Rumor has it that checking your own credit could hurt your score. This is totally FALSE!  Reviewing your credit report via a trustworthy site like ScoreShuttle is considered a soft credit inquiry and will not affect your score.  However, a hard credit check actually could.  Not sure which is which? Here’s how to easily spot the difference between a soft and hard credit check.

Soft Credit Checks

A soft credit check typically occurs when a consumer, such as yourself, checks your own credit – or when your credit is pulled as part of a background check. Depending on the bureau, a soft credit inquiry may show up on your report, but should not affect your actual score. Here are some common examples of a soft credit check:

  • Checking your own report and scores
  • Employment-related background checks
  • Pre-qualifying quotes or offers

Hard Credit Checks

Unlike soft inquiries, hard credit checks could have a negative impact on your score. Especially if you have several pulls over a short period of time. A hard credit check typically comes from a lender when you are actively applying for a new line of credit. Here are some examples of hard inquiries:

  • Loan Application
  • Mortgage Application
  • New Credit Card Application

Depending on the provider, credit checks for insurance, utilities, and cell phone service could go either way. If you’re not sure which type of inquiry a company may perform, just ask.  In order for a hard credit check to be conducted – you, the consumer, would need to give your permission.  For best credit results, try to limit the number of hard inquiries you agree to.

Disclaimer: The content provided is for informational purposes only and not to give advice or guidance on credit improvement.