Homeowners Tool Guide

Essential Tools for Homeowners

Having a well stocked toolbox is essential for all homeowners. Whether you want to build your own shed, hang up some artwork, or do some DIY projects, you’ll need to have the proper tools handy. Take a look at our list of home improvement tools that both the average homeowner, and beginner DIYer should have in their homes.

Which Tools Should Every Homeowner Have in Their Toolbox

  • Tape Measure ($10-$15): Choose a 25-foot long tape, which is long enough for a wide range of DIY projects.
  • Utility Knife ($15-$35): Cheaply-made knives are prone to problems such as blades that snap or won’t lock into place. Opt for a mid-range knife with a rubber grip to prevent slipping.
  • Claw Hammer ($10-$25): Choose one with a rubber or vinyl handle for easier grip, plus shock absorption.
  • Screwdriver Set ($10-$30): Find a set with both flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers in various sizes.
  • Nails and Screws ($5-$10 pack of nails / $10-$15 pack of screws): Purchase an assortment of round-head, oval-head and finish nails in various sizes. Do the same for wood and drywall screws.
  • Adjustable Pliers ($10-$15): Can also function as clamps and wire cutters. Adjustable pliers are also called plier wrenches or locking pliers. 
  • Adjustable Crescent Wrench ($15-$30): At the beginner level, a set isn’t necessary. One large adjustable wrench or one larger and one smaller will do.
  • Allen Wrenches ($5-$15): Choose a set with various sizes. Allen wrenches are also called hex keys.
  • Level ($5-$10): Yes, there are apps for that but an actual level can double as a straightedge if you opt for a larger version.
  • Stepladder ($50-$100): This isn’t exactly a tool, but a 6 to 10-foot step ladder will allow you to reach most areas where you might need to use your tools.

Additional Home Improvement Tools for the DIYer

Every homeowner should keep the above tools easily accessible and organized. If you’re familiar with these tools already, and want to start taking on more complex projects, you’ll need more than just the basics. Here are some additional tools:

  • Stud Finder ($10$25): Makes it easy to find studs for securely hanging shelves and other heavy items.
  • Power Drill ($30-$80 corded / $60-$100 cordless): Corded versions are cheaper than cordless. Whichever you choose, get the most for your money by buying one that can sand and grind in addition to drilling and driving screws.
  • Hacksaw ($10-$20): Can be used to cut through both wood and metal pipes.
  • Putty Knife ($5-$10): In addition to spreading putty, can be used for prying, scraping away residue, removing wallpaper and more.
  • Heavy-Duty Extension Cord ($15-$40): Get a 14-gauge or 12-gauge extension cord to run your power tools when there’s no nearby outlet.


We hope you’ve found this tool guide helpful, remember to use the correct tools and safety equipment when doing any home projects. If you’re doing any remodeling, call us at Dumpster Rental Inc for an affordable dumpster rental! Call today for a free quote and get started on your home projects!


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