Using a bill consolidation service can be a way to become debt free for many people. To be clear it is not a way to just write off your outstanding credit or to walk away scot free from your financial obligations. No, it is a service offered by some companies to reduce the amount of your overall credit bill. Consolidation service is the name used by many of these companies to describe a service where by they will negotiate with your creditors.
It’s an especially useful service if you’re not a home owner but you have debts that you can no longer manage. You simply let the bill consolidation service contact your creditors and agree lower monthly or weekly repayments on your behalf.
Now I guess at this point you’re thinking hey, I could do that myself. Well, yes, you could and you may succeed. But I’ll wager that a credit counselling service can do the job better. And what I mean by better is that they will get you a lower repayment schedule.
Why? Simply because they have more clout and credibility than you would have as an individual.
The main thing is to choose carefully when you’re seeking out a consolidation service to act on your behalf. Choosing wisely will usually get you a lower repayment each month and possibly a shorter term as well. However go with the wrong credit counselling service and you’ll be paying out more and for longer.
To select your company you need to look out for some important points. Do they have a good record of helping people for example? Have you been referred to them by someone you know and trust? Are they non-profit or a profit making company?
As with any other major decision you should do some checks to make certain you are doing the right thing. Ask about them at your church. Consult the Better Business Bureau and speak to your state consumer affairs representatives.
One final point to keep in mind when you start to make your enquiries. All these organizations stand to benefit by having you as a customer. That means some, if not all, will try to get you to sign up straight away. Don’t! Remember to take your time and decide with a cool head. That way you will finish up with good and worthwhile bill consolidation service.