Have you just bought your first home? Did your friend or family member just buy their first home? A toolbox is one of the best, and most practical things you can buy for yourself or for a friend as a housewarming present. But what do you put in it?
Here are the 12 tools every homeowner needs to have within arms reach, especially in the first days as they are moving in and getting settled. This list, it should be noted, is perfect for both those who consider themselves to be very handy, or not handy at all. These are the basics that homeowners need, regardless of skill level:
1. Set of screwdrivers
Whether you’re putting together new furniture, tightening a loose screw, or changing a light fixture, you’ll need a set of screwdrivers. These don’t need to be fancy, just the basic phillips, square, and slot screwdrivers will take you a long way with your home maintenance.
2. Needle nose pliers
These pliers will give you a firm grip on small, hard to reach places. They can also help you bend wires and pry things open. This will probably be an often used tool in your kit.
3. Tape measure
A 25’ tape measure should be long enough for any household measuring that needs to get done. You’ll be surprised how often you’ll use this, especially as you’re furnishing your new home!
This one is probably an obvious one to include. But don’t forget about this basic tool!
If you’re just planning on hanging pictures or mirrors, a 9” level should be fine for those small jobs. If you’re planning on building some furniture from scratch or hanging a door, you might need a full size, 2ft level.
6. Cordless drill & drill bits
A cordless drill will make putting furniture together, hanging shelves, or mirrors faster and easier. This is a must-have for every home.
7. Utility knife
Even just for unpacking purposes, the utility knife is an important one to have on hand.
8. Adjustable wrench
For residential jobs, you should only need one size of these in your tool kit. We recommend either a 10” or 14” model so that you can comfortably grab onto most nuts and bolts easily.
You’ll be very thankful for at least one flashlight in your home for anytime the power goes out. Also if you’re in a dark corner of your basement, or need to find that thing that fell behind your couch… There’s lots of good reasons to have a few flashlights in your home.
10. Ladder or step stool
OK - We know this technically doesn't fit into your toolbox, but for those hard to reach places, you’ll be very happy to have this. If your main focus is on the inside of your home, then you’ll probably be able to make do with a shorter ladder or step stool. But if you’re planning on working the outside of your house, you’ll probably need at least a 12’ - 24’ ladder to help you get up to the second floor.
11. Putty knife
Even if this isn’t your first home, if you’re planning on some home maintenance DIY projects, then you’re going to want to have a putty knife and putty close by for any mistakes. If you need to fill in any holes, whether they are on purpose or by accident, you’ll be happy to have this important and simple tool nearby.
Honourable Mention: Jiffy Account
If you're a new homeowner, a Jiffy account is a must-have. If you come across a job that you can't do or that YouTube can't save - you'll have to call in a pro. Our pros can be there within three hours to help get you out of the jam you're in so that you can keep working on your home!
Whether you're a new homeowner yourself, or you're buying a house warming present for a friend or family member, these are the top 11 tools everyone who owns a home needs.