Whether you have been staying in your home for a few years or you just bought your first home, there is one thing you need to do, take a look at your toolbox and make sure you have these 10 essential home maintenance tools.
If something needs to be fixed around the house you don’t want to be phoning around asking friends or family for the tools to fix it. Plus you don’t really want to be that friend, you know the one…
Top tip: Regular maintenance of your tools is just about as important as having the right tools. Clean your equipment well after use and regularly inspect tools you don’t use as frequently
The ultimate home diy-er starter kit
- Phillips-screwdriver – This tool is one of the most popular hardware tools around today. You can use it to cover a wide range of screw types and sizes.
- Flathead-screwdriver – Very handy if you need to change light bulbs in particular, with a variety of other uses.
- Tape measure – Probably one of the most important tools you will need. It can be used to measure floor plans or furniture sizes. Never buy an awkwardly sized couch again!
- Level – Some people may be good at guessing if something is straight but if you’re like me you need it to be perfect otherwise this will irritate you until you fix it, so be sure to do it right the first time around with this tool in your toolbox, and save your precious time and frustration.
- Hammer – Good for so many things, pounding nails, pulling nails and tapping things into place.
- Pliers – Be sure to have a pair of pliers in your toolbox, they are used to hold objects firmly in place.
- Power drill – Buy a good, reliable and strong power drill the first time, because you don’t want to skimp on this and be halfway through a job and then the drill breaks so take your time purchasing this item.
- Flashlight – You never know when you might need to fix something in the dark so make sure to have a good flashlight. In actual fact, you might want to think about buying two; keep one in your toolbox and one in your car it might come in handy when you least expect it. Just keep both charged with extra batteries.
- Ladder – Used for painting, changing light bulbs, hanging pictures or getting on the roof to get the children’s ball.
- Utility knife – A Utility knife can be used for so many different things, scoring drywall, opening boxes or trimming the edges of a carpet.
And then the last one is very important make sure you have a radio and good music so that when the time comes and you need to fix something you can do it in a good mood. Happy DIYing!
Words: Natassha Burrell