When it comes to homeownership, people find themselves in two different camps regarding home improvement projects. Some people revel in the idea of customizing their homes. On other hand, some people dread doing home maintenance work.
Regardless of which category you fall into, one thing is certain - home improvement projects are easier if you have the right tools. However, if you don't already have a shop or garage full of tools, you may not have what you need.
We're here to help. Keep reading for the most common tools people need for DIY home improvement projects.
1. A Tape Measure
Most contractors live by the code "measure twice, cut once." This serves as a friendly reminder to double-check your measurements before cutting the materials you need. However, you can't measure anything without a tape measure.
This is one of the most important tools for any DIYer. "Eyeballing it" is rarely a good choice if you're trying to create a professional-looking result.
2. A Level and Square
Though you may not have any schooling or training in contracting work, everyone knows that shelves and tables need to be level. While many cell phones provide a leveling app, they're not always accurate.
We recommend getting a professional level to make sure surfaces are completely flat and level and a square to ensure perfect 90-degree angles.
3. A Drill
Most homes have at least a flat-head and Phillips-head screwdriver. However, not as many homes have power drills. If you need to use screws or bolts, you're going to want to invest in one of these.
They can shorten the length of any project. Not to mention, tightening screws by hand can be incredibly taxing.
4. A Hammer and Nails
If you're connecting two pieces of wood together and aren't using screws, odds are you're using nails. Therefore, you're going to need a hammer. While tiny eight-ounce hammers are cute for small DIY projects, you're going to want something with a little more versatility.
Many furniture items and other pre-fabricated items come with nuts and bolts for assembly. For this reason, you're going to want a socket set to make sure you're ready to handle these projects.
For a more complete set, you can supplement your socket set with a wrench set.
6. Basic Yard Tools
Next, remember that many of the best home improvement projects focus on curb appeal. This means you're going to be working outside in the yard. As such, you'll need basic yard tools, such as a shovel, rake, hoe, post-hold digger, wheelbarrow, etc.
7. Heavy Machinery
Finally, though you may not want to buy your own, there may come a time when you need to rent heavy machinery or power tools. For example, if you're doing a big project outside and need to move a lot of earth, you may want to rent a mini-excavator or trackhoe.
You may also consider renting an auger to dig post holes for a new fence, a sandblaster to clean concreate or remove paint and rust, etc.
Want More Tips for Your Home Improvement Project?
Do you have big plans for your home? If you're planning on all new home improvement projects this year, make sure you have the right tools for the job. They can save you a lot of time, effort, and frustration.
And if you want more tips and advice, be sure to read up on some of our other articles before you go. Our blog was created to help homeowners like you perfect their homes and properties.