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Welcome to your new home!

The day you move into your first home a lot of things change. The biggest one (besides the freedom of owning your own place) is that you can’t call the landlord anymore to do you repairs for you. This is the biggest obstacle for any new homeowner.

After all, you haven’t thought about fixing a squeaky door or a leaky faucet before. Now these are part of your world. While it’s best to have a bunch of YouTube videos at your disposal it’s also important that you have the right tools to start. Here is a list of the tools every homeowner should have in their home.

Screwdriver Set

Screws come in all different shapes and sizes so it’s a good idea to have a set of them for what you will need. A good set of screwdrivers will last a homeowner for decades.

Everything in your house is going to come down to needing some type of screwdriver. If you prefer you can check out the cordless drill we recommend here.


Not all hammers are created equally, but don’t let that intimidate you. They range in weight and sizes and can serve different purposes. So don’t be too intimidated. For most of your around the home uses a basic hammer like the one below will do you just fine.

Tape Measure

From centring a picture in a wall to figuring out how big of a couch you can fit into your living room a tape measure is indispensable. Again they come in a range of quality. You can get a decent one for under $10 and it’s worth it. Nothing is more frustrating than a tape measure that stops recoiling on it’s own, or too flimsy to do what you want it to do when you are measuring something on your own and have no one to hold the other side.

Small Socket Set

Anything that doesn’t require you to have a screwdriver will likely mean that you need a socket set at some point. From bike repairs to taking the arms off a treadmill so you can fit it through the door, you are going to need a set of these.

Wire cutters

These are a pretty easy thing to

Regular Pliers and Needle nose pliers

While a lot of things will come with screws, it’s always a good idea to have some on hand for hanging pictures and other useful things.


Drywall Anchors and Screws and Assortment of Screws and Nails

It may be best when you are hanging something to find a stud, but rarely is it in the spot you want it. This is where drywall hangers are a lifesaver. These will be able to support your picture or anything that you are wanting to hang when you can’t find a stud

Adjustable Wrench

Congratulations you own a house. Now you will likely need to use one of these for fixing that leaky faucet (seriously it’s pretty easy, just YouTube how to get started. This is a nice thing to have when your taps start leaking, often they just get a little loose and need tightening.

Utility Knife

You will likely need this from day one, when you are having to cut open your moving boxes. It’s a good idea to have one of these on hand from the start. Plus they are super useful for everything around the house. Don’t go using a steak knife, these are best for you right from the start.

Get it all in one

These can range in price. Personally what I did in my first house was get a mixed tool kit like this one. 210 Pieces is a great way to start and for under $100 it’s an investment worth making. This set can easily handle most of your household quick fixes. When you need something else you just buy it as you go. That’s one of the big things I found in my house. If i didn’t have the tool that worked on what I was doing I could go and buy the one I needed. This was easier than buying everything at once. Personally I went the cheapest route and ended up having to upgrade everything in the first year. Just a friendly heads up that you get what you pay for with tools.


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