The Top 5 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own
Having a well-stocked toolbox is a bit like having plumbing that works: We take for granted how easy each makes our lives until something breaks. Whether you’re a first time Connecticut homebuyer or a veteran homeowner who just doesn’t have the “fix it gene,” knowing what tools to have on hand for any situation can save you money—not to mention time spent wandering the aisles of that big box store. After over 50 years in the real estate business, we at Calcagni Real Estate have answered our fair share of “What should I buy when I move in?” questions—and we’ve learned from our own adventures in homeownership what the MVTs (Most Valuable Tools) are. Read on to learn our top 5 tools every homeowner should own, and why they’ll be the best investment your homeowner’s toolbox has ever seen.
1. Hammers (plural).
From hanging pictures to building decks, hammers are probably the most utilized of the toolbox heroes. Having two should be plenty: A basic claw hammer for big construction or outdoor projects (such as the afore-mentioned deck) and a pin hammer for smaller jobs like driving tacks into the wall. A helpful rule of thumb from the folks at HGTV.com? “The size of the hammer should correspond to the size of the nail. The bigger the nail, the heavier the hammer should be.”
2. Screwdrivers (also plural).
Screwdrivers will come in handy…always. Whether you’re changing out a switch plate or putting together furniture, you will be surprised by how often you reach for a screwdriver when owning a home—and that’s why you need a variety of them. HGTV.com suggests investing in “a variety pack with different types of screwdrivers—Phillips, slotted, Pozidriv—or get one screwdriver with interchangeable heads.”
3. Drills (and drill bits).
Investing in a battery operated drill will serve you well in the years to come. Make sure you pick up a variety pack of bits to ensure you’re prepared for any job that crops up. “Most drills come with the standard flat and Phillips driver bits, which are essential for driving screws and bolts,” according to bobvila.com. “By adding a set of hex drivers to your arsenal, you’ll be able to speed up assembly of flat-pack furniture and more easily take apart household item for maintenance and repair.”
From assembling furniture (hello, IKEA!) to hanging shelves or putting toys together, allen keys are an unsung hero of the homeowner’s toolbox. You can up the ante by investing in a set with a self-ratcheting handle.
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You don’t need to be a woodworker to invest in a hacksaw (though they are great for cutting wood). This inexpensive cutting tool serves as a do-it-all device for when you need to cut plastic, metal, brackets or bolts—so you’re ready for whatever home improvement project comes your way.
No matter where you are in your journey of Connecticut real estate, having the right tools on hand can make all the difference in your stress level. By preparing your toolbox now, you’re investing in your peace of mind in the years to come.