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Brought a new home? Congratulations on jumping into a new role! Moving into your new dream house is an easy task! But maintaining it is not. Sometimes you have to become ‘Bob the Builder’ and fix the minor flaws in your new home, like hanging your family portrait, fix a leaking faucet, fix your broken furniture. These are some simple ‘Do it Yourself‘ tasks that don’t need an expert. Here are few Essential Tools for New Homeowners to Maintain Home. All you have to do is to own a good tool kit and get your head down in action.

Here are some essential tools that we propose a new homeowner should always have in the toolkit:

  1. Hammer and Mallet
  2. Pliers
  3. Measurement tape
  4. Spirit level 
  5. Screwdriver set
  6. Alen/Hex Key Set
  7. Wrench
  1. Hand drill
  2. Hacksaw
  3. Extension cord
  4. Safety Gear
  5. Trimming knife
  6. Insulation tape and wire caps
  1. Hammer and Mallet 

Often mistaken as a hammer, mallet is a different tool with a separate purpose. While the hammer accompanies a small metalhead, the mallet is made entirely of wood with a slightly bigger head. Hammer exerts a hard deforming force on the surface it strikes. Whereas, the mallet is used to hammer on rubber and wooden surfaces.

Mallet comes in very handy for fixing furniture or picture frames. Hammer and the nail pair, on the other hand, makes the basic essential to have in your toolbox. From hanging a portrait on a wall to straightening a bend on a metal frame, the hammer has endless benefits. 

  • Pliers

This gripping tool has a multipurpose function in your tool kit. Many of the kind are available, so it’s highly advisable to stock small and medium sizes of Nose pliers and a Cutting plier in your tool kit. Nose pliers have long nose arms to reach in and out of smaller objects like tubes and hoses and helps to pull out blockages. Cutting plier (Electrician Pliers) helps you to chip and strip electrical wires.

  • Measurement tape

Measurement tape is the next must-have tool for a new homeowner. Most of your repair or correction work will involve taking crucial measurements where the tape would help. Consider getting a retractable tape carrying both inches and centimeter markings with at least 20 ft in length. This helps you not only with smaller jobs but is also vital to measure your entire block.

  • Spirit level

Leveling is an essential aspect of household engineering. A clock, shelf, or your family photo will look weird if hammered unintentionally at a certain angle. Your eyes can be deceptive to judge the tilt on the extended length of your wall, and you might end up fixing your hangers in a wrong angle. A spirit level gets your job done with perfection. 

  • Screwdriver set

The next in the list is screwdrivers. Prefer getting cross and flat head screwdrivers with interchangeable heads. Here is a little tip – magnetizing your screwdriver helps you ensure tiny screws don’t slip away. 

  • Allen/Hex Key Set

Allen key screws are generally preferred over ordinary screws and nails by construction engineers for handrails, fixing of frames, and hangers. Additionally, they are used in modular furniture sets – all because of the sturdy and robust rigidity they provide. Slipping is also avoided when an Allen screw is involved. An added advantage is that an Allen key set is available at cheaper rates.

  • Adjustable Wrench

An adjustable wrench has jaws that can be tuned to the required size. The nut will sit between the jaws and can be tightened with ease. You can spend a little more pennies to grab a self-ratcheting wrench, which will lock the jaws as needed. 

  • Hand drill

Let it be cordless or corded, you definitely need a hand drill. Because of its versatile functions, the Hand drill kit becomes an essential part of your toolkit. It can drill through wood, walls, and even metal pipes. You can purchase a smaller drill set, compact and with variable speed adjustments to meet your needs squarely. 

  • Hacksaw

Hand saws are easier to handle than electric saws. A good quality hacksaw can even slice and dice through PVC pipes and metal tubes quickly.

  1. Extension cord

If you want to use your power tool a little farther away from the power source, you can get an extension cord. This makes the extension cord an essential addition to your toolbox.

  1. Safety Gear

No matter what you do, safety is a priority. A pair of gloves would guard your hands against minor injuries and from dirt. If you are a frequent user of power tools, pair your gloves with a set of safety glasses and earbuds. It’s these tiny little things that will save you.

  1. Trimming knife

A box cutter or a utility knife is a magnificent tool to decorate your toolkit. Known for precision jobs, a retractable knife serves at areas where you need to cut off wires, scrapings, and when breaking tin cans. Of course, it also replaces and saves your kitchen knife from taking damage.

  1. Insulation tape and wire caps

Nobody likes to get electrocuted in their new home. To finish your tool kit collection, get a few insulation tapes and wire caps. Locate weakened electrical wire joints and insulate them with the tape. You can also arrest a leaking water line with waterproof insulation tape. Wire caps can be alternatively used to cover up wire ends in a clumsy unused switch box.

With these tools, you are all set! Rock and roll like a champ with your new tool kit, and get your ducks in a row! This article is contributed by Sharon P Lliff from

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