Many Oshkosh and surrounding area homeowners are encouraged by the allure of the do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that have become almost common-place on the internet. These DIY projects are often relatively simple and great projects for homeowners who need or desire updates in their home. However, many people are unsure of where to begin when it comes to shopping. Oshkosh, WI offers a great diversity in home improvement stores that homeowners can avail themselves of.
Wal-Mart: Offers low price, low quality, and low selection. Remember you get what you pay for. However, Wal-Mart does have a selection of things that you don’t necessarily need high quality. It is a good place to start for small projects. Service is friendly, but staff has no knowledge of the product.
Mills Fleet Farm: Offers low price, moderate quality, and moderate selection. While slightly better quality and a slightly better selection, Fleet Farm can be a great alternative for those who do not have a lot of money to spare. Service is friendly, and some of the staff is knowledgeable.
Menards: Offers moderate price, moderate quality, and large selection. Menards is considered the middle ground of home improvement. The service is mediocre, but you will find a great selection at a great price especially if you keep track of their almost constant sales extravaganzas.
Lowes: Offers high price, high quality, and large selection. Although Lowes is higher priced they do have some of the best quality product in the city. In addition, the staff is generally very knowledgeable. If money is not a concern, but a helpful employee is then Lowes would be the best selection.
M. Schettl Sales: Offers very low price, varied quality, and moderate selection. M. Schettl is where product ends up if it gets damaged or discontinued and the big box stores can’t sell it. Homeowners can save a fortune by shopping at M. Schettl, but buyers should beware because not all of the products are sold in usable condition. The service is atrocious, but the staff is knowledgeable when you can corner them long enough to ask questions.
Kitz & Pfeil True Value: Offers moderate price, high quality, and moderate selection. This store has a moderate selection, but the staff is friendly and they know what they are talking about. This store also offers a very wide variety of rental equipment which is a great bonus for DIY projects.