Must-Have Tools for Basic Repairs and Renovations Around the House

by - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

When you purchase your first home, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and excitement, but no matter the age of the home, there are sure to be some repairs and projects that pop up along the way. If you’re hoping to save a little money, then it’s a good idea to start tackling DIY projects on your own. Of course your success and results will only be as good as the tools you need. Just like with many other projects and jobs in life, choosing the right tools is absolutely imperative.

So what are the must-have tools you need in order to perform basic repairs and renovations in the home? Here’s a look at a starter tool kit that will be more than enough to get going with.


When it comes to the most-used tools, a hammer is right near the top of the list, if not the very top. It can be used for all kinds of projects both inside and outside your house. Look for a 16-ounce claw-style hammer with a good grip.


If you plan on building anything, hanging artwork, or even installing things such as a wall-mount television, you're going to need a level to make sure the item is properly positioned.

Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Pliers

Each of these can be bought individually, or you can buy them in sets. Typically purchasing a set of wrenches, screwdrivers, or pliers is cheaper than buying individual ones.

Tape Measure

Here's another one of those most-used items that you're going to need for pretty much every project you tackle. A basic 25-foot tape measure is often ideal.

Safety Glasses

No matter what kind of project you plan to do around your home, safety glasses should be worn at all times. You may even want to pick up a couple of pairs in case you have some help working on the projects.

Specialty Tools

From the basic tools, you can then move into specialty tools that are meant for specific kinds of jobs and projects. Take for example plumbing jobs where you need to be able to cut PVC pipe. You will then need the right kind of saw that will be based on the size of the pipe. You can find more information on what saw to use at

Proper Storage is Worth the Investment

Now that you have spent the money to build your starter tool kit, you want to be sure your investment is protected which means proper storage. There are a number of tool kits that will fit the basics, but they may not be large enough for all your items. You may need more of a storage center complete with a workspace and drawers.

Tools That Can be Used for a Multitude of Projects

This starter set of tools will help you with all the basic repairs and renovations you incur in your home, as well as a few advanced projects you may wish to take on.

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