10 Tools Every Homeowner Needs

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From a fully customizable interior to your very own yard, there's a lot to love about being a homeowner. However, even the best things have their drawbacks, and one of the major drawbacks of homeownership is that you have to fix and update everything yourself (or pay someone else to do it).

Fortunately, most basic exterior and interior challenges can be overcome with a foundational set of tools; you just have to know what said tools are — and how to use them.

Below, we cover the must-have tools for every homeowner so you can feel equipped and empowered to take on any homeownership challenge that comes your way.

It's hard to get far with most home reno projects without a good hammer, so it should be one of the first tools you invest in. This hammer's leather grip and one-piece construction make it equally durable and easy on your hands.

A good screwdriver is just as essential as a hammer, particularly a screwdriver with multiple heads that can take on a variety of tasks. This 11-in-1 tool comes with eight different bits to fit nearly any screw as well as converts to three nut driver sizes.

Manual screwdrivers are great for small, one-off jobs, like tightening doorknobs or swapping switch plates, but when you're working with more than a couple screws, you'll definitely want a power drill to do the heavy lifting for you. This cordless, 30-piece drill set has everything you need to tackle nearly any DIY project under the sun.

It's tough to find a home project that wouldn't benefit from a reliable measuring tape to add precision and accuracy. This tape measurer is encased in an easy-grip, thick rubber jacket and extends up to 25 feet, which is plenty for most projects.

Whether you need to firmly hold, bend, or cut a tough object, pliers are your go-to tool. This set also comes with a wire-cutting function, giving you more bang for your buck.

An adjustable wrench is great for everything from assembling furniture to repairing your bike, allowing you to tighten or loosen bolts as needed. This wrench can open as wide as 1.5 inches or as small as you need it to, so it can tackle pretty much anything.

A level is just as it sounds — a tool that ensures that whatever you're installing is level, making it essential for tasks like hanging photos and artwork. This set comes with three different sizes so you can take on projects large and small.

A lot of home renovation projects require you to cut pieces of wood to a certain size, so it's a great idea to invest in a basic handsaw. Featuring a lifetime warranty, this handsaw is the perfect companion for all of your DIY projects from now until forever.

If you find yourself needing to break down boxes a lot, then you should definitely have a great utility knife to help you do it. In addition to boxes, this knife makes easy work of cutting carpet, paper, rope, leather, and more.

A putty knife helps you smoothly spackle walls as well as remove old decorative coverings and scrape out flaky surfaces, making it a must-have for many home renovation projects.


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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