Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but after you have completed the purchase and moved in, you are responsible for maintenance. In other words, you no longer have a landlord to fix that running toilet or leaky faucet.
Having a few essentials in your toolbox can help you make some common repairs yourself. Here are 5 tools every homeowner should own for the small repairs anyone can do by themselves.
1. Claw hammer
One side of the hammerhead is flat and used for pounding, while the other has a V-shaped notch that can extract nails from surfaces such as wood without damaging the nails or the surface.
2. Manual screwdriver set
A manual screwdriver is good for assembling furniture, removing light switch covers and tightening cabinet knobs, among other tasks. But there are a variety of screw heads and sizes, so buy a package with multiple blade tips and sizes.
3. Cordless drill
Whether you are driving bolts into wall studs to mount a flat-screen TV, tightening hinges or cutting out holes for door knobs, using a battery-powered drill means you don't have to worry about finding an outlet or snaking a cord into hard-to-reach spaces.
4. Putty knife
Whether you are filling cracks, scraping away dry paint or applying caulk, using a putty or spackle knife with a stiff, metal two-inch blade will make the job easier and less messy.
5. Digital tape measure
A digital tape measure makes it easier to quickly and accurately record and convert measurements in comparison with the traditional measuring tape.