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The Essential Tools for Homeowners

March 31, 2021
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Best Tools for Homeowners

Having the right tool for the right job makes a homeowner’s life so much easier. But with thousands of tools on the market, where do you even begin? We here at One Less Trip are all about keeping things simple. So let’s start with the basics. These eight essential tools for homeowners will get you off to a great start.  


If you’ve ever tried to hammer a nail without the tool itself or remove a nail with a poor substitute or makeshift tool, you’re well aware of the importance of a claw hammer. This handy tool has a flat hammerhead on one side for pounding and a notch on the back for removing nails. 


Even if you can’t think of any immediate uses, you’ll be amazed at how often you end up needing and using a drill. Drills rank at the top of the list of essential power tools, and you’ll thank yourself later if you invest in a quality cordless drill for the easiest access and use.  

Screwdriver Set 

Screwdrivers are another must-have essential tool for homeowners, and it’s worth your while to invest in a whole set of them. This will give you plenty of size and screw-head type options for tightening, loosening, removing and assembling all sorts of things moving forward.  


Handy for so many tasks, durable pliers are another must. While there are dozens of types of sizes of pliers at the ready, you’d do well to start with two. One is a pair of needle-nose pliers for those hard-to-reach areas and tasks. The other is a pair of tongue-and-groove pliers, which is good for jobs that involve fastening and turning.   


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Allen Wrench Set 

Also known as hex keys, Allen wrenches have tons of uses. One often comes packed with assemble-it-yourself furniture. In addition to keeping those included with furniture purchases, get a set of Allen wrenches in different sizes that will end up helping you with a range of tasks.  

Tape Measure 

Life is so much more fun when you don’t have to measure things with a ruler and string. A quality tape measure will serve you very well for checking the dimensions of basically anything. A manual tape measure gets plenty of jobs done, or you can go for a digital tape measure for even greater ease.  


No matter how keen your eyesight is, there’s a good chance your shelves, mirrors and picture frames may be a little crooked unless you have a level. Again, you have your choice of manual levels or electronic ones. A laser level has the added bonus of making the job of hanging and building things a bit more fun. 

Putty Knife 

Keep your good silverware intact by getting the right tool for scraping, filling cracks or applying caulk. That right tool is the putty knife. Although putty knives are inexpensive and easy to buy, they’re also one of the most frequently overlooked items on the list of essential tools for homeowners.  

Filling Your Toolbox

Filling your toolbox with these eight tools will set you up with the basic essentials to take care of loads of tasks. Better still, many are available right here at One Less Trip. Start shopping today.  

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