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10 Essential Tools for New (and Experienced) Homeowners

Last updated on October 11th, 2018 at 03:13 pm

If you’re a first time home buyer, or even just a DIY renter, you’ll need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves to tackle projects around the house.

Get ready by assembling a toolbox filled with the most essential tools to get simple jobs done. Here are the most frequently recommended beginner tools from homeowners at Plymouth Rock. Keep in mind, this isn’t a comprehensive list and make sure to always put safety first.

Pliers/Needle Nose Pliers

Get a grip with a good pair of pliers. If you need to bend wire, pull carpet staples or tightly grasp anything else, this will be your go-to tool. If you plan to use them for long periods, look for some with rubber-coated handles.

Tape Measure

Measure twice, drill/cut/nail once. If you’re fractionally challenged, look for models that have fractions printed right on the tape.

Level

Hang pictures and shelves straight as an arrow with this tool. You’ll have a couple of options: the classic bubble level or a laser level. Bubble levels will likely be the less expensive option, but laser levels will give you far greater range.

Hammer

Can you image a toolbox without a hammer? Hanging pictures, taking doors off their hinges, pounding in finishing nails and securing paint can lids are just a few of the many, many tasks for which you’ll use your hammer. You’ll see several different types of hammers at the hardware store; go with a classic claw hammer.

Screw Driver Set

Just like your hammer, a screw driver set is absolutely essential. Look for a set that includes both flathead and Phillips head drivers.

Adjustable Wrench

A versatile tool that’s helpful if you’re trying to loosen a garden hose from the spigot or shut off utilities, like gas.

Stud Finder

If you’re hanging a heavy object on a wall, you’ll need to secure it to something. Unless you still have those X-ray specs from your childhood, a stud finder is your best option. You’ll typically be using this along with your hammer and level.

Putty Knife

A must if you’re filling old picture holes and wall dings with spackle. It’s also an excellent tool for removing wallpaper.

Drill

Pick up either a cordless or corded one. If you don’t plan on using your drill often, go for a corded model and a nice extension cord.

Allen Wrench Set

If you’ve ever put together (Swedish) furniture, you’re familiar with these tools, which are also called Allen keys or hex keys. Look for a set that has a few various sizes that are bound together like a pocket knife so you don’t lose them.

That’s our list of basic tools. But, let’s hear from you: what other basic tools to you find most useful around the house? Let us know in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “10 Essential Tools for New (and Experienced) Homeowners

  1. Nice list. I think for tool #11, I would recommend a second power drill – have one standard power drill and one hammer drill, alongside a decent set of drill bits and screwdriver bits. It’s useful to be able to keep a drill bit in one and a screwdriver bit in the other to make projects go faster. I’ve found that a lot of the time you use both, for example if you drill a hole for a drywall anchor and then screw a screw into the anchor.

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