17 Tools A Homeowner Must Own


Allow me to present them in alphabetical order.

  1. Adjustable Crescent Wrench. This is perfect for fitting bolts and nuts of any size. Because this is adjustable, it may be the only wrench you need at home. They come in various shapes and kinds but opt for one that’s self-ratcheting.

  1. Broom and dustpan. All homeowners should own this duo. Getting a durable broom and a sturdy dustpan will make it easier for you to clean all debris and dust scattered on the floor.

  1. Extension Cord. This is perfect for your future home improvement projects. They’re even handy for outdoor parties when you need an extra outlet. Owning one makes you prepared for anything!

  1. Flashlight. You don’t need this only when the electricity is off. There are times when you need to do some repairs at night, probably under your car or somewhere else, and a flashlight would be handy. They work on batteries so make sure you have extras.

  1. Flathead screwdriver. Most light switch plates use straight screws. Other objects in your house might use the same. To be safe, own three sizes—small, medium, and large—because you’ll never know what size you’ll need for the job.

  1. Hacksaw. This cutting tool is for your cutting needs as well—particularly those that cannot be cut by a utility knife such as plastic and metal pipes. They usually cost less than $20 and considering what it can do, that’s already cheap! It can also cut conduit, threaded rods, bolts, tubing, brackets, and wood.

  1. Hammer. Of course, this is a must-have! How can you pound and pull nails without a hammer? It’s perfect even for a crowbar action. Saying “you need a hammer” is an understatement! There are many choices available on the market, but I suggest you purchase one that’s a little expensive because that means it’s durable, long, and lightweight. Never buy a hammer you can’t pick up with one hand.

  1. Ladder or step stool. You’ll need a ladder for various activities such as fixing or changing the light bulb, stringing lights, painting, changing fixtures, trimming the hedge, reaching the top of your shelf, getting into the attic, and a whole lot more.

  1. Level. Obviously, this tool is to make sure something is level. It’s not recommended to just try and gaze on something to figure out if it’s level or not. Save yourself from some guessing time and own this!

  1. Philips screwdriver. This X-shaped screwdriver is invaluable as well. It’s probably one of the most popular tools. A lot of screws work only with this type so it’ll be useful. Some even come with handles that accept interchangeable tips so you can just change them to make it compatible with the size of screws you’re working on.

  1. Pliers. This is another must-have under the Hall of Fame of tools. It’s used to bend, pinch, and pull metal. It’s also used to firmly hold objects.

  1. Plunger. I’m sure I don’t have to emphasize your need for this in your home—specifically in your bathroom!

  1. Power drill. If you need to create holes, buy a power drill. It can work with drill bits, screw-head bits? And bore holes. Your hand won’t tire easily with a power drill. However, you have to be cautious when using it. Remember to stop once the fastener is tight. If you don’t, you’ll strip the screw head.

  1. Putty knife. This tool is for your scraping needs. It can scratch dry paint or glue but it goes beyond scraping too. It can spread paste and putty. You might want to buy one that has 5-6 inches for spreading and another that has 1 ½ inch size for scraping.

  1. Safety Gear. To protect yourself when you need to be a temporary handyman or carpenter, you’ll need gloves and safety glasses. Plastic gloves are for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, and other rooms in your house, while the leather-type working gloves are for gardening and other dirty work. It’s also advisable to protect your ears when you’re using leaf blowers and mowers. Lastly, for almost any type of job, you’ll be needing a dust mask.

  1. Tape measure. A homeowner should own this for measuring sizes of furniture, other objects, and even floor plans. After all, you wouldn’t want to go right ahead buying objects without calculating the size where you’ll place them! Don’t take that risk, I tell you! Don’t!

  1. Utility knife. You need this basically for all small tasks that involve cutting. You can score drywall, open boxes, trim carpets, and a whole lot more! It has a right to be called a “utility” knife because it has numerous uses!

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A wood router is also worth mentioning. These can do wonders.