Shoppers assume that large home improvement stores like Lowe’s LOW, +1.09%   and Home Depot HD, +0.97%   have the best prices — and they’re often right — but not always.

“In general, the big stores that specialize in home improvement are great resources to save a lot of money on big-ticket items for the home, especially major appliances, lawn and garden equipment and home repair/remodeling products,” says Brent Shelton, a spokesperson for Plus, he adds, the salespeople have specialty knowledge, there is a large selection of home improvement items, and these stores’ seasonal prices on many items are often nearly unbeatable, even when comparing them to low-cost, big-box stores like Walmart WMT, +0.55%  and Target TGT, -0.07%  and online sites like Amazon AMZN, -0.52%  .

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