Whether you’re a new homeowner or just someone looking to do some projects around your home, everyone should have a household toolkit. Now, not everyone needs a table saw or a drill press. You also don’t need to own every possible tool for every possible job. However, there is a small selection of tools that are incredibly versatile and useful for a number of household projects.
Basic Elements for a Household Toolkit
Here are the items you need for a handy household toolkit.
Toolbox: You need a container to keep your tools, and it’s nice to have them all on one place. Don’t settle for a plastic bag or a shoebox. Get yourself an actual toolbox that can hold all or most of your tools, and is easily portable.
Hammer: If you’ve ever had to put together furniture, hang a picture, or seal a paint can, then you know that a hammer is one of the most useful tools you can have.
Set of screwdrivers: Just like the hammer, screwdrivers are required for almost any home project. It’s good to have several sizes of both phillips and flat head screwdrivers.
Power drill: Although not required, a battery-powered drill can make your projects a whole lot easier and faster.
Hand saw: Sometimes things need to be cut. Wood, plastic, metal… there are blades for everything.
Tape measure: When your child’s 12-inch ruler isn’t enough.
Set of pliers: When you’ve got a bolt instead of a screw or a nail, you’re going to need a set of pliers.
Adjustable wrench: For those pipe fittings, nuts, and bolts that are too tough for the pliers, an adjustable wrench gives you the tight grip and leverage to get them to budge.
Utility knife: You don’t want to be reaching for a kitchen knife or some scissors when dealing with certain projects. If you need to cut some carpet or drywall, or need to score some wood, that’s a job for a utility knife.
Duct tape: Is there anything it can’t fix… for a little while at least?
For all you DIYers out there, this is just a basic household toolkit. You’ll surely add some other tools and materials along the way as needed, but this basic set of tools is the perfect start for small household projects. Doing the work yourself can be very rewarding and even help you save money.