Shopping at Lowe’s can provide the ultimate escape. You can spend an entire day wandering the aisles imagining your next big home improvement project, browsing the paint aisle, and contemplating home repairs. And while Lowe’s apparently offers everything from toilet seats to ceiling fans, there are some things you might be better off venturing into, where you’ll likely find more cheaper options. Read on to read the items you should never buy from Lowe’s, according to house experts.
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While browsing the aisles of Lowe’s, you might be tempted to upgrade your appliances, but that’s not your best bet. Owner and CEO by Big Easy Roofing Brian Hong says “sinks, toilets, and tiles are usually much cheaper at other home improvement stores,” like Home Depot and Best Buy.
Luke Lee, co-founder from Ever Wallpaper, think you should go even smaller than that. He says that when you’re at Lowe’s be sure to “avoid kitchen appliances, as these products are almost always overpriced and substandard”, and encourages people to buy refrigerators or dishwashers in smaller stores where customers can receive more attention.
If you are considering buying a major appliance, always be sure to shop around.
Whether you’re trying to use less water or want to create a safe play area for your pet, Michel Levy of Dirty grass warns never to buy artificial grass from a big box store. “If you are considering investing in an artificial lawn for your property, trust a reputable local turf company to purchase and install,” he advises. “Big box stores tend to carry a small selection of basic synthetic turf, but they won’t have the variety of options to meet your needs.” Levy explains that local suppliers will have better options for pet use and more durable options that will last for years to come – your pup will thank you!
On Reddit, Lowe’s employees advise against getting the brand’s credit card. A Redditor describes Lowe’s credit cards as “terrible for customers” and says “they better use their existing card.” Another commentator complained“When we were asked to get a Lowe’s card before a $10,000 kitchen renovation purchase, the 5% didn’t apply to most, even after we complained. We only saved around $150 and we only found out after we had already activated the card.”
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Maybe you are planning to redecorate, it may seem practical to have everything in one place. But before you pick up your art from the same place you buy a toilet seat, consider looking elsewhere. real estate investor and Founder of House Cashin Marina Vaamonde avoid buying wall art because “the choice of styles is very limited and the prices are not worth it”.
Vaamonde urges people to shop at stores like HomeGoods for “a wider range of options and better deals”. These accent pieces can also be boring if they have no real meaning. Swap a landscape image or inspirational quote for a painting or photograph that is meaningful to you and your family.
Looking to finish off a newly remodeled room with an area rug for a pop of color and coziness? If you want a rug for your newly painted hallway or an outdoor rattan rug to complement your new patio ensemble, think twice before buying one from Lowe’s, warns CEO of Lawn Love Jeremy Yamaguchi. “Lowe’s often uses cheaper synthetic materials to make many of its decorative pieces, so they won’t be of the highest quality or durable,” he says. Yamaguchi prefers At Home, Hobby Lobby, Wayfair and even Target for a higher quality selection.
Experts say the number one thing you shouldn’t buy from Lowe’s is home decor. interior designer and Founder of CabinetSelect Chris Alexis says it’s “not the right place” because the variety is extremely limited and “not reasonably priced, so it doesn’t add value”. Instead, Alexakis recommends shopping at Ikea for “reasonable and fashionable home decor options.” It can be tempting to finish off a space with a pillow, throw, or decorative accessories like candles and trays, but consider researching local artisans or searching online for money-saving pieces instead. buy at Lowe’s.
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