The impact of a low credit score on ones credit report file, and the far reaching implications this can have, has probably never been as highly publicized as in recent years. In general people are far more aware of the necessity of maintaining a good credit score and look for methods to either improve their current score or to prevent it falling. When ones credit score can impact on mortage interest rates, loan rates and insurance premiums unsecured loans are a consideration.
Those who are struggling to juggle current debts can find their problems compounded by mounting interest across several credit cards, and are aware that they are on the borderline of falling behind with even the minimum payments. Just one unexpected bill arriving could result in a failure to keep their loan or credit card payments up to date.
Considering an unsecured loan as a means of consolidating current debts is one option. If your credit rating is still undamaged then you will be able to obtain an unsecured loan with a lower interest rate than if you leave it until your score is on the downward path, and use it to prevent the slippery slide into debt.
The benefits of taking out one unsecured loan and using it to tackle your current debt level is a viable option if your current debts are not too excessive. As an unsecured loan demands no collateral you will not be able to obtain one for a vast amount. If you can borrow an amount which will enable you to pay off the debts which have the highest interest attached, or are the most pressing, it may be a good move for you to consider.
By having just one loan to service rather than several it should be easier for you to maintain control of your finances and avoid negatives appearing on your credit score through delinquencies. However this will only work if you can afford the monthly payments on the unsecured loan which may itself carry a high interest rate, plus fees.
Typically, unsecured loans can be expensive, but if you apply before your credit score has fallen you will be able to obtain a more preferential rate than if you wait until your score is negatively affected. You will have the option between unsecured loans with fixed repayment terms or flexible options, but be certain to find one which has no prepayment penalties or hidden fees.
If you are using the loan to clear other debts then don’t run up new debts, but concentrate on paying off the unsecured loan as quickly as you can and maintaining and improving your overall finances. It completely defeats the objective if you obtain an unsecured loan and then continue to run up credit card bills.
Obtaining and using an unsecured loan in this way can help avoid negatives on your credit report and allow you to take stock of your financial commitments in general and take some control back. It is far better to do it before your score drops than afterwards or you will be subject to much higher interest rates on a loan.