You can avoid costly expenses by performing preventative maintenance and simple repairs on your own home, but in order to do so you’ll need to stock a basic toolkit. This article includes the essential home repair tools to help you keep things running smoothly, and so you can be prepared for most things homeownership will throw at you.

Safety Equipment

The most important things to have when working with tools are basic protective gear to keep you safe while working. These can include, but are not limited to:

Flashlight – Proper illumination is important to get a job done well and keep you safe while working in dark environments. Consider a head lamp if you often don’t have an extra hand to spare.

Safety glasses – Protect your eyes from anything that might fly their way.

Gloves – Protect your hands from blisters, cuts, and scrapes.

Earplugs – Protect your ears from loud power tools etc.

Masks – Protect your lungs from debris and fumes.

Simple Tools

The following list includes basic maintenance tools that every home should have:

Screwdrivers – No toolbox is complete without a Phillips head and a flathead screwdriver. Ones that change out sizes are particularly convenient and take up less space.

Hammer – Being able to hammer in nails or remove them is useful for many projects.

Utility knife – Many tasks become easier with a good utility knife. Open boxes, cut cords, sharpen pencils and more with this important tool.

Putty knife – Flattened putty knives are great for removing paint and other hard-to-remove substances from surfaces without scratching them.

Measuring tape – Never get caught unaware when trying to fit furniture, appliances, blinds, rugs, or any other item into a space. Measuring tape is essential for any DIY project.

Wrenches – Adjustable wrenches are crucial for plumbing and other maintenance jobs. Also keep some Allen wrenches on hand for when you need to make adjustments to furniture or toys.

Pliers, grips, and clamps – Along with wrenches, needle nose pliers, vice grips, and clamps are invaluable for getting a grip for all sorts of fixes.

Handsaw – Whether you need to cut wood, plastic, or some kinds of metal, a good handsaw will go a long way. They are portable and work great for small jobs that don’t need power tools.

Ladder – A stepladder can come in handy in all sorts of situations where you need to reach high places, not just for maintenance.

Level – Don’t let your pictures or shelves hang crooked on the wall. A level is easy to use, makes your decorations look great, and can be used in other projects such as woodworking.

Five gallon bucket – A good bucket can be used to hold liquids, tools, or almost any other kind of material to help you with your DIY projects.

More Advanced Tools

There are plenty of useful tools that are a bit more complex and require batteries or a power cord to use while still being simple to operate. They can speed up the process on many projects.

Power drill – Power drills are extremely versatile and useful machines with many different kinds of interchangeable bits. You can use them to speed up almost any task, from drilling holes and driving screws to mixing paint and grinding materials.

Circular saw – This tool makes quick work of many woodworking projects.

Stud finder – Don’t guess where the studs and pipes are in your walls when hanging heavy pictures.


Tools come in many forms, and some chemicals are crucial for making your home maintenance jobs easier.

Duct tape – Every home should have a roll of duct tape around for quick fixes. It really does solve a lot of problems, even if only temporarily until a more permanent solution can be found.

Super glue – From arts and crafts to all kinds of basic repairs, super glue is super useful to have on hand.

WD-40 – This miraculous substance will help with all sorts of problems, including providing lubrication, cleaning tough materials, and protecting metal from corrosion and rust.

Whether you enjoy doing your own home repairs or just want to be prepared for basic maintenance, keep this list in mind when stocking your toolkit. Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid expensive repairs and keep everything around your house running smoothly. Everyone knows that being a homeowner can be a pain, but by keeping a well-stocked toolkit, you keep yourself prepared for all sorts of situations that will arise over the years.

If you want more information on preventative maintenance, check out Complete Protection’s other blogs that go into detail about how to keep your home appliances running smoothly and efficiently.