Homeownership can be tough. Whether you own a new house or you’ve had one for years, there’s often a surprise waiting just around the corner.
But don’t panic. If you’re confused about anything from the right tool for the job to checking for termites, we’ll help. Starting today we’ll be giving you weekly advice on everything you need to become a true do-it-yourself homeowner.
As the child of two aircraft mechanics, nothing frustrates me more than not having proper tools for whatever project I may be working on. And while you may not ever need a duffel bag full of different-sized wrenches (like at my house) you certainly should have a complete set of basic tools. It doesn’t cost a lot either – you can get a pretty hefty set of tools that will meet most of your needs for under $150.
Here are a few items to get you started:
- Torpedo Level
- A screwdriver set or a multihead screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Pliers – needle nose and vise grips
- Utility knife
- Tape measure
- Pry bar
- Hand saw
- Painter’s tape – good for marking areas without marring surfaces!
- An assortment of various nails, screws and fasteners
- Pencils, pens and a notebook for marking and making notes
- Safety goggles (your eyes will thank you later!)
And for heavier projects, plus bonus points and overall homeowner glory:
- Cordless drill
- Circular saw
- Reciprocating saw
Remember, your tool box doesn’t have to be complete in a day. If dropping over a hundred dollars on tools all at once is out of your budget, try picking up an item or two every time you visit the hardware store. Either way, you’ll be glad you bought them!
What’s in your toolbox? What skills do want to learn? Leave us questions/comments about how we can help you have the best house on the block!