Well-prepared homeowners always have a set of tools on hand to make quick fixes and address home emergencies. The perfect tool kit is easy to create; all that’s needed is a toolbox, safety gear (like goggles and gloves), and 11 tools every homeowner should have.  

11 Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

  1. Hammer. Many home projects require driving or removing nails. A 16-inch hammer with a rubber or vinyl handle for shock absorption is suggested for starter kits.

  2. Screwdriver set. Just like hammers, screwdrivers are a toolbox essential. Many different kinds of screws are used throughout the home, so homeowners will need a set of standard screwdrivers and Phillips screwdrivers in different sizes.

  3. Tape. A roll of duct tape is durable and has countless applications, like temporarily fixing a leaky pipe. Having duct tape (and scissors dedicated to cutting the sticky tape) in the home is a good idea. Also, homeowners should consider keeping painters tape on hand. It’s not as durable, but it can be used for creating floor plans or planning a gallery wall. Lastly, while technically not tape, a 25-foot-long measuring tape with a durable locking function is also recommended.

  4. Flashlight. Having a flashlight can make all the difference when the electricity goes out or when homeowners are making repairs in a poorly lit area. Homeowners should keep a durable flashlight along with extra batteries in their toolbox.

  5. Pliers set. A set of pliers can help homeowners grip wires or remove broken nails. There are many different types of pliers to consider, but a three-piece set with lineman’s pliers, diagonal pliers, and needle-nose pliers will cover a lot of home maintenance jobs.

  6. wrench and socket setWrench and socket set. Wrenches are very useful around the house and can help with appliance and plumbing issues. Consider packing two adjustable wrenches of different sizes to assist with different projects. Homeowners should also include a socket wrench set, which may be needed for putting together furniture or children’s play sets.

  7. Utility knife. The utility knife is a homeowner’s go-to tool. It can cut drywall and fiberglass insulation and remove old caulking and carpeting. Homeowners should buy extra blades, too.

  8. Handsaw. There are many handsaws to consider for a starter toolbox, but the recommended saw is the hacksaw, which can slice through metal, wood, and plastic. Homeowners will need to keep the tool sharp by replacing the blades.

  9. young couple doing home improvementsPower drill. Electric drills aren’t just for drilling holes; they come with many attachments that can sand, drive nuts, mix paint, and remove rust. A drill, the drill bits, and the attachments are a great startup kit addition.

  10. Stud finder and level. Knocking on a wall to find a stud seems easy, but it takes a trained ear. To stay on the safe side, homeowners should use a stud finder instead. After finding the studs and hanging the painting or curtains, homeowners will need a level to make sure everything is straight. A torpedo level is useful for most leveling jobs.

  11. Plunger. Clogs are practically unavoidable, so having a plunger is a necessity. There are plungers specifically designed for different functions, such as toilet clogs and sink clogs. If homeowners plan to store their plunger with their toolbox, they should sanitize the plunger after every use.

With these tools, homeowners can take on simple home projects, but it takes more than just a little know-how to do the job. Thorough research will ensure that each project is done accurately and safely. If homeowners don’t have time or just want to make sure that the project is done right, they should consider hiring a professional contractor for the task.

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