Whether you’re an expert DIYer or just occasionally need to tackle projects around the house, there are a few tools every homeowner should have. Make sure you have the things you need to handle simple repairs. Let’s look at a few of the most important tools to own.

A Measuring Tape is a Necessary Tool

A measuring tape is a great tool to have on hand. You will need to know the size of a room to determine how much paint you should purchase. When you’re buying a new refrigerator, measure the space you need it to fit in. Have a small measuring tape you can carry to the store when shopping for a new couch or bookshelf and a longer one with a sturdy tape to keep at home.


A claw hammer is a necessity and is incredibly useful for so many things. As a homeowner, there is a good chance you will want to hang pictures or art on the wall. Whether you’re hanging frames, assembling furniture, or tackling woodworking projects, a hammer will come in handy. Choose a hammer that is sturdy and has a comfortable grip.

Tools Every Homeowner Needs: Level

A standard bubble level will be helpful for home improvement projects. A level will tell you if your art is straight on the wall and if shelves are level. If you decide to build a backyard deck or install a bar in the kitchen, you will want the new construction to be flat and level.

Cordless Drill

You could use a corded drill, but a cordless model is so much more versatile. You will be able to handle projects in areas without a power source. While the cordless drills are a little bit heavier because of the attached battery, you don’t have to worry about extension cords or the power cord being in the way while you work. If you’re replacing cabinet hinges, mounting the television on the wall, or assembling a bookcase, the drill will be a useful tool. Along with the drill, purchase a set that includes multiple drill bits. You’ll be prepared for projects inside the house and outdoors.

Other Basic Tools Every Homeowner Needs

As a homeowner, you’ll become more confident in your home improvement skills. The toolbox will be become better stocked as you purchase additional tools. When shopping to add to your toolkit, choose quality pieces with a warranty. They may be slightly more expensive but will last longer.

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