It does not matter how avid DIY-ers we are, we do not want to spend more time than required to shop even if we are in our dream store – Lowe’s or Home Depot. All DIY-ers know about their local stores well-enough to make sure that they can spend more time on the DIY job itself and less time on fixing mistakes of shopping the wrong items.
Which one do we like most – Lowe’s or Home Depot – in West El Paso?
Both stores are great, but we have a bias. Our bias is a result of accumulated takeaways from visiting Lowe’s and Home Depot in the westside of El Paso for the past few years. Our bias is toward Home Depot (on Mesa in the Westside near the Walmart) because we received better services from Home Depot than Lowe’s (on the Redd Rd).
Which store has more varieties, Lowe’s or Home Depot
- We like the plants/garden sections of both stores.
- The plumbing section at Lowe’s looks larger and probably has a better variety. The plumbing section was important for us because we did our sprinkler and drip irrigation systems ourselves. We purchased most of the items for those projects from Lowe’s.
- The lumber section looks richer at Home Depot in terms of variety.
- Lowe’s has a larger Paint section. However, Home Depot has more paint-finish varieties if you are looking at small DIY projects.
What made us lean a little toward Home Depot over Lowe’s?
Attendants of Home Depot do really well when it comes to finding a suitable product for a project. Most attendants can tell us which shelf may have the product we are looking for. Attendants at Home Depot do not just call over the microphone to help a customer and then vanish. They really make sure that you get the help you are seeking. One day, we spent an hour in the lumber section of Lowe’s requesting every attendant we found to help us cut a piece of wood. Each of the attendants called for help over the microphone. No one came to help. After trying an hour we could not get the wood cut. It took us five minutes to get some desired cuts of some wood pieces when we went to Home Depot.
There is a man with a beard in the Paint section of Home Depot, who answers all our questions all the times, even when we are just purchasing a sample-size paint. The paint section at Lowe’s seems too busy. Once we requested some sample-size acrylic paints in the Paint section at Lowe’s. The person who took the order told us to wait twenty minutes. When after half an hour they were not done and we enquired, another person in the Paint section told us that they had not started to work on our order yet. We had to leave because our five-year-old was already bored. Another time, we waited for close to an hour for a sample-size paint as suggested by one employee at Lowe’s, and later told by another employee that they don’t have the sample for that kind of paint.
Where do we go for acrylic paints?
Where do we go for our lumber?
What is the best time of the day to go to Lowe’s or Home Depot?
Which one is your favorite local store for your DIY projects or crafts? Do you feel more comfortable in going to one store over another? Please share your experience with us in the Comments section below.
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6 thoughts on “Which stores do we prefer for our DIY project supplies?”
I tend to favor Home Depot over Lowes as it has more selection, at least for the one here where I live. If it’s more crafty projects, such as scrapbooking, then I go for Michaels. Great post!
It is similar here too — Home Depot seems to have more selections. I also love Michaels so much for craftwork. Great to learn that towns in Canada and USA have similar options.
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I am no good with DIY
So I do prefer a handyman.
LoL. 🙂 Calling a handyman is fine too. We also call people when we find that it will be too hard for us to fix an issue. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
Must admit I don’t really have a favourite here in the UK, it’s more a case of seeing who has the best prices so I tend to shop around from a select few who tend to have a decent range. Very helpful post for those in the area to try the places you find the most efficient! 🙂
Thank so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. I absolutely agree that shopping around for the best price and service is a great idea.
In USA, businesses are so much franchised that sometimes it is hard to find an authentic local store. Moreover, the big franchised stores have great warranty and return policy. As a result, people become habituated in shopping from only a few stores.