Hey, it’s life. Sometimes things are going to break. Trust me when I say it’s a lot cheaper to fix them yourself. Unless you just love spending your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, that is. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five must-have tools for homeowners will cover most of your basic projects.
1. Cordless Drill
A cordless drill is non-negotiable. Whether for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more – you WILL need one. Be it do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month. I also highly recommend getting extra batteries. They always run out at the least convenient time.
2. Drain Cleaners
Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. Especially if you live with me. I leave behind a shocking amount of hair for a bald man. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is pretty stinky. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.
No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or broken glass. As a proud cat-dad, I can confirm a high-powered bad boy is the way to go!
Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some loppers to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard. Just make sure the one you buy is sufficient for the project at hand. From personal experience I can tell you it’s quite frustrating when the loppers don’t lop.
You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace!
Obviously there are more tools you need in your arsenal, but don’t sit there and act like you knew you needed some loppers when you were making that offer. Want a list of everything you might need to furnish and equip your new home? Just ask! In the meantime, scroll on through the rest of my blog for random musings by yours truly. Thanks for stopping by and reading a bit about the must-have tools for homeowners. Until next time!