Essential Tools For The First Time Homeowner

A black & white photo of various tools for new homeowners.

The Basic Tools For Every New Homeowner

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make, so the first time you find yourself sitting at a closing table signing the papers will be nerve wracking, naturally. One of the most shocking things that a first time homeowner will experience is the realization that they can no longer call the landlord when something breaks or goes wrong. As a homeowner, if there is a problem, you have to fix it. Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of the top tools that a first time homeowner will undoubtedly need.


Whether A-frame or extension, every homeowner needs a ladder. From hanging holiday lights to cleaning gutters, a ladder makes everyday life much easier.

Circular Saw

If you’re like most new homeowners, you have some ideas for projects and home improvements. A circular saw can help with anything from building a new deck to installing new shelving, any project where a hand saw would take too much effort and time.

Cordless Drill

A no-brainer. A good cordless drill will help you hang curtain rods and pictures, construct shelving and DIY pieces, and just about anything else you can think of. As an added bonus, a battery powered drill gives you all the power without struggling with a long cord.


Everyone should have a hammer. Whether you want to be thrifty or buy a quality tool, hammers come in an array of designs, colors, and materials.

Garden Hose

A garden hose is the thing you don’t think of until you need it. Nowadays, you can find garden hoses in a variety of colors and materials. Don’t forget the nozzle and a good storage option.

Tape Measure

A tape measure allows you to correctly place furniture in your new house. Because of its compact size, tape measures can be taken with you while shopping to ensure new furniture is a perfect fit.


A level is invaluable while hanging artwork. And levels are available in a range of options, including a $10 basic one and a more expensive LCD screened one.


Many stores are now selling screwdrivers with interchangeable tips. This is always a good option, since moving requires many sizes and types of screws.


A set, containing numerous varieties, will be the only pliers you ever need. Most sets include an adjustable wrench, slip joint, long-nose, diagonal, and groove joint.

Stud Finder

Whether you’re hanging art or hanging the television, finding a stud is the first step. A stud finder will save you time and errant holes in your new wall. Studs are available in both magnetic and digital.

Miscellaneous Box of Nails & Screws

Invest in small containers of both nails and screws in varying sizes. You never know when you’ll need to hang or construct something, and it’s best to have tools on hand at all times.

This list will get you started with the essentials, but I’m sure you’ll be collecting many more tools along the way. Good luck!

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