One of the joys of renting is never having to fix a leaky faucet or hang a sheet a drywall. A call to the landlord typically takes care of most households fixes.
Becoming a homebuyer means inheriting the title of landlord. First-time homebuyers can be caught flat-footed by the transition, but you don’t need to be a home improvement genius to tackle many day-to-day fixes. A great place to start is by assembling a multipurpose toolbox with the best tools.
Here’s a look at some potential starters:
A high-quality hammer and an assortment of nails is a must. Professionals swear by hickory-handled hammers. Other good quality hammers are made of fiberglass or solid steel. The price range for a good hammer is between $25 and $35.
Moving to a new home, measuring for a new addition to your home, or checking to see how tall your children are getting – you need measuring tape. Start with a 16-foot measurer for $8 to $15.
Duct tape can work wonders. Buy a pack with a few rolls for about $4.
Aside from power outages flashlights can come in handy when repair jobs need better lighting, from fixing a pipe under the sink to searching for the circuit breaker in the dark. Any flashlight is better than none at all, but to get the best for your money look for an LED flashlight between $18 and $30.
Whether you’re putting together a new shelf or tightening a loose screw you’re going to need a screwdriver. It’s best to keep both types around (Phillips and flat head). Buy a quality set from $20 to $30.
Having one of these retractable cutters around will aid in art projects and home improvement projects galore. Getting a quality one isn’t hard, just be sure to buy a few spare blades while you’re at the store. Look to spend around $10.
There are tons of uses for pliers in and outside the home. Bending or straightening wires, gripping pipes during a repair, tightening a nut and bolt and more. There’s also an assortment of types of pliers. Get yourself a needle-nosed pliers and larger adjustable pliers. The cost will be around $12 to $20 for each.
Television remote, flashlight, toys, smoke detectors — they all run off batteries. The best tip on price is buying larger packs to keep the unit price down. You may not use the extras immediately, but it never hurts to have extras.