Tools Every Homeowner Should Have
In this era of DIY, everyone needs a toolbox. Whether you are a homeowner, a renter, or living in residence in college, there will always be some work that needs to be done. No matter how much you know about renovations or home improvement projects, the right tools always make things easier. The following list is 11 tools that everybody should have in their toolbox.
1. Tape Measure
No matter how skilled you are, you always need to measure twice. If you’re looking for a sturdy tape measure, choose one with a nylon or acrylic-coated blade that won’t crack or split.
Price Range: $10-30
2. Utility Knife
A utility knife is a great basic tool to have. Cheap knives have issues like snapping blades which can cut you, or a lack of grip that makes it dangerous to handle. Make sure to grab a knife with a rubber handle.
Average Price: $15-$30
3. Claw Hammer
While there are lots of different hammers, the claw hammer is the most common and useful. Its main use is to pound or extract nails from wood. Make sure to get one with a rubber or vinyl handle to help absorb shocks and improve grip.
Average Price: $20-$40
4. Screwdriver Set
In the current DIY era, a complete screwdriver set is vital to have. Most beginner DIYers learn the hard way that just a single screwdriver won’t cut it. It’s better to buy a set than find yourself running to the hardware store multiple times to get specific screwdrivers. Find a set with both flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers in various sizes to cover a wide range of projects.
Average Price: $25-$50
While using duct tape for everything might have been okay in college, there are more appropriate types of tapes for different jobs. Each type of tape has different qualities of fabric, polyethylene, and adhesive made for a variety of uses. Duct tape and painters tape are always useful to have.
Average Price: $7-$10
6. Adjustable Crescent Wrench
Adjustable wrenches have a jaw that shifts in size, allowing them to be used with different sized nuts and bolts. As a beginner DIY-er, a full set of various sizes isn’t necessary; just one large adjustable wrench will do. Make sure to store your wrench away from any moisture to avoid rust.
Average Price: $20-$35
An assortment of hardware, the common term for nails, screws, washers, etcetera, in various types and sizes will come in handy often. To keep track of everything its best to keep them in a box with separate compartments and labels so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Average Price: $9-$11
8. Adjustable Pliers
Adjustable pliers make a great addition to your toolbox. Its angled end and grippy teeth make this tool useful for turning nuts and bolts. Pliers can also function as clamps and wire cutters and may also be called plier wrenches or locking pliers.
Average Price: $15-$30
9. Allen Keys
An Allen key is a simple tool that is used to install or remove bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets in their heads that do not fit regular screws or nails. Choose a set with various sizes to accommodate a range of projects. Allen keys are also called hex keys or Allen wrenches.
Average Price: $10-$20
Levels are used to check that any lines or surfaces are totally straight. Levels usually consist of small tubes containing liquid and an air bubble. To tell if something is straight or flat, you check that the air bubble is in the center of the tube. Most can double as a ruler or straightedge as well.
Price Range: $10-$40
A ladder isn’t exactly a tool, and it would be difficult to fit in your toolbox, but a 6-to-10-foot stepladder will allow you to reach most areas of your home. If purchasing one, make sure to check the stability and always ensure you are using it on a firm, level, non-slippery surface.
Average Price: $70-$100