Once all the papers are signed and it’s time to move into your new home, one of the first things most new homeowners do is compile a list of projects that need to be completed. Whether it's hanging photos, installing speaker cables—or anything in between—ensuring you have the right tools for the job is the first step toward successfully turning your new house into a home.

While most people could probably find a hammer and some screwdrivers somewhere among their possessions, things such as a drill, leveler, ratchets, electrical tape and different size screws and nails will most likely need to be bought in order to easily complete the projects you have in mind.

Once you’ve determined which tools are necessary to complete the projects on your wish list, a trip to your local hardware store is a must. Now that you’re a homeowner, it’s time to look past keeping your tool collection in a junk drawer and organize your tools in an easy-to-find manner. Therefore, the first thing you should put in your cart is an actual toolbox.

If you don’t already own a hammer and different sized screwdrivers (both flat and Phillips head), now’s the time to buy a nice set. From hanging artwork to replacing batteries in smoke detectors and many other ordinary fix-it-up opportunities, you’ll be amazed at how often these items come in handy.

Next on the list should be pliers and wrenches, as these are good for tightening shelves and cabinets and many small plumbing jobs you might do in the bathroom. There’s also a special tool that is used to turn a small knob on the garbage disposal to help fix any blockages, so make sure you have one of those, too.

A tape measure is another great tool for new homeowners. If you’re thinking about buying new furniture and accessories and want to ensure everything will fit into the space, a tape measure will undoubtedly come in handy. When it comes to buying a good tape measure that won’t break or tear easily, a few extra dollars will go a long way.

A drill is important as well, and there are lots of options out there. To save hassle, go with a cordless, reversible drill and add on a package of different sized bits so you’ll never have any problems hanging or loosening things.

Extension cords are one of those items you won’t think about until needed, so it’s a good idea to pick up a few so that you’re prepared should you need one down the road. Not only do they come in handy at parties, they are also good to have during the holiday season. In addition, they can be a lifesaver when it comes to rooms in your home where electrical outlets aren’t where you need them.

Other things you should buy include a utility knife and blades for cutting exact edges, a saw for cutting wood, vice/clamps to stabilize items you’re cutting, wire cutters to get rid of unnecessary wires and wall hangers in different sizes to make sure you can hang things of all weights.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the hardware store, either. Let them know you’ve just moved into a new home as they may be able to suggest additional tools that will help make projects around the home much easier.

Contact our office today to learn more about transforming your new house into a home.

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