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Basic Household Tools

You may have some of these tools lying around somewhere, but to know where these items are – preferably in one location – makes it more convenient to perform basic household repairs.  If you don’t have these items, your local hardware store or major department store will be able to help you.  This basic toolkit works well for homeowners as well as renters.  You can also find all kinds of information on the internet to piece together the best toolkit for your skill level.  Below is a suggestion as to where to start.  


And remember, there’s always “the right tool for the job”.  ‘No hammering with a pair of pliers.  


Have a minimum supply of 4-packs of the most commonly used batteries on hand: ‘AAA’, ‘AA’, ‘C’, and ‘D’.  (Remotes, smoke alarms, flashlights, etc.)  

Cordless Drill  

This is a “must have”, since there are endless uses for it – whether you need to drill holes (get the basic drill bit set for starters), or you need the stamina of a power tool to assemble that mega entertainment center you just bought. (Most cordless drills come with screwdriver tips these days.)  

Extension cord  
You just never know.  Keep in mind you’ll be limited if you get a 6’ cord.  If you’re buying only one cord, it’s better to have the cord longer than being too short. 

Super glue, carpenter’s glue, and white glue should cover most household needs.  

Hanging pictures, shelves, sealing up paint can lids, etc. 
Light bulbs 

Don’t be left in the dark! ('Sorry...)  Always have an emergency pack of light bulbs (the higher the wattage, the brighter/less energy efficient).  You never know when the bulb in the stairway will burn out.  

Level (3’)  
There are so many different kinds.  It’s best to get a level made out of a material that won’t warp.  (“Class, what’s the point of having a straight edge?”)  A good, sturdy metal level will last a lifetime.  Examples of use are lining up drilling holes, checking alignment on virtually anything (pictures, shelving, flat surfaces, those towel racks you haven’t put up yet...), a straight edge for cutting wallpaper or heavier materials when using a utility knife, etc.  
Nails & screws (fasteners)  
If you’re not sure where to begin here, it might be best to get a variety pack of nails and screws to get started.  In reality, the specific job will dictate which fasteners you will need, but for those quick fixes, it’s best to have at least the variety pack on hand if you can’t run down to the hardware store.  

Once aligned, you need to mark off your drill holes, right?  

Unfortunately, having one pair of pliers won’t do everything.  Needle-nose pliers are commonly used, and heavy grooved pliers are ideal for pulling out nails or large staples. (Again, no hammering!)  
Protective glasses or goggles  
You don’t want to shoot your eye out, now, do you?  You only have one set of eyes – protect them when sanding, scraping, hammering overhead, etc.  (They have cool looking ones now, not to worry.)  
Granted, it’s not exciting stuff, but you will – at some point – need a plunger.  And in a pinch (no pun intended), it will help unclog the furry Tribble stuck in the shower drain. 
Putty knife 
'Used to scrape off paint or used to apply spackle.  ‘Usually inexpensive.
What’s ‘spackle’...?  
Spackle (Also known as "wall-patching compound")

Phooey! – you drilled a hole in the wrong place and the sheetrock now looks like Swiss cheese.  How do you fix it?  Spackle it.  ‘Also used in repairing cracks or defects in walls.  (Read the package label for instructions or ask your local hardware store for advice.  Anything larger than a pint- or quart-sized container for your job, and you may need to be calling a contractor instead.)  

“Goof off”, “Goo Gone”, “Simple Green®”, for example.  These are great solvents for removing scuffs, sticky substances, tape residue, and other related messes.  Be sure to read the packaging for proper use. 

Similar to fasteners, the job will call out for what size and type of screwdriver you will need.  But to get started, have at least one of each kind of screwdriver: a medium-sized Philips (cross-shaped tip), and a medium-sized ‘flat head’.  Also, a set of tiny screwdrivers (‘jewelers’ or an ‘eyeglass repair kit' set) will come in handy.  

Duct tape (it’s not pretty, but it practically holds everything together), masking tape, and/or packing tape.  Blue painter’s tape has a variety of uses, primarily used for masking off areas that you don’t want paint without causing damage when you peel it off. 
Tape measure  
While you may think the 6’ – 12’ tape measures may do it for you, what if you need to measure the dimensions of a room?  If you’re only going to buy one tape measure, go with 25’.  A secondary 6’ or 12’ is great – but only for small jobs.
Utility blades & holder ("box cutter", knife)
There are many varieties, so check out your options at the local hardware store.  Keep durability and blade replacement in mind when making your choice.  
Wire cutters 

Ideal for electrical jobs, picture wire, crafts, etc.  


The Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors® (NFCAR) offers this information strictly as a guide to assist in the task of residential moving.  Under no terms may NFCAR, its Board of Directors, staff, nor membership may be held responsible nor liable for any inaccuracies, complications, or problems associated with your move, contracts, or transactions.   















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