When moving into a new home, you want some basic tools around the house. Even if you don’t plan on any major renovations, you’re going to run into situations where you wish you had some basic tools. If you are planning on renovation work, you definitely want these items around. Without them, you may find yourself learning what it is like to break a water line, but not have the tools to fix the leak or shut off the main. That’s a story for another time…
10 Tools You Need
1. Cordless Drill & Drill Bits
If there is one thing every homeowner should have, this is it. It is worth spending the money on a drill. It will come in handy on almost every project you do, and make simple tasks like assembling furniture or hanging paintings that much easier. The Black & Decker drill I picked up was only $45, and is linked in the image above. I also recommend getting an extra battery while you’re at it.
2. Adjustable Crescent Wrench
Pick up a couple cheap crescent wrenches to start. You can use these adjustable wrenches to grab onto items you may not have the tools for yet. This comes in handy if you need to remove a nut/bolt, and just need a quick solution.
Everyone needs a hammer! If you plan on hanging artwork or knocking some holes into a wall, they always come in handy.
4. Tape Measure
You may surprise yourself with how often you use this. You may also surprise yourself when you start pulling out a tape measure in local stores while shopping for furniture and appliances. Knowing the measurements of your home, and especially things like doorways, can be very important when first moving in.
5. Utility Knife
Another item that is just handy to have around. If you plan on doing any painting, make sure to use this when removing painter’s tape from a wall, or you may end up pulling same fresh paint off with the tape. Great to have when you get another package that seems impossible to open.
Just get yourself a small set of screwdrivers. You should already have a drill for heavy lifting, but occasionally you will need a gentle touch. When installing delicate items like outlet covers, you want to be working by hand.
Again, just a basic set will do. It is always good to have a set of needle nose pliers around as well for smaller projects.
You can judge for yourself how soon you will need a ladder. Having at least a step stool will do, but at some point you are going to want to have a ladder around the house to make your life easier when you need to access the higher points of your home.
When you start with basic projects, you’re going to want a way to cut through different materials. A hacksaw is a great starting point for cutting smaller items, and you can get different blade types for different materials. I also recommend upgrading to a circular saw as soon as you need to start cutting larger items. A hacksaw will always come in handy around the house, even after you upgrade.
10. Safety Gear
Make sure you have basic safety gear around. A pair of safety goggles, gloves, and earplugs will take you a long way even as you start upgrading into power tools. If you do decide to upgrade to any power saw, including a circular saw, these are a must have.