The Essential Must-Haves That You Should Own as A Homeowner

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There are a few tools every home needs. These are our picks.

Whatever the size or shape of your home, whether you own it or are just renting, having an essential home toolkit handy is always helpful. You don't need to go overboard. Keep power tools to a minimum, but a few essentials make doing those smaller home repairs a little less inconvenient.

Here are a few ideas:


A super-helpful substance that fills small holes, dents, and scratches in pretty much anything (it's especially useful for sorting out minor issues in walls). Don't go overboard, though. Pick up a small tub, as Spackle that hasn't been used for a while will dry out and become unusable. You'll also need a putty knife for best application.

A Few Types of Tape

While tape is pretty useful in all its forms, there's no one type of tape that will do everything you need, so a well-stocked kit needs package tape, standard tape, electrical tape, and ideally, reflective safety tape too. That should cover most, if not all, of your home DIY bases.

Tape Measure

Make sure your tape measure is at least 20 feet long, and it should cover you for most at-home DIY jobs. If you do a lot of smaller measuring work, you can also add a second, shorter tape to make those projects easier. They're handy for taking to the homeware or hardware store, too, so you can measure up any new furniture or fittings before you buy them.


Every home toolkit should have at least two screwdrivers - one flat head and one Phillips head. A set of extra-small screwdrivers also comes in useful for fiddly things such as fixing glasses or electronics.


Another item where one set won't do. Needle-nose pliers are the most useful, but wire-cutting pliers and heavier pliers are also solid additions. Choose various sizes and shapes to cover all your bases.

Spirit Level

Spirit levels are a must for any project that requires a straight line, such as hanging a picture or drilling holes for shelves. Spend a little extra cash on a hardy, accurate level, and it could last you a lifetime.

Cordless Drill

The only power tool on the list, the small cordless drill has so many uses that it's more than worth the added expense. As well as drilling holes for nails and screws, you can also swap drill bits out for screwdriver bits for a truly multi-purpose tool.


Another tool that works for so many things, a medium-sized hammer is a cornerstone of any home toolkit. If you do a lot of big or small projects, you might also want to consider larger or smaller sizes.

Nail and Screw Selection

If you're not sure what to get, you can pick up a ready-built set of nails and screws at your local hardware store, or if you're more confident, you can put together your own customized set. Choose a range of sizes, shapes, and uses for projects such as hanging pictures or making minor repairs around the house.


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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

As a tool person and homeowner, I do have all of these items, but was surprised that spackle was the first item on your list. I would probably add a flashlight to the list.

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