Top Tools for Every Homeowner – Even If You’re a DIY Novice

You’ll have no doubt heard the saying, ‘a workman is only as good as his tools’. And when you’re embarking on any new jobs around your garden and home, this couldn’t be closer to the truth. 

Even if, like me, you’re not a DIY master, having the right tools on standby will really help you get the job done – quickly and easily. 

From finding the right clothing to being armed with all the tools you’ll need, we’ve put together a list of must-haves that’ll help you get those DIY jobs done in no time (and you might actually enjoy doing them, too!).

Top Tools for Every Homeowner – Even If You’re a DIY Novice

01. Tools for the Garden 

Gardening can be a huge chore, especially if you’ve never had green fingers and aren’t likely to grow any anytime soon. And while you may try and put off this task for as long as possible, when the warmer weather arrives your garden becomes hard to ignore. 

So make light work of those jobs with the following basics:

  • A fork
  • A spade
  • A hand fork and hand trowel
  • A rake
  • A hoe
  • A pair of secateurs 

By investing in these essentials, you should find yourself conquering the weeds with ease.

Top Tools for Every Homeowner – Even If You’re a DIY Novice

02. Tools for Jobs Around the Home 

Whether you’re trying to be more proactive with your DIY jobs or you’re just moving into your first home, you can save a lot of money by doing your own jobs. However, this will require a few tools, including:

  • A utility knife
  • An adjustable wrench
  • Screwdrivers – a flat-head and Philips screwdriver are musts, preferably in a few different sizes, too
  • A hammer – one with a claw is ideal so you can use this end to prise nails out of the wall
  • A scraper
  • A pair of pliers
  • A handsaw
  • A tape measure
  • A torch
  • Screws, nails and other nuts and bolts
  • Tape – masking tape, duct tape and electrical tape if possible 

And of course, no toolkit would be complete without the toolbox!

Top Tools for Every Homeowner – Even If You’re a DIY Novice

03. DIY Ensembles 

Now you’ve got all the tools you need to get the job done, what about your get up? OK, so most jobs will be doable with some old clothes and shoes that you aren’t worried about getting holes in or stains on. However, if you’re doing something for days on end or you’re getting to grips with a more challenging DIY project, you might want to source some sturdier footwear and workwear. 

For example, when you’re up to your eyeballs in nettles and thistles, some heavy-duty gardening gloves will go a long way. If you’re doing anything that causes debris to fly around, lots of dust or splashes of liquid, a pair of goggles will help protect your eyes. And if you’re sawing or sanding, it’s always a good idea to wear a mask so you’re not inhaling all of the dust you’re creating. 

As you continue to use all your tools, you’ll soon gain confidence in your DIY abilities – perhaps even adding to this essential toolkit as you go along.

Thanks for reading.
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  1. 03/06/2018 / 1:34 am

    These are all essentials! I found that out the last two years of planning my 120ft jungle! It was hard work I’m not going to lie!
    Have a great weekend
    Laurie xx

  2. 26/06/2018 / 7:56 am

    Thank you for sharing these essential tools! I just moved in last 3 months and I really need to provide this house some homeowner tools. Plus, a great way to start doing DIY projects. Cheers!

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