I bought a house, a few months ago, and it needed/needs a lot of work. So before I jumped in and just started buying up supplies and materials, I decided to spend a few hours in doing a little research. I’m a huge fan of Home Depot. With most of my family being in the construction trades, we always went to Home Depot (Grossmans before that but they’re not around anymore.) So I became a sort of loyalist to Home Depot. Before simply going there because that’s what I knew, I wanted to ensure I’d be saving money.
I took a basic list of stuff I needed and went to Home Depot and Lowe’s and compared prices. Both stores are equal distance from my house so I could easily go to either. I avoided big ticket items like appliances, since these types of items change every weekend and are always on sale. My list is below. Some items it was easy to compare, for example medium grade 25 foot extension cord. Some items were a little uneven, like a pull down attic ladder, Lowe’s had 300lb limit, Home Depot had 350lb, so I compared those two.
|Interior Paint, 5 gal||$125.00||$105.00|
|Exterior Paint, 5 gal||$91.00||$98.00|
|Hardwood Stain, 1 gal||$29.00||$26.00|
|Hardwood Poly 2.5gal||$70.00||$70.00|
|counter top 10′||$188.00||$104.00|
|Oak base cabinet 36″||$218.00||$155.00|
|Lightbulbs, 6 100w||$12.50||$21.00|
|Garden hose 100′||$36.00||$28.00|
|Extension cords 50′||$25.00||$20.00|
|Light fixtures, 6″ recessed||$10.00||$10.00|
|Pavers 8×16 brick, 72 pieces||$92.16||$99.36|
|Light fence 48″x50′||$56.00||$56.00|
|Mailbox, black metal||$25.00||$18.00|
|Door 36″x80″ prehung hollow||$71.00||$70.00|
|Multi ladder 17′ 300lb||$169.00||$149.00|
Home Depot is $225 less then Lowe’s for the basics. There are a couple of items where Home Depot cost more, but by far going to Home Depot was going to save me money.
Another comparison I did was to see what options were available in each store. The kitchen sink, not listed above but something we decided to buy. Home Depot has a great one we fell in love with, see it here. Comes with a nice faucet as well. We went to Lowe’s because I had a gift card, and I hoped to find a similar sink. Terrible selection. Their sink selection was small, and none came in that price range with a faucet. We were looking at spending at least an extra hundred bucks to get a decent sink. So to Home Depot we went.
I also checked out Lowe’s kitchen hardware selection. Their selection was by far smaller, and didn’t have exactly what we were looking for (brushed antique brass window sash locks). Who did? Home Depot. I ended up using the gift card at Lowe’s on some random supplies like nails and primer.
As I buy stuff, I sometimes buy the wrong item, or to many. So I need to return some items, and Home Depot’s return process is AMAZINGLY simple. Just show up with your item, no receipt required as long as you have the credit card you used to pay for it. A few scans with the reader and you’re off. Love it. I haven’t had to return anything to Lowe’s yet.
I don’t understand why people go to Lowe’s, especially the one in Woburn. Next town over in Reading, right off route 128 is Home Depot, with a larger selection and better prices across the board.
Am I a loyalist? My friends would say that I am, I attach myself to a company or brand (Coke, Ford, Microsoft, Lenovo, Starbucks, etc) and will fight for it until I die. I didn’t want to be stubborn with the house stuff, I wanted to make sure I opened my mind to any and all options, especially since I wanted to save money. It appears my loyalty wasn’t poorly placed:
Home Depot Rocks! Lowe’s Sucks!