Whether you’re starting a landscaping project, or looking to update a room in your house, that first trip to Lowes or Home Depot can be intimidating if you’re not 100 percent sure what you’re doing. While these home improvement stores usually save you money, there are some products you should stay away from. Luckily, we compiled this list of things that you should definitely buy at theses stores, and some things that you shouldn’t.
1. Buy this Progress Lighting briarwood flush mount light
This ceiling trend is on trend with a lot of farmhouse style decor and is a great way to set your house apart from the typical ceiling fan light or recessed lighting.
2. Buy this LG counter depth refrigerator
This fancy fridge is a not only a great buy, but a smart one. It has a double door to easily reach refreshments, sends alerts to your phone when the water filter needs replaced, and can be connected with Google Assistant.
3. Don’t buy cleaning supplies
Though it’s easy to pick up cleaning supplies while picking up tools to renovate, studies show that there can be a more than a 5-10% markup for these items at home improvement stores. According to MarketWatch a container of Clorox wipes at Lowes costs $7 while at Target can be less than $5 on sale.
4. Buy the Aquasana shower head filter
What you may not know about your average bathroom shower head is that it’s not as clear as you think. Not to mention thought the water looks clear, sometimes it can contain substances like chlorine or even pesticides. This shower filter uses a coconut shell carbon to reduce some of these water contaminants.
5. Don’t buy the GE self cleaning electric range
Though this oven and stove top may look like a great deal, the reviews say that it doesn’t hold up to every day wear and tear and isn’t as user friendly. So maybe splurge a little bit on your next oven to make sure that it’s going to last you a while.
6. Buy this Safavieh multi-light pendant
This modern ceiling light would look great in any home. Again going back to the farmstyle decore, this would fit in nicely as a modern twist.
7. Don’t buy home decor
Though home decor is a big part of home improvement, it’s not something that you want to purchase at Lowes or Home Depot. Not only are things like framed pictures supposedly “cheap” in price at these stores, they are also cheap in quality and won’t last as long as something bought in a store like TJMaxx or HomeGoods.
8. Buy Brewster Solstice Wallpaper
Some people may argue that it’s tacky, but this wallpaper has many designs to choose from and is reasonably priced. Whether you’re looking for something bold or something to simply spice up one room, this is a great option.
9. Don’t buy grilling accessories
Grills: yes. Spatulas: no. Similar to large appliances versus small appliances, grilling accessories can be marked up much higher here compared to Walmart or Target. The same Grill Buddy 20 piece set was marked at $35 at Home Depot and $24 on Amazon.
10. Buy house plants
Every home needs to be spruced up with some plant life so one thing that is always goof to buy at home improvement stores is plants. Sansevieria is a great plant to give some life to your home.
11. Buy basic food containers
Though you may be thinking that theres nothing wrong with storing your favorite cereal in the bag and box that it came in, but these are generally a good investment. They keep your food fresher longer with their sealed tops and you are able to clearly see when you are running out of something.
12. Don’t buy small appliances
Home improvement stores are a great place to buy large appliances like refrigerators or washers and dryers because a savvy shopper can usually find these items on sale or find mail in rebates taking hundreds off the sticker price. However, small appliances tend to be more expensive here than at club stores like Costco or online. For example, the popular KitchenAid food processor was priced at $179.99 at Lowes, but online on Amazon was only $143.68.
13. Don’t buy velvet hangars
Though these may look nice, they are not a good investment. Often times they are costly to buy, but cheap in quality not to mention they are dust magnets that don’t hold your clothes as well as a grip plastic hangar.
14. Don’t buy batteries.
Home improvement stores make it so easy to pic up a package of batteries at the checkout of their stores, and it’s an easy thing to look past if you’re purchasing tools that require batteries. Experts from MarketWatch say that your best bet is to purchase packs of batteries at warehouse stores like Costco, where you can get the most bang for your buck.
