For some time now I have been developing a significant disliking for both Home Depot and Lowe’s, the supermarkets of home improvement. It’s because every time I visit either one – usually weekly – there is some tiny little thing that needs to be fixed. Some tiny little thing that should take a few minutes to fix, but invariably consumes the better part of my day or weekend.
In the past, if you had a plumbing problem, you would call a plumber. If you had an electrical issue, you would call an electrician. Need a new deck? Call a contractor. How about new flooring, window shades, or lights? You see, what gripes me is that these stores will have you believe you can do it all! Row after row of items and displays pitch the do-it-yourself method that sucks me in every time. It can’t be that hard!
Home improvement for many becomes a lifestyle. When we remodeled our cabin I should have rented out space at these stores and set up a tent and sleeping bag for how often I visited. So often the multiple trips were due to my attempting projects beyond my ability, and not really knowing what I should buy in the first place. I guess if there is a bright side to all of this, it’s that I have a really great metric to measure how my life if progressing: number of trips to Home Depot and Lowes in a given year.
Yes, less is better.