As the weekends warm up and spring barrels toward summer, chances are you’re increasingly drawn to the neon orange Home Depot sign. This is the Big Daddy of the DIY/homeowner market–offering everything from mulch and mowers to lumber, power tools, landscaping, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling products, all under one roof.
In all candor, I lean toward rival Lowe’s for my home-improvement shopping. But Home Depot is never out of mind. I’m there often enough, too. Here are the areas where Home Depot excels against other major retail outlets–and where it lags.