25 Tools That Every House Needs To Have

Posted by , Updated on November 7, 2018

While you can’t replace a good handyman, any wise homeowner will tell you that there are certain basics you need to have on hand. I’m certainly no certified contractor, and honestly, I break things more than I fix them, but I’ve still found these tools incredibly useful. You’ll never know when you need to tighten a chair or hang a picture. If you’re a new home owner, or even if you’ve owned a few houses, here are 25 Tools That Every House Needs To Have! Trust me, it will save you some heartache and money!



colored chalk in a line

An easy to use non-permanent marking instrument such as chalk is a must for construction projects or any other project that necessitates a temporary marking. If you need to make sure your pictures are hung up evenly, a straight-edged object and a piece of chalk is all you need.




You’ll never know what you need to chop down, and axes aren’t just for plaid-shirt wearing lumberjacks. There are various instruments that can be used to cut through thick objects, but this tool is especially convenient for splitting wood for the fireplace.


Protective Goggles

protective goggles

Before you start any project, you need to make sure that you’re safe and that you can’t get hurt – protective goggles will keep your eyes safe.


Razor Knife

razor knife

A sharp razor knife is necessary to cut things like ropes, wires, or even pipes.


Staple Gun

staple gun

For when you need to quickly secure loose items (like wires), a staple gun just can’t be beat.


Wire Stripper

wire stripper

For those times when you need to rewire a component, a wire stripper is a must.


Manual Saw


From sawing PVC pipes to trimming trees branches, a saw is a cost effective tool that will enable you to get these jobs done. Trust me, you may not use it everyday, but you’ll be glad to have it when you need it.


Sewing Needle


Why throw out ripped clothes when you can patch them and use them for gardening and cleaning?


Lawn Mower


Anyone who wants a house with nicely cut, green grass needs a lawn mower.




If you want to saw something larger (like a tree), you’ll need a little more than just a manual saw, and that’s where the chainsaw comes in. Warning: These are very dangerous, so use caution when operating one.


Measuring Tape

Measuring Tape

A measuring tape is needed for practically all house projects that consist of hanging objects and renovations. When making renovations, you constantly have to measure to make sure you have the correct proportions for everything. You can also use the straight line of tape to make sure anything you hang is hung perfectly straight.




A rope is a diverse tool that can be used for tying down objects, restricting certain passages, towing, or for a good game of tug o’ war. If you have a house with a tree you could even create a tire swing. (Of course you’d still need the tire.)


Leaf Blower

man using leafblower

A leaf blower is exactly what you’ll need when all those pesky leaves start to fall all over the ground in autumn. You could always use a broom to sweep the leaves off, but the leaf blower is faster, less work, and more efficient; don’t make any job tougher than it has to be.



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Again, safety comes first – you shouldn’t use chairs and other replacements for ladders when you can use a ladder that’s stable. With that said, a ladder is an absolute must, especially for projects like cleaning the gutters or satellite dish installments. There is no safer, more efficient way to reach the top of your roof than with a ladder.



blue shovel

If your house has a yard, then you need a shovel. Whether it’s for making a hole to plant a tree, or to uproot a stubborn plant, a shovel is the tool to use. This tool is particularly critical if you are any gardener. (And let’s not forget the fact that is also needed in case of a zombie apocalypse.)


Hedge Trimmer


If you want a crisp, clean-looking, hedged yard, you’ll need to invest in a hedge trimmer. We’d also like to recommend learning how to trim your hedges before actually trimming anything; you’ve been warned.


Glue Gun

glue gun

For those projects that require some gluing. Duct tape may be strong, but for a stronger longer-lasting hold, glue is the best solution. This is a tool that can be used for a variety of projects from repairs to crafting.



woman using broom

Don’t think that the only tools you’ll need are tools made to fix things up or break things down. You need cleaning tools to make your house not only functional, but to actually look functional. A broom is a must-have for any tidy house.



colorful scissors

What kind of project is possible without using scissors? You should have one pair in your kitchen, one in your garage, and one in your garden so you don’t go looking for them when you’re in the middle of something. Scissors are a tool you could find a use for on a daily basis, so don’t go one day without one.



person using drill

In order to create small holes for various purposes, a drill is a must. A drill will serve you well for easy tasks like hanging a picture or harder ones like changing a whole plumbing system. Buying one is a great investment for your household.



flashlight ad

A flashlight is an absolute must for every home. You never know when the power will go out or when you need to tinker with your car. But in either case, a flashlight will help you illuminate your work area.


Wrench Set

wrench set

Of course to unloosen anything, you are going to need a wrench. This is going to be a critical tool in any house repair that involves that use of bolts. Whether is fixing your toilet or sink, the wrench is the right tool to use.


Duct Tape

duct tape

Probably one of the most diverse tools you could possibly have, duct tape can fix just about anything. If you don’t use it for maintenance or fixing items, it is also an excellent tool for arts and crafts; tape is one of the most diverse tools you can own.


Find out clever ways to use duct tape here!



screwdriver set

In today’s world, many components are screwed in place with various screw types and sizes. As such, a screwdriver is an absolute necessity if you are planning to tinker with house components that have been screwed in place. Not to mention, you will most likely need a screwdriver for any household object containing batteries in it.




From hanging pictures to bending mental, a hammer is a tool that is needed to accomplish such tasks, and there are even more tasks than that. If you don’t own hammer, we highly recommend you get one; I can almost guarantee you will need one eventually.

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