Obviously, the best type of shopping is local shopping! While converting our van, we were able to do this for some things, but not all. We found ourselves going to Home Depot more than we would have prefered because our local stores didn’t carry what we needed. That said, we were able to find a local flooring shop, lumber store, solar panel distributor, and used Craigslist a boat load. We even bought our van from a local auto repair shop! Basically, everything that was a “specialty” product we bought from local stores and all of the more basic items, such as tools and hardware, we bought from Home Depot.
Home Depot allows you to return products within 90 days of purchase (some items are 30 day returns), even if the packaging has been opened. In our case, this came the most in handy with buying foam sealant, paint, silicone, or any other items that we weren’t sure how much we would need. Rather than buying what you think you’ll need, buy extra, more than likely you will need it and, if it turns out you don’t, you can just return it.
When we first started insulating the van, we found that we underestimated how much foam sealant we needed multiple times. Had we just bought a boat load to begin with, we would have gotten the bulk discount and not wasted time driving back to the store.
No receipt? That isn’t a problem either. If you bought the product with a credit card, they can usually find the purchase in their system and refund you. You just need to have some form of ID with you.
Through the Home Depot app (Android|iOS), you can view:
- Store layout
- Quantity of an item in a specific store
- Item location in the store (can also text to self)
- And many other things. . .
You can also view all of these this information online (except store layout). You just have to specify your store location first.
Home Depot’s Pro Xtra program is available for anyone to sign up for and allows you to get special discounts, purchase tracking, and many other things. When we were converting our van, we didn’t know about this program, but wish we had.