Even if you’re not a fan of DIY, it’s a good idea to have a basic tool kit in your home.
Whether you own your rent your property, there are bound to be occasions when you need to carry out small-scale repairs or improvements. This is where a home tool kit comes in very handy. Having the right tools will make any DIY job quicker and easier – and probably more successful too!
If you need to build up your own basic home tool kit, here’s a handy list of must-have essentials you should try to include.
Lots of screwdrivers are sold in packs of multiple sizes, but to get you started you only really need one medium-sized flat head, and one medium-sized Phillips head. Go for a handle that’s comfortable to hold, as you’ll be applying lots of pressure through it.
You might also want to add in a set of really small screwdrivers, these are great for intricate jobs like tightening glasses and dealing with battery compartments.
You will use this one so many times! Hanging pictures, measuring walls to work out how much paint you need, measuring windows for curtains, marking where to cut a piece of wood… a tape measure is essential for most DIY jobs. Choose a study metal one, ideally with a tape length of 25 feet (approximately 7.5 metres), and you’ll be covered for pretty much everything you need to measure.
If you only choose one power tool for your home tool kit, make it an electric drill. As well as drilling holes for all manner of fixings, you can use it with screwdriver bits for a boost of power. It’s a good idea to go for a cordless drill, this will mean you’re not limited to the length of the power cable, and is also a safer option.
Fasteners are integral to many home DIY projects. Aim to stock your tool kit with a variety of fasteners; assorted lengths of nails, wood screws, security screws and nuts and bolts will all come in handy on a regular basis. You can buy fasteners in sets of mixed sizes, or make up your own assortment.
This is another multi-functional tool that really earns it’s space in the tool kit. A hammer is perfect for hanging picture hooks and nails, and if you choose one with a claw on the other side of the head, it’s ideal for removing those hooks and nails too.
Utility knives are great for decorating, craft projects and general household jobs such as cutting down garden canes. They usually have retractable blades, which are either breakaway style or supplied with replacements, so you’ll get lots of use out of a single purchase.
Pliers are brilliant for gripping things, removing nails and loosening tight screws. Choose one with a built-in wire cutter and you’ll double up on functionality. This is another tool where it’s important to have a comfortable grip.
Tape is a great tool kit basic which is useful for so many jobs. Duct tape is ideal for patching things up and holding things together. If you’re decorating, masking tape will help you achieve a neat finish and minimise clean-ups. Electrical tape can be used to repair wires, and plumber’s tape is perfect for stopping leaky taps.
Superglue will cover you for most breakages and projects around the home. Consider also having some wood glue in your tool kit if you’re keen on DIY.
Wall filler is fantastic for hiding imperfections – including any DIY mistakes you make, such as nails in the wrong place. A multi-purpose filler is a good basic to go for. You will probably also need some sandpaper, for smoothing off the filler and creating a neat finish.
You’ve probably already got a torch, but consider adding one to your tool kit too. You may need it for working in a poorly lit area, or dealing with a power cut.
Don’t forget the pencil! Yes, you’ve probably got lots of them around the house, but when you really need one mid-job you’ll be glad you don’t have to go hunting. There’s a reason why workmen always have one in a pocket or behind their ear!
Do you have all of these items in your home tool kit? Is there a must-have tool you’d add to the list?