12 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Once you own a home, it’s a fact of life that things can break or need repairs throughout the time in which you own your home. Having some basic tools on hand, as a homeowner, can help you when it comes time to fix things that end up breaking or needing repairs around your house.

The following are 12 basic tools that every homeowner should have on hand when it comes to home improvement and DIY projects around the house:

Drill & Drill Bits:

Having a drill with a set of various-sized bits on hand can help you with a whole variety of home improvement or DIY projects. The versatility of this tool to a variety of various jobs around the house lends this drill and the accompanying bits in various sizes to something being a worthy investment for any homeowner.

Adjustable Crescent Wrench:

An adjustable wrench is a great investment as it saves you from having to own a wide variety of different wrenches when you only need one or two wrenches in your set to get a job done. Include some nuts and bolts of various sizes and you will have what you need to get a wide variety of home improvement projects done.


Having a heavyweight and a lightweight hammer on hand will help you take care of most tasks around the house. The general tip is that the larger the nail the heavier the hammer should be to correspond with the size of what the hammer is trying to hit. A heavyweight and lightweight hammer will meet the needs of most basic projects you have around the house.


A decent hacksaw can be obtained for about $20 and can be used for a variety home improvement projects. Some of those projects can include cutting through a variety of things from metal piping to cutting thick, heavy plastic such as well as penetrating through brackets, bolts, and wood.

25-Foot Tape Measure:

A tape measure can help with a number of indoor or outdoor projects. From measuring the size of a specific room to determining how far you apart you are spacing objects in your yard, a tape measure can be used for a variety of home improvement projects. A tape measure that is 25 feet long should be adequate for most home improvement or DIY projects.


If you have a flashlight, you are able to see in harder-to-see-in areas not to mention that if you have a breaker break or are working outside in the night time you will be able to see what you are doing past dusk. Purchasing about 25 LED batteries can provide you with about 100,000 hours of light.

A Variety of Pliers:

Pliers are great for holding things in place when you have to hold something steady to complete a project around your house. Needle-nosed pliers can get into harder-to-reach areas to hold things steady while you work in tight spaces. This helps with anything from tightening showerheads to fixing bent power cords around the house.


A level is a great way to help you do anything that needs to be done in a straight line. Whether you’re out to hang a picture or installing a new cabinet, a lever can be the tool you need to make sure your project is done in a straight line. This definitely beats doing the same project several times before it is done correctly.

Putty Knife:

A putty knife is a great tool for helping spread and even out many of your home improvement projects. When it comes to home improvement projects from helping reglaze a window or helping spackle a compound, a 2-inch, flat putty knife can be a vital tool to help your project turn out as well as it possibly can.


A stepladder can help you with any basic around the house projects that are just otherwise out of your reach. From fixing the track of a closet door to painting that area of your home just out of your reach, or even reaching the top shelf of your pantry, a stepladder can be that extra couple of feet you need to get things done around your house.


An 8-to-20-foot extension ladder can be used for projects that are further out of your reach than just your basic stepladder. A ladder that is anywhere between 8 and 20 feet tall, depending on if you are working inside or outside of your home, and depending on the height of your ceilings, should be adequate to do the trick. This ladder can help with anything from fixing shingles on your roof to changing a lightbulb, or other common home improvement projects around your home that need to be done, yet are in high places.


While you may have never intended to do entire plumbing projects in your house, a plunger is a pretty basic maintenance tool that every household should have on hand. Virtually everyone will have a situation when a plunger will come in handy. Having one around can save you having to call the plumber in the case of an emergency.

These are 12 basic tools that every homeowner should have laying around the house to help make home improvement projects or DIY projects easier when they come about. This may not solve every issue you have as a homeowner, but these tools are a great start to fix some basics around the house.

For more information on tools that you will need in your new home and how to start with your home improvement projects, please feel free to contact us.

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