If you have trouble managing your debt on your own, you’re not alone. Many people go to a debt consolidation company to help deal with creditors and lower their debt payments. Before you hire a company, make sure you get some information to help you choose.
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Look at the company’s reputation. Check with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) to find out if other consumers have made complaints against the company. Several unresolved complaints against a company is a sign that they don’t follow through on their promises to customers. No matter how much you may want to go with a company, it’s best to move on when their BBB standing isn’t acceptable.
Make sure the company offers different services. A good debt consolidation company will do more than combine your debt payments; it will also give you sound money management advice. Look for a company that will help you learn to budget and stay out of debt as well as work with your creditors to reduce your debt.
Choose a company with reasonable prices. Debt consolidation companies should charge reasonable fees for the services they provide. They also should be upfront about the fee. If a company hides details about the cost of their services, be suspicious. Ask about having your fee waived or reduced if you will have a hard time paying it.
Watch out for scams. Unless you have a lot of money, debt management will not be a quick fix. Stay away from debt consolidation companies that offer those “too good to be true” solutions to your debt. Expect to send affordable monthly payments for two to five years to get your debt paid off. Anything other than that is a watch-out.
A lot of debt consolidation companies take advantage of vulnerable consumers. Take your time and look for a good company to keep from becoming the victim of a scam.