Home Maintenance Essential Tools

Moving into a new home is a difficult process and can be incredibly stressful. Not only do you need to relocate all of your personal belongings, you may also be required to perform various bits of home maintenance to ensure your home is comfortable and a pleasure to live in. Home maintenance can include just about any aspect of DIY, from painting and wallpapering, to filling in gaps on walls and laying new carpets. Not everyone has access to all of the tools necessary to undergo such tasks, therefore hiring good quality equipment or getting a professional in to help is always a strong option. Not only will a reliable and well-trusted professional help to elevate some of the stress of moving, they should be able to complete jobs to a high standard. If you decide to hire tools instead, ensure that you are aware of how to use them or find someone that does. To make sure they can withstand constant use, many companies use industrial standard machinery, which may be a little trickier to use. However, if you're new to home maintenance and would prefer to try some basic DIY yourself, here are some basic bits of equipment you should have in your own toolbox.


A good screwdriver kit will allow you to fix and build many things around the house. From tightening up the handle on a saucepan to building that new piece of flatpack furniture you've just purchased. Having an array of different Philips and flat-head screwdrivers will mean that you won't be caught short when you're presented with different sized screws. Investing a little extra money for magnetic heads will also help immensely as you will be able to sue the screwdriver at different angles and in tight spots without the fear of dropping the screw.

Claw Hammer

A claw hammer is used to drive nails in and help to pull them out using the claw as a lever, but they're often needed when building flat pack kits to drive in wooden plugs as well. The Family Handyman recommends a non-wooden handle for better grip, a medium weight and a straight claw, which is better for general purpose tasks.

Adjustable wrench

If you've ever had a leaky tap or needed to tighten the bolt on a piece of furniture you'll understand the need for an adjustable wrench. Not only does it save space in your toolbox, it will allow you to work with various size bolts quickly and easily and effectively acts as multiple wrenches in one go.