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Sep 6, 2019

A Beginner's Home Maintenance Tool Kit

Routine home maintenance will help you decrease the likelihood of damages that may result in a claim, but you’ll need the right tools to keep up with it. 

Here’s a list of must-haves for home maintenance: 

Duct tape, electrical tape, and masking tape - It might seem a bit excessive -- but all three have their own specific best uses and they can’t really be swapped for one another. Trust us, you don’t even want to think about taping off your trim with duct tape before painting. 

Tape measure (and pencil) - The uses are unlimited, and it’s always better to get a measurement than to eyeball it and be off!

Hacksaw - Before investing into expensive power tools you can likely start off with a simple hacksaw for small tasks. Some hacksaws can cut metal too. 

Penetrating oil - Anything rusted, stripped or seized can be sprayed with an oil spray such as WD-40 or PB Blaster to help free it. It’s also a simple fix for a squeaky hinge. 

Multi-tool - Just plan to keep this close by at all times. The uses are unparalleled. A decent multi-tool will include both flathead and Phillips head screw tips, a saw, pliers, a grit, bottle opener and more. 

Step ladder - Sometimes things are just too far out of reach. A step ladder can provide a simple and secure foundation to reach the heights you need. 

Fishing line and bailing twine - Need to hang something -- fishing line. Need to secure something -- bailing twine. 

Super glue - You’ll be happy to have it when you undoubtedly need it -- just be careful to only put it on what you need!

Protective gear - Goggles, gloves, and protective clothing are not just practical, but they can really help protect you if something goes wrong.

Various screwdrivers and screw sizes - These are an absolute must-have -- whether you’re putting together a new product or tightening up the lid for a pot or pan -- you’ll always need to have both flat head and Phillips head screws and screwdrivers available. 

Hammer and various nail sizes - Although nails are used less frequently than screws nowadays it is still smart to have both on hand. 

Shop vac - DIY projects and home maintenance are messy. Keep your space dirt and debris free with a shop vac that can work for just about anything. 

Level - Having things flat isn’t just for perfectionists -- it’s for anyone who doesn’t want furniture falling over. 

Wrenches - A set of socket wrenches, crescent wrenches, and an adjustable wrench will be helpful to have on hand. 

Drill - An electric drill is a must- have for every homeowner. There are some instances where a simple screwdriver and brute force won’t work -- this is when an electric drill is a lifesaver. A drill would be helpful for hanging curtains in your new home! 

Rope - You never know when you might need it -- but when you do, you’ll be happy you’ve got it.  

Bungee cords - Although bungee cords often work as more of a temporary fix, it’s a good idea to have them. You might also want to have ratchet straps (especially while moving your belongings from your old home to your new home)!  

Zip ties - Having an assorted size collection of zip ties is a great emergency fix for securing items.

Flashlight/head lamp - As a homeowner you should always have several reliable flashlights on hand. Additionally, a headlamp is a helpful handsfree tool when you need use of both hands. 

Pliers - Pliers are especially handy when it comes to plumbing and electrical maintenance. Depending on the pliers they may be used to cut wire in addition to gripping various items. 

Any other tools you might consider home maintenance tool kit must-haves? Let us know in the comments.