Essential Tools for the Homeowner

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Essential Tools for a New Homeowner

Buying a house is a bigger investment than most people realize, and not because of hidden costs or fees. It’s because of all the things you need to buy that you never knew you needed until you bought a house. Things like garbage cans. Step ladders. Brooms. A tool kit.

You’re probably going to need tools if you’re going to live in a house, even if you have no intention of remodeling or do-it-yourself projects, even if your only project house-wise is to dial the phone to call in a repairman. If you’ve never purchased tools before, how do you know what to buy? What follows is a list of tools you probably should have in your tool kit for all the things that come up that you never knew you needed tools for.

The right tools do make a difference.  Spend the extra money for well-made tools and they will probably last as long or longer than you own your home.  

Why do I need these tools?

 Allen wrench – used to turn screws with hexagonal sockets


Cordless drill/screwdriver – good for hanging shelves, furniture kit assembly, driving screws, sheetrock

Hammer – driving and removing nails, picture hanging, building projects

Digging spade – gardening

Duct tape – temporary repairs

Extendable-handle rake – leaf raking and gardening

Glue gun – small fabric tear repair, furniture repair, picture matting, hobby projects

Ladder - 8 ft minimum - hanging curtains, cleaning out gutters, etc. 

Level – mounting shelves and pictures

Locking long-nose pliers – vise-grips for gripping screws with head broken off

Lopper – trimming tree branches and bushes

Needle-nose pliers – for small-object gripping

Open-end wrench – appliance repair, plumbing, general nut and bolt turning

Portable tool box – emphasis on the word “portable”

Pruning shears – gardening

Saw – for cutting wood, a 16"-24" utility hand saw is all you need

Screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead – available in sets of four or six different drive configurations

Socket wrench with a ratchet handle – plumbing and car repairs

Spray lubricant – freeing up nuts and bolts, lubricating door hinges and metal window slides

Tape measure – purchase a 25'x1" in a durable case

Utility knife with a retractable blade – general cutting

Wire cutters – electrical work, trimming utility wire

Work flashlight


Over the years, I have added to our home tool kit, based on various home projects.  How about you? 


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MJ Olsen

A Realtor with Moving Experience & Expertise!