I visited Home Depot and Lowe’s to compare the two home improvement giants.
Home Depot is targeted at professionals, while Lowe’s aims for DIYers.
Home Depot continues to have higher sales.

Home Depot and Lowes are home improvement competitors who’ve both benefitted from the boom in renovations over the last few years. I visited both to see how they compare.Claudia Teyssandier, Zillow Offers Renovation Estimator, and J Myers, Zillow Offers National Renovation Manager, evaluate a home for a possible purchase by Zillow on August 20, 2019 in Lauderhill, Florida.

Home Depot just reported a successful quarter with nearly $39 billion in sales, surpassing analyst expectations.

Source: CNBC

When I visited in the spring, the parking lot was busy on a Tuesday afternoon, and as I walked in I noticed a sign directing curbside pickup customers.

Many retailers, including Home Depot, added or expanded curbside offerings that experts credit with helping them survive the pandemic.

Source: Insider

Walking up to the store, I was struck by how much greenery was everywhere, from flowering plants to vegetable seedlings.

Home Depot, at least at my location, essentially doubles in size in the spring, when the nursery spills outside into a large uncovered area, plus the gardening section and in front of the store.

Home Depot is typically associated with home improvement, but there was plenty to look at for a completely non-handy person with a green thumb.

Plants were arranged by variety and growing zone, which is helpful for anyone from experts to novices.

The rows and rows of plants looked nearly endless.

The planting season is important for Home Depot, especially with customers trending towards trading up for more expensive garden purchases in the third quarter, EVP of merchandising Jeff Kinnaird said in the call.

As you walk through the patio plant area, you enter the garden section, which is covered but still open to the outside.

That section stocks all kinds of gardening supplies, like pots, fertilizers, and garden hoes.

That section also contains mulch and other landscaping supplies.

The garden center also has its own cashier, so customers only interested in the outdoor area don’t have to go in the main store.

Next I walked into the main part of the store.

Source:: Business Insider

      

I visited the two biggest home improvement chains in the US, and I saw why DIYers and professionals have different preferences

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