When you own your home, things are going to break and there’s no landlord to call. Unless you want to get to know your local handyman REALLY well, you’ll have to fix at least some of the basics on your own. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. A simple toolbox with a few staples will go a long way, and may even release your inner DIY-er! These five tools will cover most of your basic projects:
A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. You can get a small drill at any hardware store, and a good set of drill bits means you’ll always have the right size drill for the job. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month. My drill is a lifesaver when it comes time to clean out my Cadet heaters. With one in every room, taking them apart and putting them back together can be done in a snap!
Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they can get expensive, and it’s more cost-effective to prevent clogged drains in the first place. Instead, you can pick up some drain hair catchers for your shower/tub. If you do get a clog, a plastic drain clog removal tool is great to have in your arsenal. It’s a little plastic stick that pulls up the hair and clog in one easy step. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.
No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum. Shop vacs can be found at any home improvement store in a variety of sizes. A small one should suffice for most homes and can be purchased pretty cheaply.
Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some loppers to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard. Any sort of clippers are good to have, but I find that a strong set of loppers can tackle a variety of jobs, and even decent quality ones will cut through branches much more easily. I have a huge yard to tackle, and having solid yard tools turns gardening from a chore into a nice afternoon outside!
You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your phone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace! Aside from that, it’s a good idea to have a few bright flashlights around the house and even a lantern or two in case of a power outage. Make sure you’ve got some extra batteries as well!
What other tools have you found essential as a homeowner? Let us know in the comments!