Buying your first home is beyond exciting. Chances are good that you have received an abundance of fantastic moving advice and you are packed and ready to start the next chapter in your life. Well, did anyone happen to make you a list of essential tools you should have? Unless you are going to call a handyman for everything, you will soon learn the value of a do-it-yourself projects and the importance of having some quality tools. Below are the important ones to get you started, but if you plan on doing remodeling or extensive outdoor maintenance, you can expect your tool needs to grow considerably.
- Toolbox – Tools are an investment, and should be treated as such. Some of the pieces you buy today you will still be using decades from now, if you care for them properly. This means not leaving them outside to get rained on or tossed in a pile of clutter where they will be lost forever. A toolbox is where it all begins. Plus, when you need to grab that wrench to turn the water off in a hurry in an emergency situation, you will be glad you know exactly where to find what you are looking for.
- Hammer – You cannot decorate your new house without a hammer. This is one tool you might want to pack in your essentials box during your move, so you have easy access to it for hanging art, coast hooks, etc., after the movers leave. Choose one with a comfortable grip. If you are going to do any demolition work, get one with a rip claw rather than a curved claw.
- Pliers – This handy little tool can do everything from hold a small object to bend metal into shape. So, when the storm knocks a tree down and destroys part of your fence, and you need to temporarily put up wire fencing to keep your dog in the yard, you will be happy you have a pair of pliers handy. There are several types of pliers to choose from, and all are worth adding to your toolbox at some point. A pair of needle nose pliers will get you started.
- Screwdrivers – Invest in a quality set of screwdrivers with magnetic heads. Even if you have a power drill you need a flathead and Philips screwdriver. You will not want to get your drill out for every tiny task you need to do. Besides, what if you need to fix something in hurry, but you forgot to charge your drill?
- Measuring Tape – A measuring tape is an invaluable tool that you will use more than you know. One with a 3/4-inch tape and easy-locking mechanism is the way to go.
- Level – You do not absolutely need a level, but it will come in handy when hanging art on your wall. Plus, if you ever decide to install new cabinets or counters it will serve as a valuable tool.
- Wrenches – Like pliers, there are different types of wrenches. You will probably find a use for all at some point. If you are only going to buy one to start, get an adjustable wrench.
- Utility Knife – People have probably given you plenty of moving advice, when it comes to packing, but did anyone tell you to pack something sharp in your essentials bag to rip through all the tape? A utility knife will work just fine, and in the future you will use it to trim carpet edges or slice through the paint on the window sills, after you accidentally paint them shut.