So you’re a homeowner. Now what?
Now you get to set up house and tackle some of those DIY projects you hear about. This can be daunting, but not to worry, you’d be surprised how many tasks are extremely fixable with a little Google power, and the right tools.
Below is Daily Mom’s list of Must Have Tools for Homeowners.
Drill – A drill is the first of the Must Have Tools for Homeowners because pretty much every project will utilize a drill of some sort. Besides drilling holes to hang pictures, curtains, or lights, you can switch out the bits to a screwdriver and speed up any project – even putting together Ikea furniture or opening the battery packs on all those toys your kid got for Christmas.
Ladder: It goes without saying that a ladder is a helpful household tool. You’ll need a sturdy ladder at least 6ft tall for anything from cleaning your drain gutters to changing a lightbulb and don’t forget about hanging decorations!
Hammer: Every DIY project needs a hammer. Installing hardwood floors? Hammer. Hanging perfectly framed family photos? Hammer. Putting together furniture because everything comes “assembly required”? Hammer. Scaring off that opossum that’s surely more afraid of you than you are of it? Yes, even then a hammer will come in handy. Even if only to make you feel like you’ve got the situation under control.
Tape Measure – Every homeowner should have a tape measure and use it often. You’ll need one to measure where and whether your furniture will fit, how many feet of lighting you’ll need for those Christmas lights, what size blinds or curtains you’ll need, what size door you’ll need to replace the one your kids ruined etc.
Rake & Snow Shovel – Depending on your climate, you may need both, or just one. They are seasonal outdoor necessities. Don’t get stuck with a soggy mess of leaves on your lawn because you didn’t rake them up and in your own driveway on account that you don’t have a snow shovel.
Vise Grips – Vise Grips can be used as pliers, a wrench or even a clamp. Got a stripped screw that needs to come out? Break your zipper pull? Can’t get that pesky heel tap out to replace it? Grab a pair of vice grips for leverage. Your hands will thank you. So will your family if they had to deal with you and your stripped screw.
Flashlight – A flashlight is one of the Must Have Tools for Homeowners for many reasons. Your first recourse for proving there aren’t monsters under the bed, venturing into the attic, checking under the house for the source of that awful smell, and very during emergencies or power outages. Make sure you have extra batteries, and keep it someplace that can be found easily in the dark. Better yet get a few so you won’t have to go far in the dark!
Tarp – You can use it for covering anything outdoors that you don’t want to get wet, such as your grill or lawnmower. They work great for covering your flowers or vegetables to protect them in case of a frost. Tarps make sturdy, reusable floor cover as well – stick one under your kid’s craft table, on the garage floor, or lay one down before you start your next DIY project for easy cleanup.
5 Gallon Bucket – You can use this bucket to store all your other Must Have Tools for Homeowners or for another thousand possible uses. You can also buy them inexpensively at your local hardware store, usually with their logo on the side, for less than $5 which is great because you’ll need more than one.
Long Extension Cord – A long, heavy duty, exterior extension cord is useful for many things, both indoors and outdoors. You can use it for Christmas lights or powering a weed wacker. It is also great when you need to power your wet/dry vac to clean out the mess your kid has in the back seat of your car.
Ten in One Screwdriver – There are many different types of screws, and you never know which one you may run across. One of these screwdrivers has an interchangeable bits that will work with most projects. No more trying to use a flathead on Phillips Head screws.
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Crescent Wrench – Instead of having one wrench of every size, this one wrench will fit most nuts or bolts. While you may not have had much use for one of these before, you’ll need it for your DIY bathroom and kitchen projects. This will come in handy for adjusting the seat of the bike you’re probably to busy to ride.
Putty Knife & Spackle – You probably remember these items from using them often as a renter. Whether you’re tackling a big project like blowing insulation into walls, or a smaller project like fixing the door-knob sized hole the kids made in the wall by swinging the door too hard, a putty knife and some Spackle will be of use to you.
