Regular maintenance is a big part of being a homeowner. Once you close on a home, you’re going to be responsible for keeping it in good condition and repairing any damage that may occur. In order to do this, you’re going to need a basic set of tools. If you’re a new homeowner, then these are the 10 tools you’ll need to handle the most basic repairs and maintenance.
A tape measure is at the top of the list for essential tools for new homeowners. You’ll be doing a lot of measuring, especially when you first move in. That includes measuring spaces for furniture, measuring windows for curtains, and measuring walls for paint. Opt for a 25-foot length tape measure, which should suit most of your needs.
A hammer is another must-have tool for new homeowners. You’ll use it for hanging pictures or even demolishing walls. Find a hammer with a comfortable grip and opt for a straight “rip” claw. You might also consider getting a sledgehammer, which can help with exterior projects where some muscle is needed.
As a new homeowner, you’ll want to get a screwdriver set. Find one that offers a variety of both flathead and Phillips head sizes. Opt for a six-piece set, or get a screwdriver with a magnetic head that lets you swap out the size and style of bit.
Once you start hanging pictures or installing shelves, you’ll be happy that you have a bubble level. Otherwise, you may end up hanging things just a tad crooked. Go for a 12-inch level which should be suitable for most small projects. If you have a little extra spending cash, then opt for a digital level that takes out all the guesswork.
Drywall anchors can be great, but nothing beats screwing something directly into a stud – especially if it’s heavy. That’s why your basic home toolkit should include a stud finder. It will help you locate the studs behind your drywall so you can screw or nail directly into them.
At some point, you’re going to try to repair something that is good and stuck. That’s why having a set of pliers can be so handy. They’ll help you with a variety of installations and repairs. Look for a kit that includes needle-nose pliers, combination pliers, and locking pliers.
Wrenches are another indispensable tool when you’re a new homeowner. They come in many different sizes and help you loosen or tighten nuts and bolts. You might also consider getting a ratchet and socket set as well as an allen wrench set (which will come in handy for assembling all your IKEA furniture).
Step stools are great for indoor projects. But you’re probably going to need to clean the gutters soon, so invest in a good ladder. Get yourself a six-foot, A-frame ladder, which will be appropriate for most projects.
Sometimes you just need a little extra muscle, which is why a drill with a variety of bits can be so useful. Battery-powered varieties make them easy to transport, but drills with cords will give you a little extra power when you need it.
Finally, don’t forget a flashlight! Sometimes you’ll need to fix something in the dark, so it’s helpful to have a few flashlights on hand. It can also be useful to have a headlamp for when you don’t have an extra hand available to hold the light.