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Doing craftsmanship yourself can save you a lot of money. Even if you do not know how it is done, the effort is not always as big as you might expect. The internet is full of ideas and guides on how to repair, renovate or install on your own.

Without the right tools it can be difficult though. With that in mind, we have put together a list of tools everyone should have at home, so that you can avoid hiring someone every time you need a task to be done.

Power Drill

This handy tool can save you a lot of time and is an easy, quick way to drill holes in walls, tables or other piece of furniture. Since they are electrical, moving screws in and out is very easy. Cordless power drills are particularly practical; whilst they have less power than those with cables, you have more freedom to move.

Screw driver set

Whether it’s to change batteries or unwind screws from hinges, a set of different sized screwdrivers is a particularly practical item for any household. A high-quality set will save you a lot of time and energy, as the drivers will last longer, and save you from frustration.

Pliers/wire strippers

These are the best tools for pulling out nails, bending, or cutting wires of different kinds. Whilst they may not seem like an essential item, they will prove their worth when you need to hold an item firmly in place.

Adjustable wrench

A wrench, or spanner, can also be useful for plumbing purposes. If you have to tighten the pipes, make sure to have an adjustable wrench in your toolbox.  Wrenches can also be used to turn rusty and stubborn nuts if you need a stronger grip.

Flash light

Whether there’s a blackout, or you’re taking a trip to a dark garage or basement and need some extra light – flashlights are always good to have at home.  Make sure you have a few batteries as reserve, or save money on batteries by purchasing a wind up flashlight, which may last longer in case the power goes out for a long period of time.


Ladders are very important. They help you clean shelves, or put decorations up on high walls. If you have a ceiling storage, then this will come in handy when you need to get into the attic safely. Once in a while, something as minor as changing light bulbs can be made easier.

Tape measure

Small but vital, tape measures will come in handy when moving into your new property or refurnishing. Measure the length covered for placement instead of relying on the estimation of your eye; you will be saved a lot of time and hassle, especially if you need to know how big an object is to save from buying something oversized.

Pocket knife

A pocket knife such as a Swiss army knife is handy due to its small, light nature. If you have a hard time opening a tight bottle cap, or need some scissors, a pen or screwdriver at a moment’s notice, a pocket knife will have everything you need.

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