When you own your home, things are going to break and, instead of spending your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, try fixing things yourself. You don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes as these five tools will cover most of your basic projects.
Flashlight. You’re going to want something a little more powerful and a lot cheaper than an iPhone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace! There are a lot of great deal online just a few clicks away.
Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical drain cleaners like Drano, but they’re expensive and the lingering odor is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clogged hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at your local hardware store.
Shop-vac. Spills and accidents are part of life and while most of them can be cleaned up with a paper towel or regular vacuum, accidents like pet messes or broken glass need something more powerful.
Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, hinges, picture frames, shelves, hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll find yourself using your cordless drill regularly as a new homeowner.
Loppers. Every homeowner wants decent landscaping, but instead of getting a gardener to spruce up your lawn try doing it yourself. All you’ll need in the beginning are some loppers. They’ll remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and other unruly plants in your yard.
Multi-Tool Kit. Go to your local hardware store and they’ll be sure to have a tool kit with all kinds of odds and ends, screwdrivers, hammers and everything else you wished you would have bought before moving into your home!
Once you have all of these tools, you should be set for most minor projects that come up!