Tools Every Homeowner Needs

tool box for homeowners

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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