So, you just closed on your dream home. Congratulations! While you’re probably busy packing your clothes, dishes and sports equipment, there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget—a solid, reliable collection of tools. Even if you’re moving into an artfully-built new home with no fixing up required, there are still a few things we’d recommend you have just in case:
If this seems like an obvious choice, there’s a reason for it—a good hammer is an absolute must. The right hammer for you will be easy to swing and hit a nail without excessive exertion, so be sure not to select one that’s too heavy. Go for a hammer with straight claws over one with curved claws.
- Drill and Drill Bits
While using a power drill may seem daunting at first, this powerful tool has a wide variety of potential uses and is easy to operate after just a bit of instruction (and eye protection!). Make sure to get a varied pack of drill bits that includes Phillips-head, slotted and square-drive bits in a wide variety of sizes.
- Adjustable Crescent Wrench
This type of wrench, whose movable jaw allows it to be used for differently-sized nuts and bolts, is a must! This will be especially crucial for loosening or tightening a nut or bolt during a plumbing project or for assembling your new furniture.
- Stud Finder
If you want to hang up something heavy like a mirror, television or bulky piece of art you’ll need a stud finder, which makes it easy to find wall studs (as the name suggests) behind drywall, allowing you to seamlessly hang large items. Either an electric or magnetic stud finder can do the job.
- Utility Knife
Keep your good steak knives in tip-top condition by only using them for their intended purpose. A utility knife, also known as a boxcutter or razor knife, can greatly help in cutting drywall or carpet, as well as opening boxes. A good quality knife with replaceable blades can be your best friend.