The Five Tools New Homeowners Must Have

So you’ve just moved into your brand new home and you think you finally have everything you need to live happily. You have enough plates and cutlery to feed your family, you’ve remembered to purchase towels and you have even remembered to buy a door mat, but what about the tool box?

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The tool box tends to be on the collection of items all new homeowners forget to purchase, and believe me, you will probably need it sooner than you expect. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a leaking pipe or door hinges coming loose without having the tools in hand to fix it.

To save you the hassle of finding the tools you are going to need, many good DIY stores now put together toolkits with all the essential tools that will be needed. However these toolkits that have been put together do tend to cost quite a bit more, so if you want to create your own, here are the essential tools you are going to need;


1. Hammer

Whether you need to tap a nail into the wall or break up an object, a hammer is going to be an essential item in your toolbox. The hammer is one of the most basic tools that is used by both professionals and general homeowners completing general DIY jobs.

You can purchase a basic hammer with a straight claw to complete hundreds of different jobs around the house.

You do not need to spend much money on a good quality hammer, as the majority of hammers available on the tool buyers market does tend to be of good lasting quality.

2. Screwdrivers

If you do not already own a screwdriver set, it is important that you purchase one soon. Screwdrivers will be useful when completing the smallest of jobs, such as changing the fuse in a plug or bigger jobs such as fixing electrical appliances.

You can purchase a mixed set of screwdrivers, this way you will be sure you have the full variety of screwdrivers needed.

3. Tape Measure

You will find having a tape measure in the house extremely helpful, whether you are measuring up for a new pair of curtains or you just want to move a few cabinets around the room, the tape measure can make your job much easier.

Professionals advise not to go with the cheapest one as they tend to be rather flimsy, making them difficult to use. Choose a good quality, ¾ inch wide model for the most practical tape measure.

4. Reversible Drill

Whether you need to drill a hole into the wall to fit a new photo frame or you have a bigger DIY job to complete, a reversible drill is an essential item to be in your toolbox.

You have the option of purchasing either a cordless or corded model, professional’s advise to stick with the corded models as they tend to be much easier to use, lighter, cheaper and extremely reliable.

5. Safety Glasses

So safety glasses are not really a tool, but believe me you will find them helpful when it comes down to drilling a hole in the wall. The last thing you want is flying debris hitting you in your eyes, as this can put your sight at risk.

Kerry has recently brought her first home; she brought a number of different tools to be prepared for any DIY jobs in the future. She even brought a digital flow gauge from

Erin Emanuel