Whether it’s patching holes in drywall or putting a nail in the wall to hang up a picture, every North Calgary homeowner has had some sort of situation where a tool was necessary to complete the job. For new homeowners especially, it’s common to not have the right tools for the job because they haven’t thought about buying a dedicated toolbox. There are many different tools out there, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to filling a home toolbox. Here are some of the most useful tools that every homeowner should have in their arsenal.
A Screwdriver Set
Gone are the days of needing to buy a set of 20 different screwdrivers in order to be ready for a screw of any size and shape. Homeowners can instead opt for a screwdriver that comes with a set of different heads that can be removed and replaced to fit a wide variety of different types of screws. These screwdriver sets are relatively inexpensive, and they take up a lot less space in a toolbox than a set of 12 or more individual screwdrivers. Screwdrivers are useful for everything from putting together furniture to replacing batteries on children’s toys, so they’re an invaluable addition to any toolbox.
A Measuring Tape
Many people have a foot-long ruler, but homeowners need to be able to measure larger spans than just 12 inches. A measuring tape can be used to measure how big the space for a refrigerator or washing machine is, or it can be used to measure a wall to plan where to hang up pictures. Tape measures come in a wide variety of different lengths, so homeowners can pick the size that fits their needs. The sizes typically range anywhere from 9-25 feet, with 25 feet being the most common. Measuring tapes longer than 25 feet are available, but most homeowners won’t need one that long.
It’s recommended that homeowners have a flashlight or two in their home for multiple reasons. They’re useful when the power goes out or during natural disasters, and they’re also useful around the home on an average day. They can be used to light up beneath a bed or a sofa to look for something that has fallen, or they can be used when tightening screws beneath a desk. Having multiple flashlights can also be a good idea; homeowners can keep one with their toolbox, and others spread across the home for safety purposes. Good places to put them can be in closets or cupboards.
Ladders and Step Ladders
While ladders are a bit too large to actually fit into a tool box, they’re still extremely helpful household tools. Ladders are useful for everything from reaching high shelves to putting up holiday decorations outside or even for staging your home. Homeowners should have two types of ladders: a step ladder for everyday indoor use and a large one for outdoor use. This will help ensure that homeowners never have to hire someone to come clean out their gutters unless they don’t feel comfortable doing it on their own. Homeowners also won’t have to balance precariously on a chair just to change a lightbulb if they have a convenient step ladder that can be folded and kept in a closet when not in use.
Every homeowner needs to have the tools on hand in order to take care of their home. These are some of the most common tools to start with, and from here, it’s just a matter of collecting other useful tools.