Tools For Homeowners 8 Must-Have Tools

As every homeowner knows, there’s always something that needs to be done. Having the right tools can help make getting those things done more effectively and your life more manageable. If you’ve ever taken a trip to a hardware store or visited a hardware store website, you know that thousands of tools can be yours for the price. Luckily, you only need a few tools in your toolbox to handle most home repairs and projects.


8 Must-Have Tools for Your Toolbox


To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of the essential tools every homeowner should have. Of course, if you’re a seasoned handyperson or DIYer, there may be other, more advanced tools you may want, but these are the basics:



Whether you’re trying to decide where the new couch will fit, or you’re taking measurements for those new kitchen cabinets, a tape measure is an indispensable tool. Models that can measure at least 14 feet are best. Make sure to get one with durable features, such as the measure’s tang (the hook at the end of the tape), locking mechanism, and belt hook.



From hanging pictures to construction, hammers are real workhorses. Depending on the size, age, and other features of your home, it might be a good idea to fill your toolkit with more than the classic, all-purpose claw hammer. For example, rubber mallets are great for tamping down flooring or working on anything you don’t want to dent. Sledgehammers are the way to go for many outdoor jobs. Whatever the hammer, always look for a head whose weight feels appropriate—not too heavy and not too light—and with a handle that is comfortable and unlikely to snap or shatter.



There’s no better tool than a level to make sure no items slide off of the shelves you just installed. And don’t forget those window treatments you don’t want to look like they are a crooked display in a funhouse. Get one with an anti-slip functionality.



The jaw of an adjustable wrench can be set to any width within a fixed range. To a novice, that may sound complicated, but it’s not. All you have to do is spin a dial, and the wrench’s jaw will open or close. A wrench can come in handy when you’re installing those new bathroom fixtures. You could even splurge and go for a set of fixed wrenches instead, but if you prefer to keep things simple, an adjustable wrench is the way to go.



A flashlight can be your best friend if a home maintenance project takes you into dark places, like crawl spaces, attics, and basements. It’s also a good thing to have on hand if you lose electricity. In addition to your primary flashlight, consider a hand-crank or wind-up model, so you don’t have to worry about a dead battery in an emergency. Once you find the flashlight model you like best, another good idea is to buy a second one to keep in your vehicle in case of a roadside emergency.


  • PlIERS

Pliers are a versatile hand tool that extends your grasp, bending, and cutting abilities. Add a set to your toolbox, or go with basic adjustable pliers to tackle projects like fixing your garage door or replacing your toilet fill valve.



A cordless drill equipped with bits is suitable for drywall, wood, masonry, and metal would be ideal, but a standard drill set will work just fine for most homeowners’ needs. With a collection of driver bits, your cordless drill can double as a power screwdriver. Just remember to keep your drill fully charged.



Every toolbox needs a selection of screwdrivers or at least one with interchangeable heads. An assortment of large and small flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers will cover just about all your homeowner needs.


That list of basic tools is an excellent way to start. There will be times when you don’t have the right tool for the job in your toolbox, but these items will get you started and take care of most projects.

The Re-Store Warehouse is a great place to find products for home improvements at a great price. As a bonus, your purchases help support the less fortunate of Cumberland County while promoting our environment’s sustainability.


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