Tools Every Homeowner Needs

When you’re renting and something goes wrong in your place, you just call the landlord (or maybe your dad) to get things fixed.

As a homeowner, you need to step up your game. Repairs are inevitable—but that’s not all. You’ll also need tools for seasonal maintenance and improvements.

If there’s a first time homeowner in your life, consider this your go-to gift list. If you are yourself a first timer, put these items on your shopping list (or housewarming gift registry) and you’ll be all set.

The basics

  • Safety gear (gloves, ear plugs, safety glasses, face masks)
  • 25-foot retractable tape measure
  • Philips/flathead screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Medium-weight hammer with a rip claw
  • Utility knife
  • Hardware, such as nails, screws, bolts, drywall screws, and picture hangers
  • Adjustable wrench (especially useful for plumbing projects)
  • Plunger
  • Needle nose, slip joint, channel lock, and wire cutter pliers
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Power drill or impact driver and drill bit/set
  • Handsaw
  • Extension cord
  • Wet dry vacuum (it works wonders for spills on white carpet)
  • Hex keys/Allen wrenches
  • Socket set
  • Ladder
  • Reciprocating saw (if you're more ambitious than most)
  • And finally …. a good toolbox to keep it all organized

Outdoor-specific tools

If you're in a condo or townhome, you might be able to skip some of these tools. But if you have a yard of any size, use this list to get ready for all four seasons.

  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Hose with sprayer attachment
  • Push broom
  • Outdoor trash can with a lid
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Snow shovel
  • Garden shovel
  • Rake
  • Lawnmower
  • Trimmers
  • PVC pipe cutter (for all your underground sprinkler system repairs)

Finishing touches

Even with a full set of tools, you still may need a great handyman (or your dad) on call for help and advice. I know I do!

We also recommend honing your search engine skills, as there are many how-to videos and articles out there on basic household repairs.

Good luck, and stay safe out there!

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