Keeping your home in tip-top shape is no small thing. There are a hundred things that can go wrong with your home. Instead of wasting money on hiring a contractor, it is a good idea to have a well-stocked tool kit for all your DIY projects.

Rather than buying every tool that a hardware store has, you need to nail down the essential tools for home repair. Spending your budget on a few very good tools can make your DIY home repair projects fun and interesting.

Here is a list of 6 must-have tools for all the homeowners that come in handy to keep a smooth-running home.

Hammer

Everything begins with this tool. Imagine how often you need it to pound nails or extract them from different surfaces. It is indispensable if you have to hang pictures or knock together ready-to-assemble furniture. If you are into doing small projects like building a birdhouse or a treehouse for your little one, you need a good hammer. A smooth-faced claw hammer e.g. Williams 20401  can suffice the needs of all your basic DIY projects. If you want to drive punches, chisels, or do other metalwork, you need Williams Ball Pein hammer. Its sturdy head and fiberglass coated handles ensure comfort and safety during all your DIY projects. It is advisable to choose the hammer that has a comfortable grip or vibration dampening coating.

Screw Drivers

A set of screwdrivers is one of the best tools to own. From replacing light switches to swapping bulbs, to tightening any screw anywhere, you need it for a variety of projects. For basic home repairs, a couple of Philips head screwdrivers and one or two flathead screwdrivers of various sizes will do. For more frequent and complicated repairs, you can buy a set of screwdrivers. You can also opt to buy screwdriver bases with multiple heads that can be swapped according to your needs.

Wrenches

Wrenches come in handy for bathroom upgrades. If you have to replace a leaky shower head or install a new Bidet, you need to have a good adjustable wrench like Williams 13624A. You can also choose to buy a set of Standard or Metric wrenches for doing complicated DIY projects. However, an adjustable wrench can do well if you want to do some basic repairs.

Pliers

Like hammers and screwdrivers, a good pair of pliers is the must-have tool for your DIY home repairs. There can be different types of pliers like needle nose, slip joint, or cutting pliers. If you prefer adjustable pliers, Bahco 8226 is an ideal choice. They are very comfortable to use. The jaw width is easily adjustable and its two component handles allow you to have a comfortable and secure grip.

If you aim at doing a lot of electrical work, Bahco 2430 S-200 are the best choice. The long nose allows you to grip smaller objects and make loops with the wiring. The head has extra steel for cutting and stripping various types of wires.

Utility Knife

A utility knife is a must-have tool for breaking down boxes, open packaging, cutting rugs and carpets, or scoring drywall. Williams 40052 is quite safe and convenient to use for a variety of DIY projects. Fitted with a removable and reversible blade, it is durable and an unavoidable part of your tool kit. 

Tape Measures

If you wish to do your DIY jobs accurately, a good tape measure is a must. Whether you want to check the size of a pipe, hang a picture appropriately, or measure the area of the wall to paint, you need a tape measure. Wright tape measure has a tough durable blade and a smooth strong lock. The tape is quite smooth and lies flat on the surface. A tape measure allows you to do all your measurements precisely.

Key Takeaway

It is important to expand your tool kit as you expand your home repair skills. The nature of your tasks can determine the tools that you need. If you are into painting, you might want to add some brushes in your tool kit. If you do a lot of carpentry projects, you might want to add some saws, nail guns, clamps, or chisels. Choose your tools according to your needs.

As you expand your tool kit, don't forget to expand your DIY skills as well. After all, what good is a tool for, if it is not appropriately and frequently used?