Must-Have Tools for Home Improvements

Posted March 31st, 2010
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Many people who go from renting to owning a home are shocked at the sheer amount of time and energy they wind up having to put into home improvements. The fact of the matter is that there is a lot more upkeep on a home than there is on an apartment. It makes sense, because so many things that used to be the responsibility of the landlord are now your responsibility.

You may not even know where to start. The more you try to do, the more you’ll find you need tools. Here are some of the most common tools you’re going to need as a homeowner to do basic home improvements:

  • An electric drill. Cordless is best and most convenient. Make sure to get one that’s reversible, has variable speed and is 3/8″.
  • Plenty of drill and screwdriver bits. Keep them together in a bag that you can seal so they don’t get lost.
  • A claw hammer.
  • Plenty of screwdrivers of all sizes and types.
  • Needle-nose pliers.
  • Channel-lock pliers.
  • A level. Laser levels are especially inexpensive today and very useful.
  • A utility knife. Don’t skimp here. Cheap utility knives lead to lost fingers.
  • A hand plane.
  • A wood chisel.
  • A magnetic stud finder. (Single ladies, insert your own joke here.)
  • A Tape measure. Try to get one that’s at least 25 feet long.
  • A T-square.
  • A container of screws, nails, and bolts of various sizes.

In addition to those tools, there are other tools that aren’t must-haves, but are nice to have. They include:

  • A Jigsaw to cut curves, wood or drywall.
  • Clamps to help any time you need to glue.
  • A torpedo level to line up cabinets, shelves or pictures.
  • A power miter box. This lets you make accurate crosscuts and angled cuts.
  • A circular saw. This is particularly handy if you need to cut plywood.
  • An orbital sander. This kind of sander is better than a belt sander because it’s less likely to gouge, cheaper and lighter.

Finally, before you start any home improvement project, make sure your homeowners insurance is current. You don’t want to have an accident and only find out after the fact that the damage isn’t covered.

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