Disclaimer- I am making money for posting this, not a lot but I want to be transparent, I would not feel the slightest bit inclined to make money from this unless I truly had good feelings about it.
I wouldn’t normally do this but… wait, no I would! So I got an email in my inbox that says I will get money if I post this ‘ad’ on my site with a bit of nice info about Lowe’s. If I didn’t have anything nice to say I wouldn’t do that, wait, I just might but then I don’t think they would want to pay me if it wasn’t a positive post… Lowe’s is just lucky because I have nothing but nice things to say about them! And also, I happened to find this ‘ad’ extremely helpful, so watch it, you might find it handy too! I can think of a few times in my build that that would have been REALLY handy to know (I realize there are several versions that may come up and I really have no idea which one will but I am hoping its the ‘how to get a stripped screw out with a rubber-band, I WISH I had seen that sooner). I digress…
When I started out this build I was so dead-set against using ‘big-box stores to source my materials. I even did a post on the financials behind it, let alone the ‘buy local’ reasons. Now that my build is all but complete I have a different outlook. I would guess that 70% of all items I paid for came from Lowe’s. First of all, it would be nice to ‘shop local’, if I didn’t have a job (or two) throughout construction. The hours those local stores keep are usually about the same as the one’s I keep in my day job so I found it really difficult to get over to them most of the time. I found that the savings wasn’t really worth the time it took away from working sometimes, there is something to be said for convenience. Second, supporting Lowe’s (or other big box stores) is still supporting your local community. It also happens to help the corporation who you just hope is responsible with their investments and gives back to the community in turn. Fact is though, those people that I have got to know through my build ARE my community. Lowe’s has given them the opportunity to earn a living and have the life they want. Believe me, I have got to know quite a few people at Lowe’s and I have not once heard a complaint about their employer, I find that fairly impressive.
Just for a little comparison sake too, in my region, I have found the staff at Lowe’s to be heads and shoulders ahead of the staff at their competitor (the orange place). I have rarely asked a question at Lowe’s and been unable to find help toward a solution, I can say the exact opposite about the orange store. That may very well be regional, I don’t know but that fact combined with the last two trips to the orange store involving witnessing huge racial slurs from an employees to two different customers and shotty products which have mostly had to be returned, I am a Lowe’s fan over the Depot by a lot. Again, I am sure this could just be regional or perhaps Lowe’s actually does have higher standards and offers better training, I don’t know. I guess my point is just to give a different perspective. A lot of people building tiny are the same people who eat lots of vegetables and are big on supporting your own community, I would argue that supporting Lowe’s is still supporting your own community. I would love to hear/have a discussion on this in the comments if you feel so inclined? What are your thoughts about using big box stores for your house? Have you/will you? Why or why not?
My only complaint to date is that Denny got kicked out the last time we were in, (both Lowe’s and the Depot allow pets, is that just this region or do other people get that too, I have heard that some people don’t get to do that where they live???). As it turns out there was a dog fight just a couple days before and they were worried about having that be a trend. Safety of animals matters to these guys, huh, weird! (I’m sure there is liability too, but still, it was nice to have a place to take your pet in instead of leaving them in a hot car while it lasted)
So that is my two cents on Lowe’s and tiny houses, they have been an exceptional resource for me!
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