Bought A New Home? Important Tools to Keep in Your House

Once you buy a house, it's important to keep good tools on hand for DIY home improvement projects. These tools can help you fix and improve your new home.

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Bought A New Home? Important Tools to Keep in Your House

Posted by Gary Ashton RE/MAX Advantage on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 1:59pm.

Tools to Keep Around the HouseSo, you just bought a new home. Congratulations! Now that you're a homeowner, it's important to have tools on hand for home improvements and repairs. The following tools will come in handy for basic improvement projects around the house.

Painting Supplies

One of the first things that many homeowners do when they move into a new house is paint one or two rooms. New colors on the walls can help you enjoy a new home and personalize your space. Painting can be done easily, even if a homeowner has little or no experience with DIY projects. All you need are the right tools. To get started on your first home painting project, you'll need the following:

  • Tarp
  • Paintbrush, angled and chisel
  • Paint roller (long and short handles)
  • Spackling
  • Paint scraper
  • Rags
  • Painting tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Ladder

These basic tools can come in handy in large and small paint jobs. If a homeowner is planning to paint their entire Hendersonville home, stock up on several paint brushes, paint rollers and painting trays. If homeowners can afford expensive paint brushes, do so. Cheap paintbrushes can leave bristles on the walls that will be embedded in the paint for a long time after the paint job is finished.

Plumbing Tools

Plumbing issues like clogged drains, running toilets and leaky faucets are all common problems in single family homes. Keep basic plumbing tools on hand for clearing drains, replacing toilet tank parts and fixing leaks. Some of the tools that come in most handy for these tasks include:

  • Plunger
  • Plumber's auger
  • Plumber's wrench
  • Plumber's tape

Tools for Hanging Curtains, Pictures, Shelves and Blinds

In your first few months in your new home, you're likely to find yourself hanging curtains, pictures, shelves and blinds with some frequency. To make these tasks easier, you'll need the following tools on hand:

  • 20 ounce hammer
  • Level
  • Screws and nails of various widths and lengths
  • Screw driver
  • Stud finder

It's also a good idea to buy a power drill for drilling into plaster, dry wall and wall studs. A basic drill can be used for a variety of different home improvement projects, from drilling holes into walls and masonry to drilling screws into wood. When you're looking for the right drill for your needs, consider purchasing a range of drill bits to have on hand for all occasions.

Miscellaneous Tools

In addition to the tools already mentioned above, there are a variety of various miscellaneous tools that many homeowners keep on hand for making general repairs and dealing with odd-ball problems. Some common tools that homeowners often need around the house include:

  • Pliers
  • Allen wrench
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Bolt cutters
  • Wire cutters
  • Steel wool
  • Broom
  • Work gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Utility knife
  • Sand paper

Having these items on hand can help homeowners make a transition to a new home. Whether a homeowner is trying to tear out old carpeting, fix a hole in the wall, repair a broken door knob or tighten a loose deck board, these tools can help.

Don't Forget the Tool Box

Any homeowner with a good set of tools will require a good tool box. When looking for a tool box, don't forget to find a tool box with drawers that can keep all nails and screws organized. Assume that more tools will be collected with time, so buy a toolbox that's larger than what you need. This way you'll always have a good spot to put your tools, even the brand new tools.


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

The #1 Real Estate Team in Tennessee and #2 RE/MAX team in the World!


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