DIY Homeowners - 20 Tools That Will Help Me Complete My Projects

DIY Homeowners - 20 Tools That Will Help Me Complete My Projects

Spring is right around the corner and the thought of doing home improvement projects is on the minds of many homeowners.  Especially as do-it-yourselfers are utilizing more online resources by watching videos and feeling more confident than ever before getting those “honey do” projects completed.  If you are a new homeowner or just want to save some money rather than hiring a professional, you will most likely embark on some type of home improvement project this year.  Choosing the best tools for each job can be overwhelming.  Just going down the aisle of your local home improvement store you will find many different choices for accomplishing any project.

To assist you with your DIY adventures or if you are looking to bolster your toolbox, here are 20 essential tools every homeowner should own. This might be a perfect time to spruce up the arsenal in your toolbox or shop for someone else.    

Must Have Tools every New Homeowner Needs

The Basics

When you are a homeowner, there are countless tools to choose from, but here are the ones you will likely need time and time again.  These tools can be your foundation for accomplishing many new projects, renovations or maintaining your home throughout the year.  You can certainly spend a higher amount of money on some of these tools depending on your needs.  Nowadays, there are many helpful reviews online to help you decide which tool is right for you.

1. Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers come in many different sizes and types.  These include a flat head and Phillips head, to handle various screws and applications. Magnetic tips can be a game-changer because they prevent screws from dropping into hard-to-reach places. Some have ergonomic handles that provide a comfortable grip for extended use and reduce hand fatigue during your projects.

2. Tape Measure

Tape measures are essential for measuring dimensions and objects accurately. Some even come with a laser on them.  Consider a flexible, durable, tape measure at least 25 feet long. Look for a tape measure with both metric and imperial measurements for added convenience.This can be especially useful if you are tackling projects with international or custom specifications.

3. Hammers

Hammers are a cornerstone of any toolkit. Most of us cannot live without a hammer in our arsenal.  You may want to consider owning two different types:

  1. A heavy-duty hammer is perfect for driving in nails and indispensable for removing them. A curved claw adds versatility for easier nail extraction.
  2. A  tack hammer is ideal for delicate projects such as hanging personal items and pictures with tiny, headless trim nails.

4. Pliers

Choose suitable pliers for any task.  A good pair of  needle-nose pliers are excellent for delicate work, while slip-joint pliers are versatile for various tasks. Consider locking pliers for stubborn, hard-to-grip items and diagonal cutting pliers for snipping wires and nails.

5. Wrenches

Wrenches are handy for all different repairs such as plumbing, electrical, furniture assembly, and general household tasks.  They are needed for anything that involves tightening or loosening nuts, bolts, and other fasteners. There are a variety of sets to choose from, but you may want a conventional set that includes various predetermined sizes, plus a large and small adjustable wrench. It is important to keep in mind that fixed wrench sets come in standard and metric sizes.

6. Metal Straight Edge

You may already have an inexpensive wood yardstick, but a metal (typically aluminum) straight edge is more durable and accurate.They are convenient for double-checking measurements and drawing or scoring straight lines with a utility knife.  This comes in handy when you are doing home improvement projects such as hanging wallpaper or needing to cut a delicate object.

7. Carpenter’s Square

Straight lines are essential when measuring and cutting, but sometimes you may need to measure a perfect right angle using a carpenter’s square. For example, combination squares resemble a straight edge with an adjustable head that can be used to measure both 90- and 45-degree angles.  

8. Level

Most DIY individuals want to achieve a professional-looking result.  A level will more than likely help you get there.  There are many different size levels needed for a particular job.  For example, a two-foot-long level is suitable for most projects, but longer or shorter levels can be helpful.. Levels can also double as a straight edge for drawing lines on walls, floors, and wood.

9. Clamps

Clamps come in various types, including C-clamps, spring clamps, bar clamps, and pipe clamps. They are indispensable for holding items securely while cutting, gluing, or drilling. Quick-release clamps come in handy, with their one-handed operation, and can help you work more efficiently. 

10. Utility Knife

A utility knife with a retractable blade is perfect for cutting rope, cardboard, carpeting, and other materials. Some models offer convenient blade storage inside the handle, which is very convenient.  A locking blade that stays in place enhances safety, 

11. Pry Bar

If you are doing any type of demolition work, a pry bar will increase your leverage, making it easier to disassemble and lift heavy items. If you are doing any type of big renovations, choose a pry bar with a comfortable, non-slip grip to reduce hand fatigue during prolonged use.

12. Putty Knife

A putty knife also comes in different sizes and blade angles which makes them versatile. You can use them for applying joint compound, peeling off old paint, or removing old caulk.  A putty knife with an ergonomic handle allows for a precise and controlled application.

13. Staple Gun

A staple gun comes in handy for many small and large projects.  Usually these are projects that are rather thin in nature like stapling upholstery fabric to wood.  Keep in mind there are different sizes and thickness of staples depending on your application.  Ensure the staple gun has adjustable depth settings to control how deeply staples are driven.

14. Ladder

Every homeowner needs a lightweight and secure step ladder for various tasks. Hanging holiday lights, painting, changing a light bulb, and dusting away cobwebs are all part of daily use for a ladder.  Consider investing in a taller ladder for projects like cleaning gutters. It is easier to keep your tools and materials handy if you decide to purchase one with a platform or tray.

15. Safety Glasses

Accidents are never expected, but many DIY projects can produce debris that can be harmful to your body. Protect your eyes with safety glasses (or goggles).. For outdoor projects, you might prefer glasses that provide impact and UV protection when weed trimming or cutting branches in your yard..  

Time To Power It Up!

Here are several essential power tools that could be a game changer for your DIY projects.

16. Cordless Drill

A cordless drill is one of the most versatile tools you can own. You can spend hundreds of dollars depending on the brand and features.  Look for a drill with multiple speed settings and torque control, allowing you to handle various surfaces, materials, and tasks.

17. Portable Work Light

When doing projects in a garage or dimly lit areas it can be difficult to see what you are doing.  You can ensure your progress and see what you are doing with a powerful, portable work light. There are many different LED options and mounting possibilities, such as tripods, clamps, or magnets. Battery-powered work lights are convenient for remote locations or in areas without an electrical source.

18. Laser Level

When precision is vital (like hanging kitchen cabinets), a laser level ensures everything stays aligned straight up and down. It is perfect for mounting shelves or building a deck. Some laser levels have self-leveling features, which save you time and ensure accuracy.  To familiarize yourself with them, you can easily watch videos online which give you step-by-step instructions.

19. Heavy-Duty Extension Cord

These are great when working in the yard or using power equipment.  A heavy-duty extension cord is necessary to ensure safe power delivery. You may want to consider cords with built-in cord reels for easy storage and tangle prevention.

20. Circular Saw

A circular saw can handle many different types of cuts, making it excellent for homeowners. It is perfect for everything from simple crosscuts to more elaborate bevel cuts when cutting things like molding. Consider a circular saw with a laser guide for increased accuracy, especially if you are new to DIY projects.

Contact us

If you are considering tackling a home improvement project and would like to know how much potential value it could provide to your home equity, please contact one of our knowledgeable real estate professionals at S.H. June and Associates (843) 848-3088..  



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