All homeowners are going to have to perform some modifications are simple fixes around their home at some point, whether they expect it or not. When it comes time to do a job, whether it’s hanging up a picture frame to show off man’s best friend or just doing a quick fix to prevent a pipe from leaking until a professional plumber can take a look at it, every homeowner needs to have a toolbox handy to do their own repairs around the home. But what should a homeowner put in that toolbox? Here are some of the essential tools everyone should have ready to use in their home.
The Basics: Hammers and Screwdrivers
When people think about a toolbox, their minds automatically go to hammers and screwdrivers. These are useful for just about any maintenance project that can be required around the home, so no toolbox is complete without them. It’s common to find screwdrivers sold in sets with different sizes and tips, and getting multiple screwdrivers is recommended because they aren’t one-size-fits-all, so try to find both Phillips and flathead screwdrivers in a few sizes in order to be prepared. When it comes to picking hammers, homeowners fortunately don’t need to worry about many different varieties—just a normal metal hammer and maybe a rubber mallet for more sensitive jobs.
For Saving Walls: Spackling and a Putty Knife
The worst part about hanging up pictures on walls is how nails leave holes in the wall. While this may be a little bit annoying in a single family home or condo, it’s possible that people living in apartments may find that the landlord has a problem with nails and the holes they create. Fortunately, a tiny hole in a wall doesn’t mean that the wall is damaged forever. Keeping some spackling and a putty knife around is an easy and cost effective way to preserve a wall after deciding that the family photos really didn’t look that great hanging over the mantle. All that needs to be done to fill holes is spread some spackling over them, sand it flat, and paint it to match the rest of the wall. No need to replace the drywall.
For Quick Fixes and Big Painting Projects: Tape
Everyone has heard the jokes about fixing anything and everything with duct tape, but when something breaks unexpectedly and needs to be held in place, a roll of duct tape can be a lifesaver. However, there’s more to household tapes than just duct tape. Homeowners should also be sure to carry electrical and painter’s tape for the jobs that duct tape can’t handle.
Electrical tape can be good when the homeowner discovers a stripped wire on an old appliance or something similar. Wrapping it up in electrical tape will make it safer until the wire or whatever it’s attached to can be professionally repaired or replaced. And with painter’s tape, homeowners who want to personalize their home by painting the walls. Painter’s tape is more akin to masking tape that goes on and comes off easily in order to protect walls and help the homeowner ensure a crisp edge when they paint.
Basic Home Maintenance Skills New Homeowners Should Develop
After moving into their first home, many new homeowners start to develop maintenance skills to help them take care of their property. People who have been renters all of their life must learn to:
- Fix a drippy faucet.
- Replace the toilet tank parts in a running toilet.
- Install shelves, blinds and curtain rods.
- Patch up holes in drywall.
- Paint interior walls.
Most of all, homeowners must become comfortable with learning new things. Finding trustworthy online tutorials helps. Some homeowners will ask friends or handy family members to show them what to do.
Starting small is an important part of learning to take care of a house. Many new homeowners start out hanging pictures and painting interior walls. They graduate up to replacing plumbing parts, which can be far trickier.
While this is no means the limit on which tools new Superior homeowners should keep in their toolbox, these are some of the most essential entries. It can also be helpful to have things like wrenches, levels, stud finders, measuring tapes and rulers, and even handsaws. Try taking a walk through a local hardware store to see what’s available to make the perfect toolbox.