4 Must-Have Tools For First-Time HomeownersThere’s a lot that goes into owning a home: homeowners have to juggle their mortgage, taxes, homeowners association fees, and of course, the home’s maintenance. While it’s possible to call a repairman when something goes wrong in a home, oftentimes it’s more cost effective for the homeowner to handle the fixes themselves. But before they can do that, they need the right tools for the job. Here are some of the most useful tools to have around a home when it comes to doing everyday fixes.

1. Ladders and Step Ladders

Not everything that needs to be repaired in a home is going to be at a convenient height. Lightbulbs will need to be changed, the homeowner may want to paint the bedroom walls, and so on. No matter the task, if a homeowner needs a little extra reach in order to get up high, a ladder is an absolute necessity. When picking out a ladder, homeowners should try to have one step ladder that can be kept in a closet and one large ladder that can be used in or out of doors. 

2. Hammers and Screwdrivers

Hammers and screwdrivers are the ultimate hand tools when it comes to basic home maintenance. Hammers can be used to put nails in walls or remove ones that are no longer needed, and screwdrivers do the same for screws. However, hammers and screwdrivers aren’t quite that simple. Screwdrivers can have different heads—such as a flathead or Philips—and come in a large variety of different sizes, so they aren’t one-size-fits-all. Instead of buying a bunch of screwdrivers individually, homeowners can instead purchase a general set that will have all the most common heads and sizes in order to be prepared for most common household jobs.

3. Yard Sticks and Tape Measures

It’s important to know much space is available in a home, especially when buying new furniture or appliances. All too many homeowners have gone through the experience of buying something only to realize later on that their new purchase is too big to fit in the space allotted for it. Having access to a yardstick or a tape measure can be useful beyond that, as well. They can help with home décor planning and building for people who like working with their hands.

4. Different Varieties of Tape

Everyone knows how useful duct tape can be in just about any sort of task, but there are some other important household tapes that homeowners should have as well. Here are the different types of tape homeowners should keep in their toolbox:

  • Duct tape. As briefly mentioned, duct tape can be an excellent do-all with nearly endless potential. Having a roll handy can be useful for most household repairs.
  • Electrical tape. When a homeowner finds a frayed wire on one of their appliances, wrapping it up in some electrical tape is a good way to keep it safe until it can be repaired or replaced.
  • Painters tape. When painting, having this around can make the job much easier by placing it against a wall where it can protect areas that shouldn’t be painted, and it comes off like masking tape without damaging the walls or the surrounding paint.

Keeping these three types of tape around can be extremely helpful in a Spring Lake Heights home, and homeowners should have all three readily available.

These different home tools can earn their keep when kept handy in a toolbox or in the garage. All homeowners should have some sort of toolbox in their home, and these sorts of tools make welcome additions to one.

Posted by Shawn Clayton on
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