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Credit Repair vs Credit Counseling

Updated: Jan 27

Man looking at his computer deciding which credit help to get
Ever wondered what's the difference between credit repair, restore, and counseling.

As I told you guys before, I am big on education.

Now that I have educated myself on credit and increased my own credit score by 110 points in a little over a year.

I am on a mission to help others to do the same. I do this by trying to answer questions in my blog that I once had.

One of the more pressing questions that I have been asked lately is………

What is the difference between credit repair and credit restoration?

Honestly, I thought they were the same thing. I hope to tackle that answer for you today.

Please leave comments below if this article was helpful….. If it is and you want more, let me know!

Credit Repair

Man looking at his credit score and looking sad, because he needs help.
What is a Credit Repair company and what can they do for you?

So, let's start with a credit repair company. Credit repair companies aim to build your credit by disputing outdated or incorrect information on your credit reports, according to Nerd Wallet, author Bev O’Shea.

They follow up with the credit bureaus, checking for your results and ensuring that errors stay off your report.

The article also said that “credit repair can cost around $100 a month and take several months — with no guarantee that your credit score will be higher at the end.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m already irritated.

Another question people often ask is, “Is credit repair legal?”

The answer to that is yes, in every state except Georgia.

Now, as you will soon learn, one of my favorite places to go for financial advice is The Balance (It’s a blog that has great advice on all things money).

I particularly like the way author Latoya Irby broke down exactly what you should look for if you choose to sign up for this service.

In the article “Is Credit Repair Illegal?”, she mentioned that you want to make sure you get a contract with these companies and read it thoroughly (as you should with all contracts.) Make sure that these things are outlined in the contract.

  • Payment amount required

  • A detailed description of the services you’ll get

  • Deadline to complete the services

  • A statement that you can cancel the contract within three business days

Also, it mentions, you want to make sure that they do not ask for money upfront. RED FLAG!

Quite frankly, they really don’t do anything that you can’t do for yourself.

But if you want help because it can get a bit overwhelming, you can look into getting credit repair assistance.

It's worth looking into.

Credit Restoration

Now, what is Credit Restoration? It is very similar to credit repair. Some argue that it’s the same thing, while others say that credit restoration goes more in-depth regarding their services.

I researched them both and came across this video on YouTube, and I thought this was a good description of what the difference may be between these services, Credit Restoration Versus Credit Repair [Credit Restoration]

This video is about 2 years old, but as I scrolled down videos, many are still disputing within the credit community and standing their ground when it comes to whether credit repair and credit restoration are the same.

Honestly, I’m going to steer clear of this argument. Like I said before, you could do either of them yourself.

I understand that most people don’t know where to start, so they use these companies to give them direction.

I thought I knew what I was doing at first but had to redirect my efforts. I don’t regret this because I learned so much.

Others don’t feel like doing it themselves and would rather throw money at the problem.

My advice is, Save Your Money!

For people like me who do not have money to throw around like that, another option is to get free credit counseling.

Yes, I said, “FREE!”