As a homeowner, you know that properties require almost constant upkeep, maintenance and repair; more so, when you take pride in your home and the furnishings within it. You may not be a professional builder but, even so, there are lots of DIY jobs you can do around the home yourself. But in order to do that, you need some tools and this is why we have provided you with this guide to essential tools for homeowners.
Essential Toolkit Components
According to Dafra, an expert in Rivnut & Rivet Tools, must-have tools include:
- Screwdriver Set – a basic requirement for any DIY toolkit. Try to find one with varying sizes, a comfortable grip and which contains both flathead and Phillips heads.
- Claw Hammer – an essential component for any homeowner. Try hanging a picture on your wall without one. Rubber grips are best for grip and shock absorption.
- Pliers – a pair (or two) of sturdy pliers will get a lot of jobs done quickly from removing nails from wood to holding things in place
- Adjustable Wrench – like having a whole set of wrenches in one. Great for loosening or tightening nuts and bolts and many other things too.
- Allen Keys – very useful indeed, particularly when assembling or disassembling flat-pack furniture.
- Electric Drill – a cordless one is best as it allows you the freedom to move around while you’re working but corded ones tend to cost less. This is a very versatile tool that will enable you to drill holes, stir paint, drive screws and sand and grind. If you’re going to be drilling holes then you may also consider getting a cordless pop rivet tool or a nutsert kit.
- Tape Measure – a must-have for any DIY toolkit. You will need a tape measure for anything from measuring a window for blinds to ensuring that an item of furniture will fit in a particular space.
- Level – no more wonky wall art or crooked unsightly shelves. Yes, you can use a mobile app but a sturdy 3-4 foot metal level can also double-up as a straight edge.
- Hacksaw – cut through wood, metal or plastic but make sure you get one with replaceable blades.
- Flashlight – you should always keep one in the house for emergencies anyway but for your DIY toolkit it can be a real lifesaver. You’d be surprised how often you find yourself working in a dark corner, even during daylight. A head-lamp also leaves both hands free to work.
- Utility Knife – for opening boxes, trimming cables and even sharpening pencils, this is a really useful addition to all DIY toolsets. Again, look for one with replaceable blades.
- Duct Tape – so many uses for this that we cannot even begin to list them. Duct tape is an essential toolkit must-have.
- WD40 – a can of lubricant can do so much from silencing a squeaky door hinge to loosening up a rusty screw or bolt.
- Safety Goggles – you would be surprised how easily you can damage your eyes when doing DIY, particularly when sawing or drilling something. A comfortable pair of safety goggles can keep you safe while you go about your work.
Advanced DIY Tool Sets
Once you have assembled your essential tools for homeowners you can consider enhancing it with some other tools such as a ratcheting screwdriver, a pipe wrench, a putty knife, a set of chisels, a combination square, a stud finder, a nutsert kit or a cordless pop rivet tool, a workbench, a staple gun or a circular saw. It all depends on how serious you get about your home DIY projects and how much time and money you want to invest. Not to mention, of course, your level of competence.
Assembling your essential toolkit will cost money but you need to think of this as an investment. Your alternative is having to pay a professional to come to your home to carry out every minor repair or adjustment and that will cost a lot more. Why pay someone to do what you can yourself with a set of essential tools for homeowners?