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Simple Home Maintenance Tools You Should Have

Published by Chris Townsend

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Even if you don’t consider yourself a handy person when it comes to home maintenance and handling simple repairs, there are still some basic tools you should have on hand in your home or apartment. You probably already have some of the most common tools laying around somewhere, like a hammer, screwdrivers, and measuring tape. This article goes one step further and lays out some of the items you may not have in a bare bones tool kit, but things you’ll definitely want to have on hand when you need them.

Stud Finder

If you plan to hang anything on your walls—and we’re sure you do—you’ll want to have a stud finder. This is a simple tool which helps you locate the sturdier wood framework behind the drywall, which you’ll want to locate if you’re hanging anything that’s not super lightweight. Even when hanging lighter items, it’s a good idea to use a stud finder so you don’t damage your walls. When it comes to heavier things like mirrors or shelving, you’ll want to make sure you’re nailing into the studs to create the most stable stress point possible to ensure nothing falls off the walls.

Power Drill & Bits

For the uninitiated, a power drill may seem like a more advanced tool to have your toolkit, but they’re actually very simple to use and can save you an incredible amount of time and energy. Whether you’re putting together furniture or securing screws into the wall (using your stud finder of course!), a power drill can do the job of any screwdriver in a fraction of the time and provide a much cleaner finished product. As power tools go, a drill and bits are affordable and will make a great addition to any tool kit. Remember that you’ll want different sizes and types of bits for various jobs, but most drills come equipped with everything you’ll need.

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Adjustable Wrench

An adjustable wrench or crescent wrench is handy because it can take the place of an entire wrench set since it can be tightened or loosened to fit whatever size nuts or bolts you’re adjusting. It’s a very versatile and affordable tool that should be considered one of the essentials for even the most basic tool kit since it can do so much. While there are some advantages to having a complete wrench set that has a specific range of sizes, a good crescent wrench is just fine for tackling most basic things around the house.


Just as a stud finder is necessary for securely hanging things on the wall, a level is just as important if you want them to be straight. If you’re just eyeballing pictures and shelves, odds are you’re going to be at least a little off and once you notice a slight tilt, it’s hard to ignore. A good level will make sure you only have to drill into the wall once and you’ll be able to do it with confidence that whatever you’re hanging will be perfect level.

Staple Gun

A staple gun may seem like a surprising addition to this list, but it’s a very useful tool for repairing furniture, hanging strings of lights, or reattaching upholstery. You can use smaller carpentry nails for many of these tasks, but it takes a lot more work, and you may be using more than you really need to get the job done. A staple gun is great for the jobs mentioned above because it’s so quick and easy to use—and you’ll be glad you have one when the time comes.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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