So, you just bought a new home and moved all of your belongings in – congratulations! As you go to hang some frames on the wall, if you suddenly realize you do not have a hammer or nails to actually hang the frame, you might have a problem. Every homeowner should have some basic tools in their arsenal so that when things break they can be fixed or if you want to do some work around your home, you have the necessary tools. If you have recently purchased a home, or you know someone who has and want to get them a practical house warming gift, the tools below are some that every homeowner should have in their toolbox.
For any home project or repair, you will need a tape measure. Whether it is measuring how much space you have available when choosing appliances (tip – measure twice to ensure accuracy when measuring to order appliances) or measuring spacing for hanging photos or artwork on the wall, or doing major construction, a tape measure will be an invaluable tool.
Choose a hammer that feels comfortable in your hand and that has a claw for removing nails. Unless you get into major construction work, a simple, lightweight hammer will get the job done and you will feel confident using it.
It is wise to have two kinds of screwdrivers in your toolbox: Phillips Head and Flat Head. Many hardware stores even sell screwdrivers with interchangeable bits that have both options as well as different size bits for your various needs. If you purchase that, you should have the majority of your needs covered.
You never know when you will need a pair of pliers but they are a very useful tool. Inman points out the importance of homeowners having pliers, “We suggest three versions. Channel-lock pliers are adjustable and another multitasker used for gripping things such as nuts and showerheads (with protection of a cloth). Lineman’s pliers are also wire cutters and are the tool for twisting wire. Needle-nose pliers are good for fine work in tight places. As an add-on, vise grips do double duty as clamps.”
You may not use your saw often, but when a need to cut something arises, such as firewood in the winter, you will be thankful you have this tool readily available.
Every homeowner knows that some of the most common problems that can arise are plumbing issues. If you plan to try to handle any plumbing issues without immediately calling a plumber, you will need a wrench on hand. You may want two different size wrenches (one small and one large) for the different needs of the house.
A good cordless drill is essential for any homeowner. Whether you need to install shelves or assemble furniture, a drill will make the job significantly easier.
Nothing is worse than crooked picture frames or shelves hanging on the wall. A level will keep things in check and make your home look its best.
When there is a power outage you will be thankful that you have a flashlight ready to go. Just be sure to keep batteries in it! Flashlights are also handy for working on plumbing under the sink where it can be very hard to get enough light to see.
Knives have many uses and Home Depot explains why having a utility knife is a good idea for any homeowner, “You’ll never realize how many uses you’ll have for a good-quality utility knife until you need a good-quality utility knife. It does everything from opening heavily taped bags and boxes to cutting away carpet edges to scraping away resin or paint that may keep a window stuck. Trust us on this one.”