If there is one thing that all new homeowners learn in record time, it’s that home improvement projects are always on the go.
These can range from small paint touch-ups to huge renovation projects that take weeks to complete. As humans, we are driven to improve our surroundings – a lot of the time we want more, but most of the time, we simply want better.
If you’ve watched any DIY videos online, you’ll know that these are completed using a myriad of different tools. While these can be nice to have, not all of them are necessary. So, to make your home improvement life easier, this article will highlight the top seven tools that every budding DIY master needs to have:
1. Sturdy Stepladder
Let’s face it; even the tallest people have trouble reaching places.
For the rest of us average humans, we need a sturdy stepladder to help us reach the heights we want. They don’t just come in handy for large projects either – they get frequently used for projects of any size – or even simply to get something from above the fridge.
If you don’t already have a stepladder, you must have so many lightbulbs that need changing!
2. Nail Gun
Also known as a nailer – nail guns are powerful tools that allow a person to drive in as many nails as required without getting tired or losing accuracy. They can be used on a range of objects and materials and are much faster than a standard hammer.
If your next home improvement project requires a lot of nails, use a nail gun – it is by far the most effective and accurate method.
3. Cordless Drill
Cordless drills are on every DIYer’s Christmas list, and for good reason.
One of their most obvious benefits is that they are far more convenient than their corded counterparts for DIY projects. You can take a cordless drill wherever you need to, making them ideal for outdoor jobs.
Cordless drills don’t have wires to get tangled, meaning you can easily adjust your position as and when you need to – without risking a fall.
4. Pre-Cut Plastic Sheets
Everyone knows that home improvement projects are often messy.
That is the beauty of doing things yourself – getting your hands dirty is cathartic. What many people don’t realize until it is often too late is that most of the mess from DIY projects can be permanent.
We’re talking about paint on sofas and ruined hardwood floors. The kind of thing that no one wants to have to deal with, least of all during a project with a tight deadline. The solution to this problem is simple – get yourself loads of pre-cut plastic sheets.
These are great for giving you the confidence to paint in peace and make cleaning up much quicker!
5. Tape Measure
When choosing the perfect tape measure for your home improvement projects, there are a few factors to consider. These include price, cheaper units are rarely good quality, and they don’t last long enough – the numbers on the tape typically start rubbing off before you can even complete your first project.
Choose a wider-than-average tape measure; they are less prone to bending and collapsing, even when extended to their fullest.
A level is a handy tool to determine if a surface is horizontal or vertical. A well-made level can take the guesswork out of so many tasks.
When you need to set fence posts, install household appliances, or even lay tiles precisely, there is but one tool that gets used to do the job properly: the level.
For advanced users, levels can measure slopes to help build decks or bookshelves, and for basic users, they can get used for hanging paintings up straight.
Ah, the hammer. The most basic, yet necessary, tool in a kit.
A good quality hammer should last a lifetime, maybe even two or three! Hammers are the most essential tool for performing a wide range of tasks, from simple things like driving in nails to demolishing an old kitchen.
Choose a reliable brand with a comfortable grip. That will help keep its weight balanced for accuracy of use and allow for better control to prevent injuries and reduce user fatigue.
The best and worst thing about tool collections is that they are never complete. There is always something new and exciting to add to it. So, don’t rush out and buy the first things you see. Take your time to choose – you can always add to your collection as you go. Most DIYers do.