New to owning a home? Congratulations. Home ownership is one of life’s greatest goals. But in buying yourself a house, you’ve done something else you might not have realized. You’ve inherited a ton of work.
It’s been said that to own a home is to manage a state of decay. A not so positive way of saying that something is always going wrong in your house. When these things do crop up, you have two choices: you can either hire out or tackle the task yourself.
Do it yourself home maintenance is both rewarding and very cost effective. However, to do it, you do need some stuff. That in mind, read on for five tools every homeowner should have.
A decent ladder is a common component of many basic do it yourself repair jobs. Whether you are changing the batteries in your smoke detector, checking on something in your attic, or painting your entire home, you will need a ladder.
This is one tool that you aren’t going to want to skimp on. Remember, the point of this product is to stand between you and a nasty fall. You can get a decent ladder for under $50. However, you should definitely prioritize safety over price.
Ladders will include information on their weight rating. Keep in mind that a decent ladder should be able to support your body weight and the weight of your gear.
2. A Clawed Hammer
If you want to do something as simple as hanging up a picture, you are going to need a hammer or two. This tool is used for most jobs, which means every homeowner should have one.
Hammers are cheap, easy to use, and relatively safe. Some homeowner may find it worthwhile to invest in several hammers, as different sizes can be used for a range of tasks.
3. Tape Measure
There are lots of different reasons you might need a decent tape measurer. Whether you are measuring for furniture, rugs, carpeting, drapes, blinds, etc. or you are trying to level something, a tape measurer is invaluable.
Retractable units are affordable, efficient and versatile enough to handle a wide range of tasks. Just keep in mind that tape measures come in a wide variety of lengths. Most homeowners will benefit from one with the capacity to measure twenty-five feet or more.
Drills are a good, basic power tool that can be used for a wide range of jobs. They are easy to use, affordable, and extremely versatile. Though cost can vary quite significantly, there are decent options available for under $50.
5. Safety Gear
Last but not least, let’s talk safety. Doing it yourself is great, but only if you take the proper precautions. Work gloves and goggles can mean the difference between a job well done, and a serious injury.
More advanced work may likewise require more advanced safety gear, like steel-toed boots, or, in the case of woodworking, a dust collection system. You may also consider some type of ear protection, for jobs involving power tools, or even your lawnmower.
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