Stock your toolbox with these 7 tools to make things easier:
Speed up your projects with a power screwdriver and drill. Predrilling can save your walls when you’re installing shelves or other heavy objects. You’ll also want a drill if you use drywall anchors to hang things (which you should be doing). A cordless drill is the way to go, just remember to keep your battery on the charger.
This is a pretty obvious tool to keep around. A hammer comes in handy whether you’re assembling IKEA furniture, hanging up new frames or doing some demo. Having a hammer on hand is always a good idea.
Because no one likes crooked pictures, it’s always good to keep a level around. You can use this when hanging shelves, decorations or branching out and attempting to build a bench or table. This can even come in handy when you’re assembling IKEA furniture just to make sure everything is nice and flat.
You already know to keep a flashlight on hand in case of a power outage, but there are other uses for this tool. A flashlight can help you see what’s down your drain and get it out. You can search under cabinets and even under the bed. Keeping a few flashlights on hand is ideal so that you always have one somewhat nearby. P.S. we know you have a flashlight on your phone, but if the power goes out your phone won’t hold a charge forever.
A pair of pliers might not be used often, but when you need them, you’ll be glad you have them. A basic pair can help you unscrew tight bolts and stripped screws in a pinch, hold nails to keep your thumbs safe when hammering and even fiddle with broken kids toys.
A hacksaw is easy to store and very versatile as the teeth on the blade can cut through metal, woods and plastics. While you might not think you need a saw often, think about what you’ll do when a small branch breaks during a snowstorm. You don’t want to leave the branch hanging there but don’t want to wield a chainsaw or call an arbor. A hacksaw is just the man for the job.
An adjustable wrench, also known as a crescent wrench, is a good starting place as it can handle a lot of different jobs. You can tighten a leaky pipe and secure nuts and bolts around the house. This tool might not get a lot of use in your home, unless you’re a plumber, but you want to keep it around just in case.
Good luck out there. When you don’t feel comfortable doing a project always call a professional. Your real estate agent will have some referrals for you.