Key Tools for the DIYer

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When I first moved into my house, I really didn’t see the importance of having tools at home because I had home warranty insurance. It wasn’t until a year or two later when it all started settling in. During the time of my warranty, I realized how much money I was paying out to the warranty plus the cost of having someone come in to complete the repair when something needed to be done. At the end of my second year, I decided to cancel it. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some things I will leave to the professional. At the same time, there are also some projects that I am confident that I could do myself.

With that in mind, I had to get some tools for the house. I didn’t spend much at first, because I inherited my dad’s tools which were plenty (Btw: I had to pay via sweat equity because they were all buried in the basement :-), but it was worth it). Since then, I have see the benefit of having tools on hand and I wanted to share what I learned.


When you move into a new home or would like to start the path of DIY, having your own set of tools can really play a big part in getting the job done, especially when you plan on completing multiple repairs, renovations, or projects in your new space. Some of the benefits of having tools on hand is that:

  • It can save on time.
  • It can save you money.
  • Increase your productivity.
  • Encourage you to buy the items needed to work safely.

These are some of the perks of having your own tool set. Now that you know that, the next step is knowing where you can by them from.

Purchasing Your Tools

Now there are many tools that you can buy, but the goal is to start with what you need first then allow yourself to grow overtime. For instance, I started off with a combination of general tools, however, overtime I added some upholstery and painting tools to my inventory as well because I was going to use them consistently.

When it came to purchasing my tools, it was a combination of buying from local hardware stores, buying online (i.e. Ebay, Amazon), and visiting estate sales. Each one has its pros and cons but it really depends on the needs of the buyer. Local hardware stores are nice because you have the option to either purchase or rent tools. This is great if you have a project that needs special tools such as a tile cutter to finish the flooring in your home. Online shopping is another option because in some cases, you can buy the item cheaper. The downfalls of this method are longer wait times and shipping fees. I usually like to compare prices on multiple sites then make a final decision. Estate sales or apps like Offerup or Letgo are great because the previous owner is really trying to get rid of stuff in their home because it is too packed or simply because they are moving. During the estate sales, you can actually go see the tool, plug it up the see if it works, and possibly negotiate a price.

Next I will give you a quick list of some of the tools that I started off with.

Types of Tools

Below is a quick list of some the general tools you can purchase from the places recently mentioned. This list is a good starter point and can be expanded on as you see fit. I also added links from Home Depot or Amazon so that you can get an idea of what each piece looks like. (Please note, I am not affiliated with the vendors in the links below. I am using the links for information purposes only. Please feel free to search around for comparative brand/ pricing.)

If you know that you are going to work on a lot of projects, this is a good one time investment that will pay for itself many times over. Well that’s my list… What tools do you have in your home? Let me know in the comments below!
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