11 Essential Tools for Every DIY Homeowner | Kathryn Smith
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11 Essential Tools for Every DIY Homeowner

There is nothing more rewarding or exciting than becoming a first-time homeowner. You worked hard to make your dream come true and now you can sit back and enjoy the reward. Now that you are a homeowner, you might have in mind a few DIY projects you want to do. If so, there are few essential tools that are a must-have. These tools will also help with the upkeep and maintenance of your new home, and if you're looking to take on a big home improvement project, consider a 203(K) Loan to help you fund your improvements!

Utility Knife

A utility knife will be one of the first tools used after moving in your home. The knife will be helpful in breaking down boxes, removing caulk, cutting plastic tops off, and numerous of other tasks. If you don't have one, be sure to pick one up the first chance you get.


A hammer should also be at the top of your list. It can be used to drive the nails in wood and walls. If you choose to put up pictures and other decorative items, you definitely need to own one. Hammers are also helpful in the breakdown of different structure pieces. Depending upon the purpose, you can purchase them in a variety of shapes and sizes. The different sizes make completing tasks quick and simple.

Measurement Tape

Whether you plan to hang a picture, build a shelf, or put up blinds at a window, the tape will ensure you have accurate measurements. Measurement tapes are available in various types of material. Most people prefer the roll-up and retracting style type for household crafting, but it is totally your preference.

Power Drill

Everyone should own a power drill. These drills make putting furniture and other household items together quick and easy. It is almost like a screwdriver, it's just powered and uses "drill bits" which also allow you to drill holes into surfaces. The drill bits come in different sizes and shapes. When buying the drill and bits separate, pay close attention to the different sizes.

Allen Wrench

Many pieces of furniture, bicycles, appliances, and engines require the use of an Allen wrench. The wrench is an L-shaped metal bar with a hexagonal head at each end, used to turn bolts and screws having hexagonal sockets. It's a must-have if you will be doing DIY projects.


At some point in time, you will experience a plumbing problem in your home. Whether it is a clogged kitchen pipe or toilet, you will need a plunger to help clear the drain.

Electrical Extension Cord

Keep an extension cord on hand to create an extra source for power. When your electronics can't reach the original socket an extension cord is nice to have around. Remember to never use indoor extension cords outdoors.

Adjustable Wrench

Most plumbing jobs under sinks and around toilets require the use of an adjustable wrench. The wrench has a movable jaw which allows for easy use with different sizes of fastener head nuts or bolts. A toolbox is just not complete unless you have one. You probably will not be able to get much plumbing done either.

Step Stool

A step stool is a necessity when it comes to those who are short in stature. Everyone has those hard to reach areas in their home these stools will simplify the process. There is so much pride in being able to reach a shelf that you normally would not be able to.


A hacksaw is good for cutting through plastic, wood, and some piping. If you plan to be doing a lot of repairs and work on your own, you need a saw in your box. You never know what type of DIY projects it will make easier.


Screwdrivers are a must for doing tedious jobs such tightening doorknobs or light switches. Invest in a variety pack, and you will have your choice of screwdrivers to use.

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