Every now and then, I fantasize about remodeling my outdated kitchen. One day I began browsing Lowes.com to see just how much a brand-new kitchen would cost. It wasn't long before I got a pop-up message from the Website asking me to please take their latest survey. With some idle time on my hands, I thought, "Why not?"
The survey asked questions such as - How soon do you plan to remodel? and Will you hire a contractor? It also included questions to gauge my familiarity and preference towards certain brands, as well as other home-remodeling stores. While these particular questions were clearly for Lowe's to determine how they rank among their competitors and whether they were providing the right products for customers, I gleaned some information that benefited me too.
For instance, I learned that Lowe's considers Ikea a competitor. I hadn't thought of looking into Ikea's kitchen offerings, so after completing the survey, I started browsing their site. I also checked out several of the brands - many I hadn't heard of - that were mentioned in the Lowe's survey. Thanks to the questionnaire, I was able to broaden my options.
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I still fantasize about remodeling my kitchen; it's a slow, piece-meal process, but I'm happy to report that soon I'll have a new kitchen sink.