One of the most frequently asked questions we get when we clean, install or repair something for our clients is: “What are the basic tools I should have in my house at all time?”. We decided to compile our answers in this article and present you with the most useful tools for home maintenance and handyman services. Of course, you should still call us and we will bring everything we need with us, but sometimes you just need to tighten a screw or drill a small hole in the wall.
1. A quality hammer. A hammer is one of the most versatile tools you could use inside and outside your house, and this is reason enough to buy one. However, most inexperienced people prefer a budget hammer instead of a quality one. Our advice is to always invest a bit more in a quality hammer: choose one with a steel or fiberglass handle, and a rip-claw on the other side.
2. A hacksaw. A hacksaw is very compact compared to its power and particularities. Unlike a typical handsaw, a hacksaw can easily cut through metal, plastic, and wood. In terms of DIY, this tool is much more useful than a wood saw, especially since there is a large number of blades available for them.
3. A utility knife. Its utility stems from the name itself! A razor-sharp knife is very useful for cutting things, especially packages, drywalls, gaskets, insulations, but also for scraping things clean. Even if a steak knife will sometimes do the job, we would suggest different tools for different activities.
4. A screwdriver with switchable heads. Our fathers had to buy a separate drill for each head, but we are lucky: we only need one screwdriver, as long as it has switchable heads. The all-in-one kit comes with all sorts of drills: Phillips, flathead, square, cruciform, etc.
5. An adjustable wrench. A crescent or adjustable wrench is one of the best ways to deal with bolts and nuts, especially if you choose an 8 or 10-inch tool. Both can open to about an inch, which is more than enough even for large bolts.
6. A set of pliers. Pliers are also one of the most useful and versatile tools you could own, but unfortunately, they are not universal. This means you should buy Linesman pliers, as well as Locking pliers, or vice-grips, needle-nose pliers, and tongue-and-groove pliers. All these tools will help you with nuts and bolts, pipes, and clamping stuff.
7. A set of hex keys. Last but not least, you will also need a set of hex keys, also known as Allen wrenches. Like the multipurpose screwdriver, hex keys no longer need to be individual pieces, and they can be bought as an all-in-one kit. Their importance for the home maintenance toolbox can’t be underestimated since they are very useful when it comes to plumbing and build-it-yourself activities.
Of course, the list could go on, with a tape measure, a pry bar, a bucket for your tools, and of course the right safety equipment.