When my husband and I first got married we went up to Kennebunkport Maine for a weekend vacation. I was excited to be able to shop at the outlet stores on our way home. My husband insisted we visit Black & Decker where he bought a set of multi-sized screwdrivers. I was less than excited than he was. I preferred the clothing outlets but he insisted we would need these in our newly established home.
My father-in-law collected all types of nails and screws. His motto was you never know when you may need to find one. They were both always prepared for household fixes. Through the years (married 34 ) we have accumulated many more "necessary" tools and this has benefitted "do it yourself" repairs.
I know this has been a time and money saver and the screwdrivers have outlasted any outfits I bought that day. Although I still prefer clothes shopping I have learned, over the years, that there are times when you DO need the "right tools". I have put together a list of essential tools for today's homeowner below. In addition, yesterday's Slate had a list of "must have" DIY tools if you are planning your next shopping venture.
Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham. She raised 3 kids who did scouting and as a volunteer leader learned the motto "Always be prepared." She now appreciates this saying and as such is always prepared with the best tools to help her clients when buying and selling real estate. She welcomes referrals and invites you to visit her website at www.wendybcb.com or contact her directly if you would like to learn more about local real estate in the Metrowest Boston or Mashpee/New Seabury area.
Homeowner toolkit essentials:
Ball-end Allen wrenches
Brads, bolts, screws, nails, and spikes, various sizes
Channel-lock pliers (water pump pliers)
Curved claw hammer
Level (2-inch with aluminum housing) Locking long-nose pliers
Magnetic tack hammer
Portable tool box
Pump water vacuum (wet/dry vac)
Screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead
Socket wrench with a ratchet handle
Shears with stainless steel blades
Sheet metal screws
Utility knife with a retractable blade