When you need a bunch of items to use for a project at home, the best place to go to is Home Depot.
As you may know, Home Depot practically has anything you can think of when it comes to home improvement needs. Here, you can find items such as power tools, patio furniture, floor fans, ceiling fans, air conditioners, artificial grass, shower curtains, shelving, dishwashers, electrical wire and so much more. And in case you and your family are on the move, there are also some storage boxes available that you can use.
Indeed, Home Depot is fully stocked with all the items you can ever think of for your home. Because of this, it’s a massive hit among consumers. In fact, according to Home Depot, it managed to achieve sales worth $26.4 billion during the first quarter of fiscal 2019 alone. Even better, that figure is 5.7 percent higher than the company’s first-quarter sales for fiscal 2018.
And while you may be going to Home Depot frequently, we bet there are some things you still don’t know about this company and its stores. Check out what we found:
20 Return what you don’t want, no questions asked
According to Home Depot, “Simply take your purchase back to any Home Depot and get your money back instantly or exchange for something else. Be sure to bring a copy of your receipt or shipping confirmation email, credit card you used for the item and valid I.D.”
Moreover, the company also said, “Most new, unopened merchandise sold by The Home Depot can be returned within 90 days of purchase unless noted in our Return Policy Exceptions.”
19 Oops paint is practically free
For home improvement stores, oops paint refers to paint that has been mixed incorrectly. Hence the “oops” in the name. Well, if the shade you’re looking for is something similar to that of the oops paint, you can end up getting some major savings.
In fact, some reports say that they are 25 to 75 percent cheaper than other paint.
18 There’s a sale on paint during a holiday
If you don’t like any of the oops paint, they have in stock, there’s another way to get a great bargain on paint. But you have to be willing to wait till a holiday season.
According to Family Handyman, the paint department gives huge savings during holidays such as the 4th of July and Memorial Day. So, on these days, you may want to go and ahead and stock up.
17 Damaged packaging means big discount
Usually, these are the slightly dented boxes or even boxes that have a tear on them already. Because they are already difficult to sell, a discount is more likely. As stated by a tip on Family Handyman, “Look for damaged packaging.
If there isn’t already a bright yellow sale sticker, ask an associate if they can give you a price discount.”
16 Coupons can get more discounts
If you want to score even more savings during your next shopping trip, you should always be on the lookout for Home Depot coupons. One of the best ways to get coupons is by searching “Home Depot coupon” on Google.
You never know how lucky you can get. Some coupons offer 10 percent or $20 off.
15 Some of its lumber may be warped
According to Family Handyman, “If you’re itching to start a project, you might be tempted to simply load up your cart and head to the check-out. But take the time to examine each piece of lumber as you select them. You’ll notice that many of them are warped, cupped, checked or otherwise damaged.”
14 Home Depot can cut wood for you
If there are specific wood dimensions that you need, Home Depot can definitely help you out. Just go ahead and approach an associate. He or she can readily cut lumber according to your exact measurements.
This way, you can just concentrate on putting your home project together.
13 You can save a lot of money on wood scraps
During an interview, Saeed Darabi of MoneyPantry told Kiplinger, “The good thing is that even the ‘bad’ pieces are usable because they are either not that crooked or cracked, or they are long and have a few feet of totally fine wood for smaller projects.”
Here you can reportedly get as much as a 75 percent discount. That’s a pretty good deal!
12 They rent out tools
If you don’t want to invest in some expensive power tools and equipment just yet, there is always an option to rent them first at Home Depot. Here, you can readily rent large equipment, power tools, indoor tools, and outdoor tools.
Moreover, you can also rent several moving and lifting equipment from their stores.
11 You can rent out an entire truck from them
Are you making a move or just hauling some stuff? Well, how about renting a truck from Home Depot to make your life easier?
The trucks available include flatbed pickup trucks, which require a $50 deposit and HD moving box trucks, which require a $100 deposit. Meanwhile, you can also rent one of Home Depot’s cargo vans for a $50 deposit.
10 You can be eligible for free delivery
According to the company, “The Home Depot now offers free delivery on over a million items online for most orders over $45.
This great value for our online shoppers means it's easier than ever to start that gardening or repair project you've wanted to get to, upgrade your kitchen appliances, or do some home decorating.”
9 They can provide you with a quote for your entire project
As you may know, any home project can end up costing you several hundred dollars so getting some savings is a good idea.
Fortunately for you, Home Depot offers bulk pricing. In fact, according to its website, “Just put your project list together then visit your local Pro Desk. We'll help you compile your order and build a quote. If you’re spending at least $1,500, chances are you can save money.”
8 The Special Buy of the Day deal is extra special
According to a report from ABC 15 Arizona, items that are featured in the Special Buy of the Day deal get a “deep discount.”
However, you need to take note that the deal is only good for 24 hours. Hence, if you really want an item, you have to come to the store and purchase right away.
7 Sales can be retroactive
So, you bought an item at full price and then the next time you go to the shop, it was already on sale. Isn’t that just annoying?
Well, according to Family Handyman, your purchase can still become eligible for a discount at Home Depot so long as you bought the item in the last 30 days. Just bring your receipt and you can claim your savings.
6 Financing deals do exist
If you’re looking to buy a big purchase and you want to manage your budget better, Home Depot can help you out with a financing deal. In fact, depending on the item, it is possible to get a zero-percent financing option for up to 24 months.
However, this more likely offered during some promotions only.
5 There is a secret language behind the price tags
According to several reports, there seems to be a secret language followed by Home Depot when it comes to price tags. For starters, any item with a price tag ending in “.06” means it's on clearance. On the other hand, if the price tag is ending in “.03,” that means the store is already displaying its lowest final price.
If no one buys the item, it would eventually be pulled out from the shelves.
4 Certain Home Depot employees are authorized to give discounts outright
During an interview Home Depot employee, Dave told Consumerist, “Each Home Depot Department Head/Supervisor has the ability to discount up to $100 without calling an assistant manager. Each Assistant Manager has the ability to discount up to $500 without calling the store manager. The Store Manager has the ability to discount up to $1000 without calling the Regional Director.”
3 The guarantee for plants and shrubs is unbeatable
According to Home Depot, its perennials, shrubs, and trees come with a one-year guarantee. Moreover, the company states, “In the event that live goods purchased online (including, but not limited to, houseplants, perennials, trees, holiday trees, wreaths, and garlands) are received damaged or dead, contact Customer Support.”
In this case, a replacement would be shipped free of charge.
2 Home Depot offers a 110 percent guarantee
Yes, you better believe it. At Home Depot, guarantee goes all the way up to 110 percent. As consumer finance expert Andrea Woroch told Kiplinger, “Home Depot will price-match any major competitor that has the same item in stock. What’s more, as long as the lower price isn’t a special or sale, Home Depot will beat the competitor by an additional 10%. So it pays to shop with them when you find a better deal elsewhere.”
1 You can haggle with them
Home Depot employee Dave once met a couple who came into the store to buy $600 worth of bathroom items. At one point, the husband claimed that he saw a particular item at Lowe’s for $40 less. Hearing this, Dave decided to negotiate a few minutes later. He told Consumerist, “I let them talk between themselves for a bit and then interjected that… I would take $40 off the total price. They looked shocked but happy.”
Sources - Home Depot, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger & Family Handyman