12 Essentials for Your Home Repair Toolbox

August 24, 2020 | by BMI Staff

Every homeowner, new and old, should expect to make a repair to their house at some point in time. Whether it is mending a loose floorboard or repairing a broken down appliance, having the tools on hand to do so will make the process a lot less of a headache. Here is a complete list of every tool we think homeowners should have at their disposal.

1. Hammer

You never know when you’re going to need to hang up your newest piece of decor or have to repair the occasional damaged fixture. Having a hammer on hand is the most basic and handy way to quickly remedy any home-improvement situation.

2. Vice-Grip Pliers

You might find a pair of vice-grip pliers useful any time you need to remove a stuck screw or loosen a stubborn bolt, but this tool is also handy for clamping small things into place.

3. Nails and Screws

It is always good to have an abundance of these on hand. No matter what situation arises, you will be prepared with the exact tool you need to either decorate or repair your home. Make sure to stock up on a variety of sizes and colors to match every room in your home.

4. Tape measure

If you have ever needed a quick measurement, you know how time sensitive it can be. From making sure a new piece of furniture will fit into your living room to ensuring your child is tall enough for the latest roller coaster, a tape measure can come in handy for a variety of reasons. The last thing you want to do is simply wing it because you didn’t have one on hand.

5. Screwdriver

Make sure you have a way of getting those screws loose with a screwdriver. Even better, invest in a cordless drill so your arms don’t tire out.

6. Adjustable wrench

This tool may come in handy in a variety of ways, but most commonly it will be used to either tighten or loosen bolts.

7. Pliers

Pliers are handy for those needing an extra boost for their grip. An extension of your hands that offers a stronger grip may come in handy for several home repairs.

8. Level

You just spent time and money decorating your home to perfection, and you probably don’t want it looking like a page from Dr. Seuss. Make sure all of your decorations are hung to perfection with a level.

9. Metal Straightedge

Use this tool when working on home projects to ensure lines are straight and perfectly sized.

10. Wire cutters

Sometimes a household pair of scissors simply will not cut it (pun very much intended!). Make sure you are not left in a bind with a pair of scissors strong enough to cut through wire. This, like many of our suggestions, is one of those tools you won’t need until you need it. And then it will be nice to have around!

11. Saw

Whether you are building a tree house or simply need to remove a risky branch before it hits your home, a saw will get the job done quickly.

12. Spackle

When your kids bring that ball inside for a kick around the house, you’ll be glad you had some spackle on hand! Make sure to keep the extra paint you used in each room for the occasional, minor repair.