Your credit score may decline after you pay off your debt, but this is only a short-term effect

The moment of getting rid of the debt you’ve been working on for months, or even years feels very satisfying.

If you’ve been in that situation, you’ll know that removing the loan or an enormous credit card balance may temporarily decrease your credit score. It’s a gruesome technique in the end aren’t credit cards the ultimate adversary of good credit?

There are other important elements to be considered.

Although we don’t know for certain the method by which credit score is calculated the major credit scoring agencies typically place a lot of emphasis on the same five elements. Below is a breakdown of the factors, according to MyFICO:

  • 35 percent payment history
  • 30% current debt balances
  • 15% of the length of credit history
  • 10 percent brand new credit
  • 10 percent credit mix

The process of paying off debts on credit cards or shutting the account entirely could affect credit utilization

The accounts as part of your credit report are not only credit cards but also any “installment loans” you have which include home, student auto, personal, and home loans.

The longer a credit card account is an open longer, the better in terms of the credit score. If you’re consistently punctual with payments on your accounts with a long history You’re probably in good condition financially.

In the case of credit card accounts, the credit utilization ratio — which is the percent of your credit limit you’re using has a huge influence on credit overall. Experts recommend that you aim for a ratio of between 10 and 30 percent. If you are in the middle of credit card debt, this ratio will be more. When you pay off the balances the ratio decreases.

Even even if your credit score decreases a bit when you pay off your credit card balance, it will not be long-lasting. If you don’t shut down the account and keep making timely payments on any balances that are added your score will be able to neutralize and eventually rise within a matter of minutes.

The closing of an account that is active can affect your credit record

Contrary to the credit card, however, when you make the final payment of the loan, the account will be closed automatically.

“Paying off an installment loan, particularly a large one like a car loan or mortgage, can have an initial negative impact because it creates instability in the credit history,” Rod Griffin the director for consumer education at Experian explained to Business Insider.

According to Griffin the installment loan account and its payment history will remain on your Experian credit report and will be added to the credit history for a period of 10 years following the time it is completed and closed so long as there’s no delinquency in the account. If there is a delinquency, Experian will keep the account on your credit report for seven years following the date of the initial delinquency, Griffin said.

A short-term drop in your credit score isn’t a reason to put off paying off your debt

Credit scoring agencies also consider the things you call”your” credit mix, even though it’s typically not a major determinant for the credit score.

If you own five credit cards as well as a mortgage and auto loan, then you have plenty of kinds of credit. The process of paying off one of these loans could limit your choices of credit.

However, the possibility of a temporary dip in your credit score is not a reason to not pay off your debt. The current balances on your debt (including debts that you owe and the debt that you pay each month — make up about 30percent of the total credit score, which means getting rid of them will bring more substantial benefits in the long term. Additionally the longer you carry off your debt as you go, the more you’ll have to hand over to interest payments.

Alice P. Darby