Few things add to the excitement (and promise of more adventure) than buying your first home. It̵
We’ve compiled a brief list of the most essential tools every new homeowner should have, from tools that make painting a little easier, to tools for putting furniture together. And don’t worry if you’re not the handiest when it comes to home improvement, it’s part of the fun and you’ll learn along the way.
A combination tool
A combination tool
It is difficult to know what small tools you will need for your new home. A combined tool set – like this 168-piece tool set from DEKOPRO – offers many basic tools that you need to complete common household tasks and repairs. Each of the tools is forged from high-quality steel and finished in highly polished chrome. They are robust and durable and protected against corrosion. The set comes in a slim, sturdy case with a handle, making it easy to carry and store.
Here is a short list of some of the most notable starter tools that are in the set, and we’ve listed some larger tools that aren’t in the set to top it off.
- Rip Claw Hammer
- Needle nose pliers, tongue and groove pliers and lineman pliers
- Combination wrench, an adjustable wrench and an Allen key / Allen key
- Wire stripper with built-in wire cutter
- Screwdriver with different bits
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Nylon spring clips
- Torpedo level
- Quick release ratchet
- PVC insulating tape
A high power flashlight
Shed light on a problem
The Maglite Heavy-Duty 4-Cell Flashlight offers powerful light for night or low light conditions. It shines with 98 lumens and has a beam distance of 267 meters, making it perfect for garages, attics, basements and even for camping purposes. The premium flashlight is equipped with weatherproof seals and anodized inside and outside for corrosion resistance.
You can toggle the jet flow from point to flow with a half turn of the head for adjustable coverage. And, to be honest, the flashlight’s sturdy build makes it great for intruders to have on hand too.
A cordless drill
A cordless drill comes in handy for an infinite number of situations, from mounting your TV on the wall to attaching an outlet cover. The BLACK + DECKER 20V cordless drill can handle all types of projects and easily drill through metal, wood and plastic. The drill has a 24-position clutch and can run up to 750 rpm. The kit also contains 30 accessories such as a drill, screwdriver, magnetic bit tip holder and screwdriver.
As this is a BLACK + DECKER drill, it has a rechargeable battery that can be used interchangeably with other BLACK + DECKER power tools such as jigsaws, vacuum cleaners, leaf blowers and more. It comes in very handy when some of your tools can use the same batteries because you always have a backup battery on hand. And just in case you want something stronger, try the BLACK + DECKER Impact Driver Kit.
A flexible spatula
Remove and attach with ease
A special spatula is ideal when you need to repair a hole in the wall or scrape off paint. The Red Devil 2-inch flex putty knife has a comfortable handle and sturdy blade for any task you perform. It has a precision-ground carbon steel blade that is rust-resistant and a solid steel nailing head. The handle is made of unbreakable polypropylene.
A stud finder
Find Studs (and Dad Jokes)
If you’re trying to find a stud to hang a photo on, a special stud finder can quickly find one. The Zircon StudSensor 70 can detect the center of a wooden or metal stud and alert you to unshielded AC cables. It can locate the edges of wood or metal to a depth of 0.75 inches, and the DeepScan mode can locate a depth of up to 1.5 inches. With five indicator lights, the sensor can indicate whether you’ve found the center of the bolt or are to the side, and it can also provide an erasable wall marker to mark the center.
A toilet piston and a caddy
For solving messy situations
Sometimes toilets clog – it’s just a fact of life. But with a good butt in hand, you can be tending to a smelly situation in minutes and getting on with your day. The simple human toilet plunger and caddy has a long, narrow profile that is perfect for newer toilets. It also has a handy magnetic collar around the top of the caddy which makes it easy to pick up and carry to or from the toilet without dripping.
A high-performance extension cable for outdoor use
Pocket all things
A good extension cord is a friend indeed. With one, you can plug in all of your new tools and use them all over your home or yard. The 50-foot high-performance outdoor extension cable from Clean Power has a grounded plug and plug and can handle both small and large power tools. The cable is water, weather and abrasion resistant as well as flame retardant. Nickel-plated brass blades do not corrode, which in turn prevents arcing.
Safety glasses and work gloves made of leather
Work safely on your projects with safety glasses. This pair from DEWALT protects against mold, dust and dirt and even has a clear DEWALT Xtra anti-fog coating. The glasses’ soft rubber lining will help them conform to the unique shape of your face, and the adjustable elastic cloth will help you find a comfortable fit.
A nice pair of leather gloves is also a must. The Mechanix Wear DuraHide gloves are ready for a hard day’s work. They are made of real leather with an elastic wrist closure and use TrekDry technology on the back of the hand for breathability.
A versatile ladder
Step to task
Instead of buying a step stool, a standard ladder and an ultra-high ladder, you should opt for the small giant ladder M17. The multi-position ladder can reach up to 17 feet when fully extended but can be converted to an A-frame for use in shorter areas. It can also be maneuvered for use at 90 degrees or placed on a staircase or an uneven surface. Tip-and-glide wheels allow you to move the ladder with ease and carry up to 300 pounds.
Say Stick it to Leaks
3M 2979 Multipurpose Tape, Silver, 1.88 in x 60 yd x 7 mil, 1 package, Temporary Repair, Patching, Tabbing, Tube Covering, Marking, Labeling
Tape is perfect for patching, holding, bundling, and other construction or domestic purposes.
3M Multi-Use Duct Tape is the ultimate tool for homeowners. It’s great for bundling, patching, tabulating, capping pipes, marking, labeling, and even for temporary repairs. It’s suitable for contractors, so it’s perfect for a variety of light tasks and professional construction applications.
In a nutshell
Make clean cuts on your home improvement projects with an easy-to-use jigsaw. The BLACK + DECKER 5.0 Ampere jigsaw can cut through wood, metal, PVC and other materials as if it were nothing. It has built-in cam control that allows you to adjust the saw’s orbit in four different ways. The improved wire guard enables precise cutting with a clear line of sight.
The jigsaw can make 45 degree bevel cuts and has an adjustable display for added stability. It also has a 5 amp variable speed motor that can run up to 5,000 stokes per minute. The saw even has a keyless saw blade clamp for easy tool-free saw blade changes. Since this is BLACK + DECKER, the replaceable battery can be turned off and used with your other BLACK + DECKER power tools.
Tool boxes and tool boxes
Storage and organization
Once you have a solid collection of tools, you’ll need to keep them somewhere when they’re not in use. The DEWALT TSTAK11 Flat Top Toolbox has an open storage design that is perfect for a decent amount of small tools.
Storage and organization
If you have a large amount of tools, or a mix of small and large tools, a tool box is a better choice. The Keter Rolling Tool Chest has 16 removable drawers and a locking system for security. Smooth wheels make it easy to take them around your construction site. It even has a durable weatherproof polypropylene construction that won’t rust, peel, or dent. The drawers are deep and perfect for storing power drills, socket wrench sets, and other tools for home improvement, home improvement projects, and auto mechanics tools.