Once you are handed the keys to your new home, it’s time for the second most important purchase: a toolbox.
From hanging frames to making minor repairs, having the essential tools at your disposal will make customizing your home a faster and easier process. Just like finding the right home, you want to make sure you find all the right tools and supplies for your toolbox. Here are some of the essentials as you build your kit (and your home)!
Hammer – a standard claw hammer is the first necessary item in any toolbox. Choose a size and weight that feels comfortable for you.
Screwdrivers – a Phillips head and flat head screwdriver will take you far on many projects. It is handy to have multiple sizes. Purchase at least two sizes of each type or look for a driver with multiple, interchangeable heads.
Wrenches – look for a drive ratchet in multiple sizes, a pipe wrench and an adjustable wrench to fit all sorts of bolts around the house.
Pliers – needle-nose pliers are essential for detailed work, while larger, locking pliers will always give you a secure hold.
Measuring tape – at least 25 feet for a range of projects.
Pencils – have a few in the top of your toolbox for easy wall marking.
Pry bar – a crow bar or similar tool will prove useful inside and out of your new home.
Utility tools – A knife, metal cutter and a stripper can be used for cutting wire and other thin items.
Cordless Drill – one with a variety of drill bits and fasteners and without a cord will allow for the most flexibility.
Hand Saw – Choose between the many different sizes and shapes of saws based on the types of projects you would most often need it for. A coping saw is best for fine, detailed cutting, while a hacksaw will cut through much denser material.
Nails & Screws – Last but not least, a diverse collection of nails, screws and other hanging devices will allow for easy mounting and decorating. Save extra pieces from any furniture or frames you purchase to add tothe diversity of your collection.
Similar to a well-stocked cabinet of cleaning supplies, a completed toolbox will help make odd jobs easier in your new home. For more on building your best toolbox, check out Porch.com’s advice blog and Popular Mechanics’ Home Toolbox Essentials.