DIY Homeowner: 7 Must Have Tools You Need Now

By Home Bay

Posted on November 27th, 2017

Even if your home is “move-in ready,” you’re still going to have to take on home improvement projects here and there. There are a few must-have tools you’ll want to pick up — especially if you’re a first-time homeowner! Keep reading to learn about seven essential tools you’ll want to add to your toolbox.


  1. Cordless Drill
    A cordless drill is by far one of the most useful tools you can keep around the house. From hanging window treatments to building furniture, a quality cordless drill and bit set will come in handy both indoors and out for many years to come.

  2. Basic Toolbox
    It probably goes without saying that all homeowners should have a basic set of hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, nails, and the like. But one thing that often gets overlooked is the value of a quality toolbox in which to store all these items. Having a quality tool box with plenty of storage compartments and pockets will help you keep your tools organized.

  3. Laser Level
    From hanging picture frames to installing new cabinetry or shelving, a laser level will come in handy for every DIY homeowner out there. Specifically, laser levels make your life easier by projecting a laser line across the surface for accurate marking and measuring. Many even come with a built-in measuring tape!

  4. Safety Gear
    Protective gear is a must for any DIY-er working with power tools. Even with a simple painting project, it’s recommended that you wear gloves and a protective mask. Some safety essentials to keep on-hand include goggles, ear protection, and a box of latex gloves.

  5. A Utility Knife
    A sharp, quality utility knife can go a long way. From simply opening boxes around the house to cutting caulk and drywall, you can easily find one of these for about $10. Consider picking up a pack of replacement blades while you’re at it.

  6. LED Flashlight
    Whether you’re working in a dark attic or crawlspace, having an LED flashlight on hand is a must for any homeowner. LED flashlights will last for hundreds of hours without needing a battery replacement, so they’re highly recommended over traditional bulb options. Consider keeping a few of these throughout your house so you’re never far from one–or even pick up a keychain LED light for added convenience.

  7. Stud Finder
    You’ll likely be hanging shelving or photos on your home’s walls the same week you move in, so make sure you have a stud finder readily available for easy hanging. The last thing you want is to damage your drywall trying to hang a heavy object without anchoring it to a stud first!

These are just a few essential tools every homeowner needs for DIY projects around the house.

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