It sees like more and more credit restoration services are popping up by the minute. You can spot the advertisements for them online, on television and on the radio almost everyday. While I believe the awareness of credit repair and the help available to consumers is a good thing, it can also be very confusing on who to turn to.
When choosing a credit restoration service, one should always research the company's reputation. Many of the new services that are popping up mean well, but they are not as advanced as some of the credit restoration services that have been around for awhile. I would recommend sticking with a service that has been around for at least a couple years. The more you can find out about them, the better.
Do-it-yourself credit repair is another wise way to mend your credit history and can be a little less expensive. I say "can be" because if you are able to get the same results as a credit restoration service, you are obviously going to save yourself some money. However, if you are not able to get the same or better results as a credit repair service, it may end up costing you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the long run. I'm not saying that to scare you, but you should take caution when trying to attempt repairing your credit on your own.
Most websites are eager to tell you that credit restoration should be done individually by the consumer. I agree that it should be as well, but encouraging consumers to just jump right in to it without warning them of the horrible consequences that could happen is just very bad advice. The way I look at it is this: Either way you are going to spend time and / or money if you have bad credit, either by paying higher interest rates, spending the time to learn credit repair, or paying for a credit repair service to Fix it for you. It's your choice, but let it be known that sometimes when you try to skimp on things this important it can end up biting you in the end.