One of the most commonly overlooked housing costs is repair. When making a monthly or yearly budget, most homeowners don’t account for the many things within the house that need fixing. This is largely due to the “surprise” factor, but there is some pretty routine maintenance that can be forgotten as well. This article isn’t about creating your first toolbox for DIY projects, but rather the tools that will save you the most time and money in your home. So, here are the must-have tools for home repair.
Obviously. A staple for every home, the screwdriver will help you fix that wiggly doorknob, the loose drawer, or that annoying power outlet that is hanging just too far from the wall. Get both a flat-head and a phillips-head; interchangable head screwdrivers are cool too, but the cheap ones fall out a lot and are too wide to fit in some areas. Don’t worry about the brand, just get something cheap that covers all your bases.
Following suit with the screwdriver, the hammer is another obvious one. A hammer is my favorite for quick repairs, as putting a nail i something is a ridiculously easy and permanent way to work things out. Plus, if you want to decorate your home, a hammer is pretty much a must-have.
This one won’t be on every list, but I use mine almost monthly. While most pliers strip tight hexagonal nuts or bolts, properly locked pliers get an amazing grip to avoid this issue. Not only that, but they also are great for circular nuts that aren’t wrench-friendly. For example, I like having a great showerhead. The nut on the end of most basic showerheads is a rough, circular one that is a pain in the butt to unscrew, and my locking pliers are perfect. Getting a pack with a smaller pair also replaces regular pliers well enough for fixing lightswitches and power outlets.
Utility knives are another staple as far as must-have home repair tools go. They are great for a number of cutting or tracing tasks, and can really come in handy in a pinch. With too many uses to keep track of, it is always nice to have something sharp around when you need it.
Pretty clear what this one is for. Whether its a deep clog in a toilet, or hair in the shower or sink, this thing will save you a ton of money on a plumber in a lot of scenarios. Having a good plumbing snake can make the difference between a $100 plumbing visit or a $5 bottle of drain cleaner.
Having a power drill is an absolute requirement for any homeowner. Again, if you aren’t using it all the time, don’t worry too much about getting something super fancy. Get a cordless drill that works, and you’ll be able to take on more significant structural home repairs. These are the high-dollar issues that you absolutely want to have covered, and a hammer drill can save you in a pinch.
While these aren’t all the tools you’ll need in the long run, they will absolutely get you started off on the right foot when fixing your home.
Trey LaRocca is a freelance writer, financial sales worker, and tech guy. When he isn’t out and about or at work, he’s usually at home enjoying some video games and a beer. Currently residing in Newport Beach, this California Kid can be found at the beach on any given weekend. Trey has years of experience in day/swing trading, financial analytics, and sales.