electoral Roll

Register for the electoral roll at your current address. This will help confirm your identity and address to lenders, making it easier to apply for credit and to rebuild your credit file.

Update Your Details

Update all personal details (such as addresses) on your credit profile. This will ensure lenders have accurate information about you and reduce the risk of errors on your credit report.

The 6 Best Ways To Rebuild Your Credit File

Long-Term Steps to Rebuild Your Credit File

In the long term, showing lenders that you can borrow money responsibly is essential. You can do this by using and repaying credit. But before you do so, you need to be 100% sure you can afford and meet the repayments.

Here are some long-term steps you can take to rebuild your credit file:

Consider Credit Designed for People with Low Credit Ratings

Consider credit designed for people with low credit ratings. This usually means low limits and high-interest rates. You may improve your rating by using this type of credit for small purchases (such as groceries) and repaying the money in full and on time.

Space Out Your Credit Applications

Space out your applications. Each credit application will leave a mark on your credit report, so aim to apply at most once every three months.

Check Your Eligibility Before You Apply for Credit

Check your eligibility before you apply for credit. Doing this can help you reduce your chances of being rejected and having to make multiple applications.

Once you are back on the straight and narrow, stay that way by closely monitoring your finances. One way to do this is to sign up to Check My File . This paid subscription can help you monitor and improve your credit profile, ensuring you are always in control of your finances and on the road to rebuilding your credit file.

Credit Reports

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If you have used our online application form, we will contact you to run through your income and outgoings and discuss your options so you can make an informed choice. At Debt Support Direct, we offer all statutory debt solutions in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland so that you can choose the solution tailored to you and your circumstances.

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There are sources of free debt advice and services. You can find out more by contacting the Money Helper on 0800 138 7777 or visiting

Here are some links to UK debt charities that can provide help and advice on managing debt:

Please carefully read the information on these websites to understand what services they offer and if they would fit your needs. Reaching out for help when you start having difficulties managing your debts is important. These organisations can help you understand your options and work with you to develop a plan to get back on track.


To learn more about managing debt and receiving free, impartial debt advice, visit Money Helper or read about options for paying off your debt