Top 10 Tools for Homeowners

Posted: August 5, 2022

A member is in their workshop at home getting ready trim a piece of wood.

Are you a new homeowner or perhaps just trying to up your home improvement game? Here are ten useful tools you should keep on hand.

  1. Hammer: A hammer can be helpful for a number of tasks like hanging artwork on the walls and assembling furniture. You can also use a hammer’s angled claw to pull out nails if you need to.
  2. Multibit Screwdriver: Screws come in different shapes and sizes. With a multibit screwdriver, you’ll be able to swap out bits as you work on different projects. 
  3. Tape Measure: A retractable, lockable measuring tape will be key when you need to determine what size window treatments you’ll need or how big of a couch you’ll be able to fit in your living room.
  4. Level: A level can help you figure out if a surface is level (horizontal) or plumb (vertical). If you want to get fancy, you can get a high-tech level with a digital display or a laser, but a simple bubble vial level will do the trick too.
  5. Cordless Drill: As a homeowner, a cordless drill will become your best friend. It will enable you to drill holes and drive screws quickly, whether you need to install curtain brackets or hang shelves.
  6. Adjustable Wrench: An adjustable wrench will allow you to work with nuts and bolts of various sizes. This will be useful for repairs and furniture assembly.
  7. Hacksaw: An all-purpose hacksaw can cut through pipes, tubing, rods, wood and other hard materials.
  8. Pliers: Pliers will help you grip small objects like bolts, pins and nails. You can use them to tighten, loosen, cut, bend or straighten items.
  9. Utility knife: A utility knife is a versatile tool that can be used to break down cardboard boxes, cut drywall, trim roof shingles, cut fiberglass insulation and more.
  10. Extension Cord: You might not always have outlets in convenient spots, but an extension cord will give you the extra slack you need to make your leaf blower reach the whole yard or to power lights on your patio.

If working on smaller projects gives you the home improvement bug and you decide you want to tackle a larger renovation, we can help you finance it with an affordable, flexible Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC).