12 Must-Have Additions to Any Homeowner’s Toolbox

Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by Kravelv

The toolkit is a must-have for every homeowner and is a worthwhile spend for home maintenance. Without a complete toolset, it can make home fixing and maintenance a challenge. Even if you are not the handyman type, you would still need those tools because they will help you create quick fixes around the house. You don’t have to be an expert to own a toolbox.


Preparing your own toolkit needs a little planning and research. The tools you need will really depend on your lifestyle and home needs. Aside from the basic tools such as screwdrivers, hammers, tape measure, etc., here are some things that you might consider adding to your list to help improve convenience and safety.

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses are useful for any project done at home. Whatever project you’re working on, always put safety first. Opt for OSHA certified lenses because it has better impact resistance that would protect your eyes.

Digital laser Measure

Digital laser measure may sound like a fancy gadget, but it is actually more useful than you think. Unlike the typical tape measure, you can use this to measure bigger space at much ease. You can find affordable ones at the store. A simple point and shoot, and you’ll get a reading. This is perfect if you are planning to paint the wall or find a perfect size rug.

Air Compressor

An air compressor can do a lot of things for your home project, from as simple as inflating balloons and tires, cleaning debris, especially in difficult spaces, and painting project using airbrushes. It helps accomplish a lot of things with ease.


A wheelbarrow is a very useful tool to help you carry around heavy stuff, especially when working in the yard or garage. From carrying compost, soil, cement bags, or even paint tubs, the wheelbarrow is a must-have in the house.

Stud Finder

A useful tool for your home, a stud finder is a device that will help you find framing studs in the house. There are different types of stud detectors in the market, but basically, you can choose the electronic or magnetic type.  

Plastic Taping Knife

If you have a short drywall project or need to fix a minor repair, get a plastic taping knife. It is cheaper than the professional ones and makes spreading the compound easier. It can be used to patch holes, smoothen walls, or create artistic finishes. A taping knife is bigger than the usual joint knife, which can help cover bigger space.

Knee Pads

Simple yet, these useful knee pads can save you from knee pain for many home projects. For instance, when you decide to install tiles flooring yourself, the knee pads can give comfort and support to your knees. This is not just about installing tiles; you can use it for gardening, car fixing, or anything that requires you to kneel.

Bucket Tool Organizer

As your tool collection grows, you need to get an organizer to keep your things in place. The bucket tool organizer is handy yet very useful in helping you organize all the tools, especially the small ones since it has small pockets. Since it comes in a bucket type, everything is visible and easy to find.

Nail Setter Kit

For home repairs, you can make it look like it is done by a professional with the help of a nail setter kit. It countersinks nails so you can cover it with putty or caulk making to get that smooth surface like a professional.

Scratch Awl

Another useful tool to have is the scratch awl. It can be used to mark lines on metal, plastic, or wood. It can also be used to make a small indent prior to drilling.

Rubber Mallet

A rubber mallet is different from the usual hammer. This is useful for smacking on the surface without causing damage. Tile installation, woodwork, and removing tar are few instances where rubber mallet is needed. It’s cheap and does not take much space

Gorilla Tape

Gorilla tape can be used for almost anything that needs quick fixes. It is super sticky and thick but is easy to rip. You can utilize it when there are torn tarps or broken plastic tools that need immediate fixing. It is a durable tape that is a must-have at home.


As you slowly understand your home’s personal needs, you will slowly build your toolbox at home. Your tools depend on your DIY preference. If you are the type of person who enjoys woodwork more than plumbing, then you will tend to focus on building your woodwork tools. There are many affordable tools you can find in the store, but choosing the basics and must-haves will help you organize and reduce clutter.

Kravelv is a full time digital marketer and part time furniture and cabinet maker. During his free time he would like to create something out of recycled woods, this varies from toys, furnitures plant boxes etc. Follow him on Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook