When buying your first home, there will most likely be some projects that will already be on your list of things to do or get corrected according to the buying inspection report. It’s a good idea to have a set of tools to help you accomplish any DIY projects to help save you money and move into being a homeowner. You can go to any home improvement store, spend hours and even thousands of dollars buying tools but I have found these 15 essential tools will accomplish most jobs on your home. These are my go to tools that are flexible enough to accomplish tasks that you need to fix any job but not break the bank or make you lug around extra tools you will never use.
- Hammer – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
Look for a heavy duty claw hammer and stay away from specialty (framing, roofing) or lightweight hammers.
- Flat Screw driver – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
You will use this screwdriver for most jobs and it is universal enough for prying, scoring and many other jobs.
- Phillips Screw driver – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
You may want to opt for a screwdriver set that has three or four sizes of Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers.
- Pliers with wire cutters – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
Pliers are one of the most useful tools and having wire cutters on the back half of the teeth will keep your tool more universal. If you want to add an extra tool to your bag you might want to consider needle nose pliers but it’s not absolutely necessary.
- Crescent wrench – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
A medium-size adjustable wrench that adjust to 3/4 inch will do the trick.
- Electrical Ground Detector – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
When working with electrical plug-ins, this will come in handy to see if it works, wired properly and/or if the GFI works.
- Voltage Non-contact detector – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
It’s always important to know if a wire is hot or not. Too many times I have turned off breakers thinking that I have the right switch and it’s still hot. Don’t make the sparks fly if you don’t have to. Make the job safe.
- Drill & Drill Bits– 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
Whether it is a cord drill or a battery powered drill this will make your job easier and faster. Make sure you also get the associated drill bits to be able to take on a variety of jobs around home.
- Flashlight – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
I personally like the strap on forehead light so I don’t have to take an extra hand and hold the light. Be sure to get the brightest for your budget. These are handy to have around for if the power goes out during some of those storms we sometimes get around the PNW.
- Measuring tape – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
A basic 25 foot tape measure should be all you need. Don’t go any smaller though, you will want the full basic length.
- Putty knife – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
Putty knives are very useful tool from filling drywall holes to scraping various items.
- Utility Knife with blades – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
A good utility knife will last forever and will help you with various items. You will use it more than you realize.
- Level – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
Sorry to break the news but your cell phone is not actually a good level (It’s only 3 inches long) so don’t think you already have one. Be sure to purchase a smooth metal 3 foot level or larger.
- Hack Saw – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
A good hacksaw will fit in your tool bag and be able to accomplish all types of sawing from wood, metal and plastic. If it’s a large job you will have to get a specialty saw.
- Tool bag – 15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs
This will keep all your tools in one spot and you won’t lose them around the house.
In addition, you might want to pick up an essential do-it-yourself home improvement book. This will be one of the best things that you can purchase to accomplish any task that you do not know how to do. “Ultimate guide Home repair and improvement” at Lowes or Readers Digest “Fix it yourself manual” are two books that I personally recommend. After all this home improvement treat yourself to a meal out at one of the Top Favorite Seattle Restaurants.
Tim the tool man will be proud of you for spending a little money and getting a great set of must-have tools. While it may be a bit of an expense now, these tools will save you a lot of money over the years and help you enjoy your house to its full potential because you won’t keep putting off fixing the problems. Enjoy your home and sense of pride in being an active homeowner. You might be surprised how much satisfaction you get from learning a new skill and being able to fix issues on your home yourself.