Looking for a new service provider? Do your research first.
In your hurry to get the quickest solution at the best price, it’s understandable that many of us act on impulse when shopping. There is, however, a difference between trying to find a new dress for Friday night and signing a contract for a service such as utilities, mobiles and insurance.
Whatever the service in question may be, doing your research as a consumer is essential if you want to get the best all round service for your smackeroonies. So here are a few top tips on what to look out for before you sign any paperwork.
Price comparison sites.
These days, it’s all about getting a good deal, and with the use of price comparison sites you can easily compare services like for like to see which gives you the most for your money.
Be sure to consult one of these websites to see if the price you’ve been quoted is in line with similar companies, and if not you can usually use this as a bargaining tool when negotiating a deal face-to-face or over the telephone.
Customer service reviews.
When establishing an ongoing relationship with a provider, you want to be sure that if ever you need to contact the company it is as quick, easy and straight-forward as possible to do so. And you don’t want to find out the hard way if a company’s customer service isn’t up to scratch.
If you head to an online customer service number database, many of these include ratings and reviews of the companies in question, as well as any information you should know about the company. Similarly, the UK’s biggest brands will usually rank on the Which? best and worst list to get help you get an idea of how well they treat their customers.
Read the Ts and Cs.
You know what they say, if something sounds too good to be true it usually is! Be wary of super cheap deals on services, or offers that might be worded a little too well.
If you only pay an amazingly small amount per month for the first 3 months, for example, what happens after that point?
Are you being tied into a long contract or one that’s difficult to get out of?
The small print might not look very appealing, but a quick skim read of the terms and conditions before you sign a contract will make sure that you haven’t overlooked any important issues that will cost you in the long run.
Picking out the best from the huge range of service providers can seem like a daunting task at first, but with the growth of online comparison and review sites it’s easier than ever to be a smart consumer and do your research on services before signing up.
Follow these simple rules to shopping around and feel smug as you get the best deals, with no hidden catches.
Yes, once you get the best deal, you really are allowed to feel smug!