First Time Homeowner Toolkit

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So, you are buying a new home! This can be a challenging and exciting time, but one thing that many people overlook is that homes need to be maintained. That is why it is so important to have a homeowner toolkit! You can either buy, create your own, or gift one to a new home buyer that you know! At the end of this article, I will have a few pre-made toolkits that feature most of the tools that I suggest. So, without further ado, let's begin this list!

1. Toolbox

A toolbox is a place to put all of your tools so that you always know where they are. This is the backbone of any toolkit, which is why it is so important. This will also help find your tools in case you are looking for them. A toolkit can be very simple, and very cheap. You can find a simple toolbox at Home Depot, for around $10 that gets outstanding reviews!

2. Screwdriver Set

Screwdrivers are also a very useful tool. Screwdrivers are probably the most used item on this list. From assembling furniture to changing the batteries in some electronics, a screwdriver set can be used almost daily. Since they will be used so often, we suggest a set with multiple sizes of both Philips and flatheads. There are many options but the one we have listed is from Amazon for about $20.

3. Hammer

A hammer is one of the most useful tools that a homeowner can use. A hammer will help you hang picture frames. A hammer can also be used to help readjust doors, close paint cans, and much, much more. It might not get used as much as a screwdriver set, but when it is needed, there is nothing that can replace it. One of the options is from Amazon and is around $16.

4. Tape Measure

When trying to figure out a room's furniture and decorations, it is invaluable to have a tape measure. Not only can they help you design a room, but they can also help you make sure pictures and other items hung on walls are straight and in the right place. Tape measures can be very cheap and the one we suggest is only around $7!

5. Utility Knife

A tool that is often overlooked is the utility knife. The reason for needing a utility knife is because when you need to cut a straight line in something, like cardboard, a regular kitchen knife just won't cut it (pun intended). Like tape measures, this tool is also very affordable, coming in at around $6 from Home Depot.

6. Pliers

Pliers are an extremely useful tool for every home buyer. They can be used to bend things, like wires and other malleable objects. They can also help you grab and grip screws, bolts, and other small objects that need to be tightened or loosened. There are a few different kinds of pliers and all can be useful: slip joint pliers, nose pliers, and diagonal pliers. We suggest a 3 piece set of these pliers at Home Depot for around $15.

7. Drill

A drill is one of the more nonessential tools on this list. Screwdrivers can do most of the same tasks as a drill, it just might take longer and be more difficult. Drills are only a good idea if you are conformable operating power tools. If not, I would steer clear of them. They are also the most expensive item on this list. But, if you are comfortable with power tools and you are willing to spend the money, you save so much time and energy with a drill. Drills are around $60 on Amazon.

8. Level

Levels are an easy way to know for sure if something is straight, which makes them a super useful tool. Not only can a level help you straighten pictures and other objects, but they can also be used as a ruler to help you draw straight lines when you can not find a real ruler. We suggest either a 9in torpedo level or a 12in level because they will easily fit into the toolbox we suggested above. They are around $5 and $15, respectively.

9. Wrenches

Wrenches are not always needed, but when they are, they are a tremendous help. There are a few different types of wrenches: combination set, an adjustable wrench, and an Allen wrench. Each wrench has its own uses. I suggest one of each kind, but if that is not an option, the adjustable and Allen wrench are the most useful. These two types are also the cheapest. At Home Depot, you can find the adjustable for around $5 and the Allen wrench is around $7.

10. Pencil/Sharpie

I highly recommend getting a designated pencil or Sharpie just for your toolkit. They are always being lost when you need them, which is why I always suggest keeping 1 - or 5 - pencils/Sharpies at all times. They are very cheap, only around $4-5 for a 5 pack.

Completed Toolkits

There are countless toolkits on many online platforms. There are a few toolkits on Amazon that I would suggest.

They have a 218-piece toolkit that features every tool on the list except the drill and a pencil/Sharpie. This kit is good because it features wrenches and pliers. This kit costs around $75.

Amazon also has another toolkit, which is a 60-piece kit, for around $90. This kit features a drill but does not feature a variety of tools, like the different pliers or an Allen wrench.


No matter if you are the handiest man in the world or don't know the difference between a Philips and a flat head, every homeowner needs a toolkit. Make sure you a prepared for the next time your home needs to be maintained and invest in a homeowner toolkit!