Build Your Credit Score in Five Minutes

Want to know how to build your credit score in just five minutes?
I’ve got an easy tip that you can accomplish in about five minutes…
Ask your credit card company to increase your credit limit. This will lower your utilization rate and, as a result, help you build your credit score.
You see, the credit-scoring bureaus place a lot of emphasis on your balance-to-limit ratio (also known as your utilization rate). The lower your balance as a percentage of your limit, the higher your credit score will be. Credit bureaus prefer that your utilization rate is never higher than 30 percent, meaning that if your credit limit is $1,000, your balance is never more than $300.
So when a credit card company increases your limit, be sure you do not increase your balance.
A lot of people worry that asking for a limit increase will hurt their credit scores. While it is true that your credit card company might need to pull your credit report, the credit inquiry will hurt your score only nominally, and only for a few months. In the long run, the limit increase (coupled with a balance that stays the same or decreases) will help build your credit score.
And in some cases, you might be able to ask for a limit increase without having an inquiry added to your credit score.
If you are worried about adding another inquiry to your credit request, ask the credit card company these three questions before making a request for a limit increase.
1. “Do I qualify for a limit increase without having you run my credit report?”
If you do, simply ask for the full amount you want your limit increased to. If the creditor wants to run your credit report, remember that an inquiry will be added to your credit report, and your score will drop slightly. Ask the next two questions and decide whether you want to take the chance or not. Like I said, if your request is granted, the inquiry won’t matter because the limit increase will help your score in the long run. But if your request is denied, your score will suffer for a few months.
2.     “Can I request the maximum increase, or must I provide you with a specific limit request?” If the creditor requires that you provide a dollar figure to which you want your limit increase, you will need to ask the third question. If not, you can request the maximum increase.
3. “If I request too much, will you deny the request completely, or will you make a counteroffer?”
If asking for too much means that creditor will deny the request completely, you might want to start by requesting a 10 percent or 20 percent increase, especially if your credit report is going to be pulled. If the creditor will make a counteroffer, request the full amount you need to raise your limit enough so that your balance is less than 30 percent.
If your request is denied, your score might drop a little due to the inquiry. But don’t worry too much about it—inquiries stay on your credit report for two years, but they only affect your credit score for twelve months. And inquiries from several months prior won’t impact your score more than a few points. Just work on lowering your balance, which will build your credit score by lowering your utilization rate.