Tools Every New Homeowner Should Own

The Essential Toolbox For New HomeownersAll 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.

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. Hammers are extremely useful around homes, but they aren’t well suited to every job that requires pounding. Because of this, homeowners should purchase a rubber mallet as well in order to take on more delicate tasks like putting furniture together without breaking the wood or causing other harm to the pieces. It’s always good to have options, so a mallet is a good addition to any toolbox.

When putting together furniture or just trying to get at the battery inside a toy or remote control, screwdrivers are a must. However, the problem homeowners run into when trying to choose which screwdriver to buy is the sheer number of different shapes and sizes available.

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. Some kits have some of each, but others only have one or the other. Be sure to get either one kit that has both or two exclusive sets.

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 Getting at High Places: A Step Ladder

While a step ladder may not actually be able to fit inside a toolbox, it’s still an invaluable tool to have on hand in a home. Not everyone is naturally tall enough to reach every shelf or replace lightbulbs when they start flickering. A step ladder can be used to reach higher while dusting, painting, rearranging cupboards, hanging pictures, and more. And if the homeowner gets one that is foldable or collapsible, it can be put away in a closet where it doesn’t take up very much space.

For Quick Fixes and Big Painting Projects: Tape

5 Essential Tools All Homeowners Must HaveEveryone 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

While electrical tape may not seem very important at first, it’s important to take into consideration how many electronics are used every day. From microwaves to TVs to video game consoles, a lot of the things people rely on throughout the day require a plug and electricity. The biggest problem with this is when the plastic casing around cords gets old and breaks, exposing the wire inside. Instead of throwing out the entire device, it’s much more economical to wrap some electrical tape around the broken part so it isn’t a danger to anyone or anything that accidentally touches it.

Painter’s tape is the new best friend of 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. It's also useful for temporarily demarcating lines, such as when planning renovation projects, because it's designed to be easy to pull up.

For Seeing What You're Fixing: A Flashlight (Or Several)

Many different sources will tell homeowners that they should always have at least one flashlight on hand. Not only are they helpful in case the power goes out unexpectedly or during a natural disaster, but they also come in handy for everyday problems. They can be used to illuminate dark cupboards to look at pipes to check for leaks or in dark basements where a little extra light is necessary to see clearly. Homeowners should always include a flashlight as part of their toolbox, and a couple of others around the home just in case.

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. 

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