Top Five Types of Consumer Information

From mortgage calculators and travel deal sites, to cholesterol ratio tests and even the best in beard trimmers –there’s no end to the amount of online help sites offering consumers the latest news, information, and advice. Because sometimes, second best just isn’t good enough. Today, consumers not only expect fast service but the best service, and thanks to the Internet all that information is available at the touch of a button. So here are the top five types of consumer information you need to know about. No more trial and error, and no more missing out.

Property

Buying a house is one of life’s major stresses. Thankfully, the Internet is full of handy checklists and top financial and legal advice to help reduce your stress levels as you climb up the property ladder – Citizens Advice is one of the best resources for information on buying a home. For a quick and easy estimate on the price of your property visit Property Price Advice – an independent organisation offering free online house valuations for homeowners, buyers and sellers, as well as guides on various subjects such as home surveys and equity release. Once you’ve valued your property, cut out the middleman with Houseladder. Boasting one of the largest selections of UK property, this central listings database puts buyers and sellers directly in contact as well as providing sales boards, property guides and house-price statistics.

Health

With over 80% of Internet users seeking information or advice about their health, it’s no wonder there are 50,000 organisations offering web-based help in health and social care in England alone. So which ones can you trust? The NHS Choices website is a go-to for simple, sensible advice while certified health charities such as Macmillan and the British Heart Foundation also have their own websites offering detailed information and support. To simply check your health, weight and cholesterol ratio, check out Flora ProActiv for their online cholesterol ratio test, while itsgoodtotalk.org.uk has been designed by The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) to help people find out more about counselling and psychotherapy.

Finance

When it comes to finance, it pays to shop around. There are a number of price comparison sites helping you to choose the best product or service for your budget and needs, while The Money Advice Service has been set up by the Government to provide free and impartial advice and guides to help improve your finances, as well as tools and calculators to help you keep track and plan ahead. Think you might be entitled to extra benefits? Check out entitledto, the leading provider of online benefit calculators in the UK today, or why not visit the Citizens Advice Bureau website which offers free and independent advice on legal issues, money disputes and up-to-date information on topics ranging from benefits and housing to employment rights, discrimination, debt, tax, and more.

Travel

There are a number of holiday deal sites such as Travelzoo and lastminute.com helping consumers find the best deals for their trips away, with specific air travel sites also helping holidaymakers find the cheapest flight from and to their chosen airport. Londoners will no doubt be familiar with CityMapper, a transport app that uses real-time data to guide users to their chosen destination by foot, car, bus train or taxi. Now covering Birmingham, Manchester as well as 24 cities abroad, CityMapper is an easy, effective and 100% free way to un-complicate cities and help you make an informed decision about the best mode of transport to use, and the best route to go.

Entertainment

From restaurant voucher codes to long-forgotten pop videos, there’s nowhere quite like the World Wide Web to help while away the hours. If you can drag yourself away from YouTube, deal-of-the-day websites such as Groupon are a brilliant way to bag yourself discounted tickets and up to 70% off restaurants, shops, beauty spas and more. For a real night to remember, check out DesignMyNight.com. This online event guide details hundreds of bars, clubs, pubs, pop-ups and events going on across the UK, helping you to plan and book your perfect night out.