Having your own home can become costly, especially those much-needed repairs and general maintenance. The cost of someone coming out just to analyze the situation and give you a rough estimate can cost upwards of a hundred dollars or more. This cost doesn’t include parts, labor and miscellaneous fees associated with the repair. Some companies may offer a “free” consultation but the repair itself will still include parts and labor and can be very expensive.
Instead of calling someone to do the job, you could save a ton of money by fixing simple home repairs and maintaining your home on your own. You don’t have to be a skilled handyman to tackle some of the easier tasks, and if you are unsure of how to fix something, chances are you can do a quick search online to figure it out. Here are 4 must-have tools for home repair and maintenance, that will help get the job done, all while saving you money:
1. Power Drill or Power Screwdriver
Whether you are tightening those loose cabinet handles or other loose screws around the house, you’ll want to invest in a power drill or power screwdriver. Having one of these tools will make the job go easier and faster. Old-fashioned screwdrivers were completely manual. It was still possible to get the job done, but it took a lot of manpower, and it also took longer. You can quickly insert and remove all types of screws, from Phillips head, flat head, Allen wrench sizes and more with a power drill or power screwdriver.
It’s still a good idea to keep a traditional set of screwdrivers just in case your power is out, and you can’t charge your drill or screwdriver batteries. If you don’t want to buy both, the power drill and power screwdriver, opt for the drill. It can do everything that the power screwdriver can and then some. You can purchase a variety of drill bits and attachments to get the job done. However, power screwdrivers are cheaper and work great for simple repairs and routine maintenance.
2. Ladder or Step Stool
Some home repairs and general maintenance may be out of reach. Don’t stand on a counter, bar stool or another unsafe surface. Make sure you have a step stool or ladder handy. You may not always need it, but it is good to have on hand when you can’t reach what you’re trying to fix. It will provide a stable, safe place for you to stand while doing your repairs and maintenance and most will fold easily for storage.
Having a flashlight is great for emergencies and power outages. They also come in handy when doing repairs or maintenance in those hard-to-see places around your home. If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it. There are a variety of flashlights on the market, tailored to the handyman at heart. Some have clips or tabs so that you can hang them close by, while others click into different positions, providing you light at any angle. You could also purchase a headlamp flashlight. These work great when you’re working on something that you are looking at directly. Keep a flashlight in your toolbox, so that it is easy to locate and make sure you always put it back.
While old-fashioned screwdrivers are slowly being taken over by power screwdrivers and power drills, one thing remains the same. A good old-fashioned hammer will never become obsolete. Hammers have been around for a very long time! You can’t always screw something in with a screwdriver. Sometimes you may need to add a bit of extra power and force. Having a hammer will provide both of those, and they are super durable. Just remember you get what you pay for. A cheaply priced and cheaply made hammer will not be a good investment.
Buy a hammer that is solidly made and made right! You’ll get many years of use out of a decently made hammer. Most hammers are made with a claw end and a hammering end. Both can be used for a variety of jobs. The claw end works great for removing old nails or breakthrough boards and other surfaces. The hammer end can withstand plenty of force and come in a variety of sizes and styles, like the ball peen hammer, rubber tipped and other types.