If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the tool section of a major department store or visited a home improvement store, you have probably found yourself in awe of just how many tools and parts there are out there. Believe it or not, those stores represent only the tiniest portion of the available tools that homeowners can use to keep their houses in good repair. Before you start buying the entire tool department, here’s a list of the must have home maintenance toolkit items that will probably see you through most minor and major home maintenance chores.
A basic tool kit that includes the following things is a great start:
- A quality set of screwdrivers and wrenches
- A hammer
- A socket wrench with heads
- Both standard and needle-nose pliers
Out of that list, the absolute must-haves are a hammer, the screwdrivers, and pliers. Other things you’ll want to add later include:
- Allen wrenches
- A level
- A good tape measure
- A utility knife
Of course, there are other tools that you’ll want to add to your toolkit over time. A shovel, a power drill, a hacksaw, a caulking gun, and a digital multi-meter should all be on your list of “eventual” must-haves. Do not forget the nails, screws, nuts, and bolts when creating your maintenance toolkit!
It’s hard to know exactly what might break down in your home at any time, but it’s always a good idea to keep some spare parts on hand for things that have to be changed or replaced frequently. These include:
- Light bulbs
- A/C or furnace filters
- Furnace fuse
- A/C capacitor
- Water filters
These are items that would make it pretty difficult to live comfortably if you had to do without. As you create a more extensive home repair kit, you can add non-essential spares, like rubber gaskets, to ensure that you are ready for just about anything your house may need to be replaced.
While many may not consider these supplies to be a part of home maintenance, you never know when you may need an emergency flashlight, for example, to complete a maintenance job. Sometimes home repair may become dangerous if something breaks, meaning you’ll need safety gear. The supplies that all homeowners should have in their emergency toolkit include:
- Extra batteries
- Duct tape and electrical tape
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask
Adding these items to your toolkit will ensure that you can stay safe if something serious needs to be dealt with.
Storing Your Toolkit
Clearly, a simple lunch-box style toolbox is not going to hold all of this, so how should you store your toolkit? There are a few ways to go about this. Many people keep all of their tools and supplies in one gigantic toolbox or cabinet and use a small, portable carrier to haul just the tools and supplies they need from room to room. Others keep their essential tools and parts in a small toolbox, with backups and safety gear stored in a drawer, or another toolbox.
If you are lucky enough to have space, you can create a great toolkit organization center where tools are stored on the wall or in large standing tool chests, and small items can be brought to the tool station to be worked on. No matter how you choose to store it all, just be sure that you have a portable option for when you need to do some maintenance.
By keeping your toolkit well stocked with these must-haves, you’ll be able to handle almost any basic home maintenance project you come across.