15. Buy the Pro-Lab Mold test kit
Everyone is aware of how easy it is for mold to grow in your home, whether it’s in a damp basement or your family bathroom. Mold growth can can cause a lot of health risks, so an investment in this home testing kit is a great idea.
16. Buy all purpose cleaning vinegar
Not only is this s cost effective way to clean your home, it’s also a great natural alternative to chemical cleaners.
17. Don’t buy storage bins
These are similar in price at Walmart, however experts say that it’s better to store things so that you an see them. Throwing a bunch of stuff in these pins and calling it cleaning up isn’t the way to go. The best purpose that these serve is storing holiday decorations and storage for moving.
18. Buy Honeywell True HEPA air purifier
This one high quality product that would be a great investment if you have any concerns about in home air pollution. Not to mention everyone should have a humidifier in their home and this is a good option.
19. Don’t buy the Whirlpool top-freezer refrigerator
Business Insider mostly describes this as a ‘do not buy’ because of the look. This unflattering beige color will make your home look older than it is and isn’t really the best choice when it comes to the smaller sized appliance.
20. Buy tiles
Lowes has an impressive stock of tiles, everything from porcelain to ceramic, they have a wide variety. For those of you who struggle making decisions, the store also offers a try before you buy deal to see what the product will look like in your space before you commit to itAnd let it be known that these can look good in places other than bathrooms, like kitchens and fireplaces as well.
21. By HGTV paint from Sherwin Williams
This may seem like an obvious one since a majority of people have been to Lowes or Home Depot for paint, but this brand needed to be included in this list. Not only is the HGTV line by Shewin Williams affordable, but it also has so many options for you to choose from from color to finish options.
22. Don’t buy other flooring
Though it seems home improvement stores would be a great place to start a flooring project, some experts from business insider say that getting these products is a big no-no. Since flooring is such a commitment and something you want to last a long time, typically the stuff that Lowes sells isn’t going to cut it. Get it from a reputable seller, know what you want, and always ask questions.
23. Buy Rev-a-Shelf
These shelf inserts are like getting custom cabinets for a fraction of the price. Instead of redoing your cabinets when you run out of space or you don’t have the layout that you want, invest in Rev-a-shelf to add space and get the look you want.
24. Buy Glad contractor trash bags
This product may be one of the best that you can purchase at Lowes. These massive 42 gallon, heavy dudty bags are perfect for whatever task you have to throw at them. Say your cleaning out an old house and just have a ton of garbage, the durability of these is the most reliable. And if you are ever moving, forget about boxes and use these to sort and transport cloth’s and items either to a new place or the donation box.
25. Don’t buy Style Selections fabric bin
Nothing could make your room look more like a college dorm than having an array of these in your home. Not only are they not good decor, but the tapered bottom of the bin makes storing things more difficult since things don’t really fit evenly, something that you wouldn’t think about at the store.
26. Buy outdoor furniture
Between Lowes and Home Depot, these stores carry a large variety of outdoor furniture while still remaining affordable. If you can’t find what you’r looking for at one store, chances are they have it at another, taking out the hassle of having to ship items to your house or worse- assembling them yourself.
27. Buy RGI natural fiber bin
Unlike the fabric bin we already talked about, these natural fiber bins are a bit more classy, while maintaining maximum room for storage. The great thing about these is that since they are slightly more shallow, things can’t get hidden in them and forgotten about.
28. Don’t buy round laundry hampers
These organizers are not a space maximizer and don’t fit well in any room they are placed in due to their size. And again if you don’t want your place looking like a college dorm, stay away from these and get a traditional hard sided laundry hamper.
29. Buy the Dyson V10 motorhead cordless vacuum
There are so many amazing reviews on Dyson vacuums it would be silly not to own one. This one in particular, works as a regular vacuum that can handle all the carpet in your living room, but can also break down and fit into those hard to reach places like behind the TV stand.
30. Buy a metal retractable clothesline
The beauty of this prodect is that you can attach it to any wall. It saves space and is a natural way to dry clothes so that you end up with your summer favorites being shrunk in the dryer.
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