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10 Essential Tools for New (and Experienced) Homeowners

Last updated on June 11, 2019 at 03:27 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.


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.


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.

Screwdriver Set

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

Adjustable Wrench

This versatile tool is 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

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


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. Pingback: How to Remove Wallpaper - Plymouth Rock Blog
  2. 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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