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The Essential List of Tools for Basic Home Repair Projects


As a first time homeowner, you might be surprised to find out that most home repair projects don’t require a handyman or general contractor. There are many projects you can complete as long as you have the essential tools. To get started, let’s talk about the tools you need, then dive into the projects you can tackle.

Here’s a list of essential tools that no homeowner should be without:

  • Hammer, and a container of nails
  • Wrench
  • A set of screwdrivers (flat head and Phillips), and a container of screws
  • Tape measure
  • Small hand saw
  • Toilet plunger
  • Level
  • Pliers
  • Small ladder
  • Chalk

Easy Repair Projects

  • Bathtub isn’t draining. Try using a toilet plunger to pull out excess hair caught in the drain.
  • Hanging pictures or curtains. Use your level to ensure you’ve got a straight horizontal line, and then draw a line using chalk.
  • Changing light bulbs or painting walls. Luckily, you’ve got a small ladder handy to help you reach!
  • Loose dresser drawer knobs. Most knobs are bolted in using a screw; you can use your screwdriver to tighten it up.
  • Front door is sticking or squeaking. Tighten the hinge screws or if they look rusted, change them out. 

When to Call a Handyman or General Contractor?
If you are a novice at using household tools, you certainly cannot be expected to complete complex household repairs on your own. Therefore, when something breaks it’s important to evaluate the situation. If the issue looks complex or involves something that may cause imminent damage to your home, hiring a handyman or a general contractor may be necessary.

Consider a handyman or general contractor for:

  • Carpentry
  • Remodeling
  • Concrete work
  • Dryer repair

Owning basic household tools is important. There’s nothing worse than trying to hammer a nail into a wall with the sole of a shoe! All homeowners should have a set of basic household tools on hand. It’s easy to store a small set of tools, and you might be surprised at how many household repairs you can complete on your own.