I’m sure you’ve seen countless blog posts and magazine articles regarding this subject. And there are some very obvious tools that come to mind.
Everyone could use a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, a set of pliers and a ladder. But here’s our list of tools/supplies we suggest for every homeowner. You may be surprised with our selection.
This is perhaps the most versatile item in a homeowner’s collection. It can be used for a multitude of applications around the house, from drilling holes for putting up pictures or shelves to setting screws. And while cordless drills are also very useful, having a cordless drill reduces the labor for the user because you can use it anywhere (as long as the battery is charged).
2. Multi Tool
This is another safe, versatile tool that is great for cutting many materials (including wood, metal, drywall, cement, mortar and plastic, just to name a few). It features interchangeable accessories that can be used for sanding, cutting, scraping, grinding AND polishing. There is always something around the house that needs to be cut, and this tool makes it simple and prevents those slipping mistakes that can be easily made when using a utility knife.
Who doesn’t like listening to music while doing those tedious, household chores? With a bluetooth speaker, you can have the music on your phone stream straight to the speaker with no messy wires. The tunes will help your day move along. My husband actually keeps one in our kitchen and has it on when he makes his coffee, cooks, washes dishes and packs his lunches (during the week). Spending the day painting a room in your house but don’t want to get your laptop dirty? These speakers are durable and paint won’t hurt them. Believe me…they come in handy.
4. Work Light
There’s nothing worse than working in a tight, dark area and being unable to see what you’re doing. When the power goes out and you have to check the circuit breaker? Grab your work light. Got a leak in the cabinet under your bathroom sink? Grab your work light. With some, the heads of the lights can be adjusted to shine light at odd angles, plus, some have hooks for hanging…so this will free-up a hand. There are so many cordless LED work lights available these days. And they’re much more powerful than regular flashlights.
Winter is fast approaching, and when you’re doing those outside jobs, repairs and chores (cleaning gutters, decorating for the holidays and/or shoveling snow off your driveway and sidewalk, just to name a few…), you will be glad you have one of these to keep you warm. Yes, while you’re moving around, your body temperature rises. But these jackets have different settings that can be easily adjusted to keep you comfortable.
6. Work Gloves
I think work gloves are SO easily overlooked! Don’t take your hands for granted…protect them whenever you can. Boy am I glad I had some while my husband and I were prepping for Hurricane Matthew…I don’t think I took mine off for a second! Of course, this was after I ended up slicing my finger on some shutters. I learned the hard way. But I did learn.
A tape measure is a DIY and around-the-house necessity. But for measuring long distances, a digital distance device will save you time and frustration, and you can use them by yourself. Simply press a button and get an accurate measurement. (Some of these can also calculate square feet and volume and some can even be used as levels.)
Because many jobs around the house require a hole of some kind to be drilled (putting up shelving, hanging photos or light fixtures, etc.) every homeowner should have a comprehensive set of drill bits and accessories (and a case to keep them together) that features a variety of bits that will get you through virtually any application…wood, metal, concrete, steel, aluminum and drywall.
9. Tool Belt
What happens when you only have two hands, AND you have more than two tools/accessories/supplies to carry around and use at one time? Talk about creating a problem for your back, with all the bending down to pick things up again, and again and again! Trying to accomplish a job while carrying all sorts of tools and supplies is quite a daunting task, but it’s accomplished much more easily when you’re decked out in a contractor tool belt with lots of pockets and hangers. A well-organized tool belt will allow you to work faster and better.
With so many tools and accessories, how will you keep everything straight? Stay organized with everything in its place with the help of a jobsite organizer.
Can you think of anything we missed? What would you add to our list?