When you own your home, things are going to break. Unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you might want to DIY. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These 10 tools will cover most of your basic projects:
- Cordless drill - A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves, hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month.
- Drain cleaner - 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’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.
- Shop vac - No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen. There are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or broken glass.
- Loppers - 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.
- Flashlight - You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace!
- Hammer - More than likely, you'll have pictures to hang requiring nails and a hammer.
- Screwdriver - From tightening screws on fixtures to removing a paint can lid, a screwdriver is a valuable tool to have around!
- Level - Even if you're not a perfectionist, a level will assist you in making sure things don't go downhill!
- Tape Measure - When buying a new rug or measuring a wall for a new piece of furniture, a tape measure will assure that you buy the right size decor for the space.
- Pliers - they're like an extra set of hands and definitely come in handy for many types of projects!
While this isn't an exhaustive list, it definitely will be a great start in filling up your toolbox. And, by the way, don't forget to get yourself a toolbox too!