Utility Knife – A standard box cutter can be used immediately from unpacking boxes at move-in to cutting through drywall. You’ll be glad you have one of these if you have to do any rewiring in your home or simply need to cut a hole into the cardboard-like backing of your new bookshelf so that you can hide the cords to your router.
Level – You may not have thought that a level is a Must Have Tool for Homeowners, but whether you’re hanging artwork on the wall, ensuring the meatballs won’t roll off your table, or conquering basic DIY projects, you’ll probably need to use of a level.
Saw – You can either buy a hacksaw which will cut through anything (metal, or wood) or you can get a battery-powered one that can cut through anything from nails to 2x4s. These will come in handy when you need to trim back overgrown tree branches.
Plunger – Everyone knows what this is for. However, you may want to invest in two, just in case you also need to unplug your kitchen sink. Pick one with a caddy or hideaway holder so you aren’t struggling to find a place to stash it when it isn’t in use.
Fasteners – Fasteners are Must Have Tools for Homeowners because you never know when you’ll need to bust out your super glue, duct tape, or assorted sizes of screws and nails. The last thing you’ll want to do is go back to the hardware store after getting through step 17 of putting your new TV stand together only to realize you’ve lost a screw. Keep an assortment on hand and you’ll be able to make due and keep your projects on track.
Start with a pack of nails and screws. Then add adhesives such as glue and tape to your kit. Fasteners and adhesives are must have tools for homeowners because you’ll inevitably need to tape, glue, nail, or otherwise adhere something to the wall (or back together when your kid breaks it.)
Wet/Dry Vac – It’ll pick up anything that will fit down the tube, even nuts, or bolts. Additionally, since it’ll suck up water, you can use it to clear water from a plugged drain or, if you have a carpet spill, you can get down to the carpet padding, rather than rubbing or scrubbing on the surface.
Fire Extinguisher – Your home may not have one when you move in but a fire extinguisher is definitely one of the Must Have Tools for Homeowners that you’ll be glad you have in an emergency.. Smaller, portable ones are not usually rechargeable, however, a larger one can easily be serviced every couple years by your local fire department.
Broom & Dustpan – Whether you’re tackling spring chores, your toddler’s latest glitter project, or drywall pieces from your DIY insulation project, you’ll need a broom and dustpan to sweep it all up. You can get an inexpensive version of the duo for everyday needs or a more heavy duty variety like this for bigger messes. Regardless of which you choose, a broom and dustpan are must have tools for homeowners.
Heavy Duty Work Gloves – A good pair of work gloves will help protect your hands from prickly weeds or splintering lumber, and even provide a barrier between fingers and hammers if you’re a novice DIYer. They are must have tools for homeowners because they are also great to have around for light gardening, spring cleaning, or Eww – bagging the dead rodent you found in the basement/attic/garage/insert dark or unfinished area of home here.
Large Trash Can – If you are lucky enough to be provided a trash can by your municipality or inherited one from the previous homeowners who didn’t take their purchased one when they vacated your now home, it may not be ideal for home projects. A sturdy trash can come in very handy for anything from collecting recyclables to sorting through giveaway clothes, or hauling debris from gutting the closet in the guest room. Check out this one for a good option.
Work Light – Whether you want to brighten up your garage while working on a special project, detailing your car interior (because your kid threw up on the seat again) took longer than the amount of daylight you had left, or you simply want an inexpensive way to light up your patio while you sit outside enjoying the cool night air. This one from Olafus is bright, LED, and kind to your wallet.
Shammies/Towels – It’s always a good idea to have a stash of “Not the good towels!” when someone spills the entire contents of their cup, glass, or can on the carpet. They’re great for washing the car, cleaning up the variety of bodily fluids that the kids will inevitably wipe, smear, or evacuate onto your floors. Absorbent, washable towels help reduce the amount of your budget spent on paper towels and reduce your paper waste too!